Get to Know Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Stu Sells
Aug. 20, 2012
LogAN, Utah - With the hiring of a Utah State new women's basketball head coach, Jerry Finkbeiner, this May, came the restructuring of the remainder of the coaching staff. Throughout the summer, we have been introducing each member of the staff, helping Aggie fans get to know them.
Stu Sells is the only member of the USU coaching staff to be held over from Raegan Pebeley's tenure. Prior to his college coaching career, Sells coached high school and club basketball in Idaho. He was the head coach at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho, where he coached former Aggie great Jenny (Gross) Brown, along with current Aggie player, Devyn Christensen. Sells led the Falcons to the 2006 Idaho Class 5A State Championship with a perfect 26-0 season. One of the original founders of the Idaho Flash Girls Basketball Club, Sells coached the club for five years, coaching and mentoring over 25 players who earned college scholarships.
In addition to coaching, Sells is also the owner of Register Graphics, a product branding company in Nampa, Idaho, that he and his wife, Sandra, have owned and operated for the past 23 years. Sells attended Northwest Nazarene College in Caldwell, Idaho, and he and his wife, Sandra have two children, a son, Kyle and a daughter, Cassie.
Tell us about yourself:
What is your favorite part about coaching?
"Honestly, it's seeing that instant when a player has that light kick on and they really, really get it. Whether it's a skill set, an understanding of how something works, or a big-picture item, there's always a time when you see that light come on and they truly get it. To me, that's pretty exciting because as a coach, you've been able to build a rapport and a relationship with that player to where you can share something with them and they truly trust and believe it. That goes to another thing I love which is just the relationships in coaching. The relationship with a player, with their parents, with the faculty and staff, and how we can all work together toward one goal."
Describe the other coaches in just a few words:
"Micha (Vandervort) is going to be the face of our program. She's young, energetic, seasoned beyond her years. She brings a lot of experience to us even though she's very young. I'm excited to try and keep up with her.
"I have known Robert (Donaldson) for 30 years. He's someone I'm excited to coach with because we've kind of come full-circle. I love his presence. He's a great big teddy bear really, but brings an incredible wealth of experience from his playing days as well as his coaching. I can't wait."
What is your biggest goal for the season?
What's a fun or little-known fact about you that might surprise people?