Leslie Reinecker is entering her fifth season as a member of the Sam Houston State University Women’s Basketball coaching staff. She joined the Bearkats’ coaching staff as an assistant before the 2009-2010 season and has played a major role in building the program into a consistent winner. In her first season in 2010, the Bearkats qualified for the Southland Conference post season tournament for the first time in six seasons after posting an 8-8 regular season league record, the most wins for the program since 2000.
In 2011, the Bearkats rolled up a 17-14 overall record to post their first above .500 year since the 1995-1996 squad went 18-10. SHSU raced to an 11-5 Southland Conference mark to tie with UTSA as 2011 Southland West Division co-champions.
The 2012 Bearkats added a second consecutive West Division championship. With their 12-4 league record, the women achieved their highest seed (third) at the Southland post-season tournament. The .750 winning percentage in Southland action is the program’s highest in 25 years in the league.
The 18-12 overall record equaled the school mark for most victories in one year, tying the 1996 squad.
The 35 victories during this two-year span mark the most in a two-year period for SHSU’s 30-year history as an NCAA program and contributed to the program’s first invitations to pre-season and post-season tournaments (WBI and WNIT).
The 2013 squad posted an overall record of 18-15, once again tying the school record for most victories in one year and earned the program’s first Southland Conference regular season championship with a 13-5 conference record. The team capped off their banner season with a selection to the WNIT.
“Leslie has been such a great addition to our staff,” head coach Brenda Nichols said. “She is a quality young coach with experience both at the high school and college level. Her knowledge of Texas high school basketball has been a big plus for our program and brings us a great perspective in recruiting.”
Reinecker is primarily responsible for guard development, overseeing the scouting of opponents, monitoring the team’s academic progress, and assisting in recruiting.
Recently, Reinecker was a speaker at the first ever WBCA/NACWAA Whiteboard Session for professional development, speaking on the topic of successfully building team culture.