Former collegiate coach and Ops person chooses the high school route |

Coaching? Operations? If I want to stay in athletics, what positions are for me? What level? All part of the many factors that must be considered when pursuing a career in athletics.

Brock Girls Basketball Coach Shawna Lavender never expected to take a coaching job at the high school level.

Now that she has, Lavender, who is married with an eleven year old son named Austin, knows it was the right decision.

Head coach of Abilene Christian University’s women’s basketball team for nine years, as well as the former Director of Basketball Operations at Saint Mary’s University for four years, Lavender loved her place at the college level.

The lack of family time continued for Lavender after leaving ACU for the Director of Basketball Operations position at SMU.

“After ACU, we moved to Dallas. Austin was starting kindergarten, and one of the reasons the Director of Basketball Operations at SMU was appealing, was that I didn’t have the recruiting part. Which the recruiting aspect of college takes a ton of time, being at that level, with travel during the season. It was crazy. We were on the East Coast a lot and gone for a lot of days at a time. The hours we worked during the summer. It’s just a lot. So when I had to make a decision on what to do next, it was the right time, the right place, the right opportunity. I don’t know that I would have taken a high school job anywhere, but it just felt like it was the right place.”

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