Emporia State taps SMNW’s McIntosh to be assistant coach
Few people knew that when the Emporia State University women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship that the reverberations would be felt as far away as Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
But that’s just what happened.
The Hornets’ national title set off a string of coaching changes that ended in Northwest girls head coach Brian McIntosh taking the newly open ESU women’s assistant coaching position and leaving the Cougars searching for a new coach just two years after McIntosh’s hiring.
After Brandon Schneider helped guide the Lady Hornets to a National Championship against Fort Lewis College on March 26, the new national title coach was a hot commodity. He was offered and on April 19 accepted an opportunity to coach the NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin University’s women’s program.
In short succession, ESU assistant coach Jory Wilson was elevated to the Hornets’ top spot. In searching for capable assistants, Wilson didn’t take long in contacting McIntosh, a longtime friend.
It was an offer on which McIntosh deliberated for many tough hours.
“My wife and I thought about it for a good two weeks,” said McIntosh from Emporia, still not settled in after just moving on Memorial Day weekend. “We’re both from here (Emporia) and it was a nice opportunity to have family around and to go to a Division II national champion. It was an opportunity we just couldn’t pass up.”
McIntosh also had a familiarity with the Hornets’ program after using their relatively close proximity to Shawnee to help with his own preparation as the Cougars’ coach.
“I’ve known Jory since I was a student at ESU,” McIntosh said. “We kept in contact and I would come down and shadow them at least once a year, so I’ve been around the program.”
While McIntosh begins his duties as a Hornets’ assistant, he is still keeping tabs on the Cougar program as it nails down his successor.
“I think our administration will do a great job,” McIntosh said. “I would like to see the program continue to grow. We’ve done a lot with our youth program and we need someone who will step in and do what that takes. It’s a good job for any coach coming in — they will have a great junior class, a great sophomore class and a really good freshman class coming in.”