Anthony Anderson joined the Bearkat coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season after five seasons as an assistant for the women's basketball team at UT Rio Grande Valley.
Anderson took over the responsibility of recruiting coordinator for the 2017-18 season for coach Larry Tidwell's squad and helped the program reach new heights. While on staff at UTRGV, the team achieved its first winning season (19-15) and postseason appearance (WBI) in the NCAA Division I history of the program in 2014-15, and sustained that success by going 19-14 and reaching the WNIT in 2015-16, and then a 19-14 record, its first postseason win, a spot in the WBI Quarterfinals, and the Preseason WNIT in 2016-17.
Anderson made a large impact on the play of the point guards, helping to transition WAC Player of the Year Shawnte' Goff from small forward to point guard in 2015-16, and developing T'Ondria Nolen into one of the top point guards in the WAC. She led the conference and ranked 37th in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08) while dishing out 131 assists, the third-highest single-season total in program history, in 2014-15.
Under Anderson's guidance, Goff finished her career ranked second in program history in assists with 336. He also successfully helped Bernesha Peters transition from shooting guard to point guard in 2016-17.
Prior to UTRGV, Anderson helped the Lamar State College – Port Arthur men's team to a 20-11 record, including a 10-9 mark in conference play, in 2012-13.
Anderson spent the 2011-12 season on the men’s basketball coaching staff at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, doubling as both the associate head coach of the varsity team and the head coach of the junior varsity team. He also served as an academic monitor and tutor.
He worked with the Louisiana Blue Chips AAU traveling team during the summers of 2011 and 2012, where he coached the 17 and under elite team. Anderon’s father, Anthony Anderson, Sr., runs the Louisiana Blue Chips organization after coaching basketball at schools such as McNeese State, New Orleans, UT Arlington, SMU and TCU.
The younger Anderson also took part in the Isaiah Thomas Basketball Camp during the summer of 2010 and the Five Star Basketball Camp during each of the last four summers.
Anderson played collegiately at Florida International University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 2011. He went on to earn a Master of Sports Science in sports coaching with an emphasis on NCAA Compliance from the United States Sports Academy this year.
Anderson is originally from Slidell, Louisiana.
Kira Carter joined the Bearkat women's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season, coming to Sam Houston after a memorable season at Milwaukee.
The 2017-18 season was a memorable one for the Panthers. Carter helped guide Milwaukee to 21 wins - the second-highest total in program history, including two wins over Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Northwestern. The team earned an at-large berth to the Postseason WNIT, opening things up with an impressive 81-67 road win.
Carter also coached a pair of players to postseason honors last year. Steph Kostowicz and Jenny Lindner were both named to the All-Horizon League teams, marking the first time since 2005-06 that Milwaukee earned a pair of representatives on the 10-player all-league team.
She joined the Milwaukee women's basketball staff as an assistant coach heading into the 2017-18 season after one season at Missouri S&T. As the lone assistant on the Miners staff, Carter handled or assisted in seemingly all aspects of the program. She was responsible for all scouting, film work and game planning, as well as travel arrangements. She also assisted in recruiting, player development, practice planning and budgetary decisions.
Prior to her time with the Miners, Carter spent two years at Wabash Valley College, where she helped the Warriors to a Region XXIV Championships and an NJCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2015. In all, she helped WVC to a 55-12 overall record in her two years with the team, helping coach three players to all-conference honors, including one as an NJCAA First Team All-American.
Carter also spent time at Thomas College and with AAU team Manzer Basketball Academy.
A standout on the court, Carter started her collegiate career at Oakland, where she appeared in 28 games as a freshman. She then transferred closer to home, where she earned First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Region 24 honors at Wabash Valley College. She then closed out her collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, starting 47 games with the Chanticleers.
Following her college career, Carter spent one year overseas with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
A native of Indianapolis, Carter received her masters degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University in August of 2015.
Brittany Mason joined the Sam Houston women's basketball staff prior to the 2018-19 season after two seasons with Ravon Justice on the Prairie View staff.
The LaPorte, Texas native teams up with Justice for the third time in her coaching career at SHSU after also serving as an assistant coach at Texas A&M–Kingsville the two seasons prior to Prairie View. Before her time with the Javelinas, Mason was a four-year letterwinner and later an assistant coach at Houston during Justice's tenure on the Houston staff.
While at Prairie View A&M, Mason helped Justice resurrect and refocus the once prominent women’s basketball program. In 2016-17, the team had a school record five non-conference wins against teams from Conference USA, the Southland and the MEAC. The Panthers posted an 11-2 home record in her first season along with coaching a second team all-SWAC selection and second team Box-To-Row All American selection in Alexus Parker.
In 2017-18, the Panthers posted a 12-6 SWAC record, a five-game improvement from the season before, and missed earning a share of the league title by one gamebefore making it to the SWAC semifinals for the first time in three seasons.
As a senior, Mason played an integral role in helping lead the Cougars to a memorable and record-breaking season. Houston posted a 26-6 overall record and claimed a perfect 16-0 mark en route to making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.
Mason, known for her stingy defense, averaged a career-high 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a senior for career averages of 4.0 points and 4.3 boards per contest.
She played in 119 career games, which ranks eighth in school history, with 70 starts. Mason also places ninth in the Houston record book in minutes played (2,578).
Mason graduated from Houston in August 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and followed up with a master’s of education with an emphasis in sports and fitness administration.