[vc_row][vc_column][sc_heading]Apache Women’s Basketball Coaches[/sc_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”23141″ img_size=”large” title=”Head Coach”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
|Position:||Head Women’s Basketball Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Fort Hays State University|
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Misty Opat, has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. She comes to Cochise College most recently from Chicago State University (CSU), where she served as head coach for the women’s team. Coach Opat spent two seasons with the Cougars.
Before her time at CSU, Opat spent ten seasons at Rock Valley College (RVC) in Rockford, Ill., where she served as head women’s basketball coach and athletic director. She led her team to capture four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championships and seven consecutive North Central Community College Conference (N4C) titles.
Opat received the Spalding NJCAA D-III National Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2017, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year six times, the Region IV Coach of the Year seven times, the District 2 Coach of the Year five times, and the Coach of the NJCAA D-III National Tournament four times while at RVC.
Prior to RVC, Opat had posted seven years of NCAA Division I experience, which includes assisting the University of Kansas to two Big 12 Conference championships and two NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances from 1995-98 followed by stints at UIC (1999-2002) and Fresno State (1998-99).
Opat earned an associate of science degree from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., where she was a two-year team captain in basketball and named to the all-conference and all-region teams in both of her seasons. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., where she earned NAIA All-American honors as a player. She then went on to obtain a master of science degree in sports administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”23151″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
|Alma Mater:||Appalachian State University|
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Raven Gary Williams is one of the rising young coaches and enters her first season with the Cochise College Apaches. Last year, she served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Chicago State University.
Her rich basketball history and knowledge of the game give her endless potential as a coach. Williams played professional basketball overseas for three years. One year in Morocco, where her team won a championship, and she was named tournament MVP. Then two years playing in Europe and Turkey.
Willams graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013, earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications. She was a two-year starter at Appalachian State University. She made the SoCon All-Tournament First Team and helped lead the team to two winning seasons.
Before Appalachian, Williams attended Kishwaukee College (KC) and completed an associate degree in communications. While there, she helped lead the Kishwaukee Kougars to a 2011 Arrowhead Conference Championship. To date, she set the (NJCAA) single-game assist record with 19, which she currently still holds.
Williams was also named first-team all-Region IV as a sophomore and second-team all-Region IV as a freshman. She ended her time at KC as the school’s all-time assists leader (320) and broke the record for single-game assists twice. She played for a team that compiled back-to-back 20 win seasons (45-20). She also won an IHSA Class 3A State Championship Title as a junior in high school at John Marshall in Chicago (2008).
Williams is no stranger to hard work, winning, and dedication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]