Apache Women’s Basketball Coaches
Laura Hughes holds a 189-59 head coaching record and is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Cochise College Women’s Basketball program. For the past five years, Cochise College women’s basketball has averaged more wins than any other five-year stretch in its history. Hughes guided the 2018-19 Apache squad to a 28-4 record. For the third year in a row Cochise women’s basketball was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Champions, Region 1 Champions and participated in the National Championship Tournament held in Lubbock, TX. Over the last three years, the Apaches have an overall 85-11 record and have had four players named to the NJCCA All-American Team. This past season seven sophomores signed to play at four-year colleges including Yemiyah Morris with one of the top women’s basketball program in the country Mississippi State. At Cochise College, Hughes helped guide over 30 players to basketball careers at four-year universities, including 2017 graduate All American, Sophia Elenga who signed at Arizona State and all-conference player 2018 graduate Deezha Battle who signed with Pepperdine University.
Prior to Cochise, Coach Hughes spent 15 years as an assistant coach with Arizona State University Women’s Basketball. Hughes helped lead ASU to the postseason 12 consecutive seasons, including a school-record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-2009). In 2009 she helped guide the Sun Devils to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons. At ASU Hughes was involved with every aspect of the program, including recruiting numerous top 25 classes, running summer camps, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, budgeting, on-court instruction, scouting, strength and condition and much more. She helped develop and train WNBA player Briann January (Indiana Fever) and more than 20 former ASU players who are now playing professionally overseas.
Before ASU Coach Hughes spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Northern Arizona University where she earned her master’s in education. Hughes has more than 20 years of Division One experience, including a successful playing career at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, she helped guide them to an NIT championship and NCAA 2nd round appearance while earning her bachelor’s degree in biology.
Shareka Maner joins the Cochise College Women’s Basketball program after spending last season at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, CO.
While at Colorado Northwestern Community College, Shareka served as the assistant women’s basketball coach, academic advisor and retention specialist for the 2018-2019 season. While at CNCC, Maner was in charge of the strength and conditioning program, recruiting, travel arrangements and budget, post player development, film breakdown and scouting for opponents, and monitoring academic performance.
Before CNCC Shareka served as the assistant and interim head women’s basketball coach at Colby Community College in Colby, KS during the 2017-2018 season. While at CCC Coach Maner’s duties included day to day operations, budget, and travel, recruiting, player development, practice, and game plan development, strength and conditioning, practice and game film breakdown, scouting of opponents, monitoring academics, public relations, and player evaluations.
A native of Spring Hill, Fla., Maner played at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville and earned high academic honors. She helped lead her team to four straight county basketball championships, a district title, and four Sweet 16 appearances. Maner made the all-county team all four years and was named the league player of the year. She was also a member of the track and field team and qualified for the regional championships in the triple jump.
After high school, Maner attended the University of Maine in Orono. She redshirted her freshman year due to an injury and was a University of Maine Scholar-Athlete Rising Star. Maner made the first of her two starts of the season at Binghamton and set career highs in points (6) and rebounds (13).
Her junior year Maner transferred to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where she averaged 7.1 points and six rebounds for the Lady Reddies. A ruptured Achilles ended her season, and she did not play her senior year.
After graduating from Henderson State with a bachelor’s degree in sport management, she continued at HSU to earn a master’s degree in sports administration. Maner earned high honors and made the dean’s list throughout her academic career at HSU.