Neighbors, Ord Officially Join Women's Basketball Staff
BOULDER - The University of Colorado at Boulder has named Mike Neighbors and Bethann Shapiro Ord assistant women's basketball coaches effective immediately.
Neighbors and Ord come to Colorado from the University of Tulsa where they were assistants under Kathy McConnell-Miller who was recently named head women's basketball coach at CU.
"I am excited to announce the addition of Coach Neighbors and Coach Ord to the Colorado women's basketball staff," McConnell-Miller said. "They identified instantly with Colorado's winning tradition and that Boulder is a great place to be."
Ord, 37, spent six seasons at Tulsa with McConnell-Miller where she served as the program's recruiting coordinator, assisted with opponent scouting and was the team's academic and compliance liaison with the TU athletic department. Neighbors, 36, spent four seasons at Tulsa where he coordinated opponent scouting, scheduling, assisted with player development and served as one of the Golden Hurricane's primary recruiters.
Ord's recruiting efforts at Tulsa resulted in three top 50 recruiting classes and one in the top 25. She has been a part of 91 victories in six years at a Tulsa program that had only 81 wins in the previous 14 years of the program. Ord helped the Golden Hurricane land at least on player on either the All-Western Athletic Conference first or second teams in each of the past six seasons.
A 15-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Ord spent one season as an assistant at the University of Dayton (1997-98), one season at Auburn University (1996-97), four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh (1992-96) and two years at Wagner College where she earned her master's degree in elementary education in 1992. In 1998-99, the year prior to starting at Tulsa, Ord was the head women's coach for Western New York in the Empire State Games and was the public and community relations director for the Buffalo Bandits professional lacrosse team. She was also the coordinator of arena athletics for the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
"Coach Ord is a veteran recruiter and tireless worker both on and off the court, and that is exactly what we need at Colorado," McConnell-Miller said. "She knows the types of players it takes to win championships and has had a lot of success recruiting on the national level for the past 15 years. Bethann has a great relationship with players and coaches and will have an immediate impact on the CU women's basketball program."
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Ord earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 1989. She was a three-year letterwinner and starter at point guard for the Retrievers. The former Bethann Shapiro, she married Jim Ord on Aug. 9, 2003.
In Neighbors' four seasons at Tulsa, he saw the program climb to new heights. The Golden Hurricane compiled a 69-52 mark with Neighbors on the bench and advanced to the last two WNIT postseason tournaments ? the only two postseason appearances in team history. Tulsa also achieved 31 conference wins during that span including a pair of third place WAC finishes.
Neighbors' recruiting efforts helped Tulsa claim a top-25 class in 2003-04 (for two or fewer signees) and the 2004-05 class was the WAC's best and ranked 43rd in the nation. A Tulsa player has gained either WAC first or second team honors each of his four years and, in 2003, he helped Allison Curtin gain honorable mention All-America honors.
"Coach Neighbors is a great asset to me on the floor," McConnell-Miller said. "Off the floor, his scouting and game day preparation is second to none. In addition to scouting and recruiting, Mike will assist with player development, and he will challenge our players and this program every time we step on the floor."
Prior to his arrival at Tulsa, Neighbors spent two seasons (1999-2001) as a women's basketball administrative assistant for the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. Before moving to the collegiate ranks, he was a successful head coach in the Arkansas girls' high school ranks. He led Cabot High School to a 19-9 record in 1998-99 placing second in the Class 5A-East Conference and earning a state appearance. In four years at Bentonville High School (1994-98) he was twice named the Benton County Coach of the Year and led his team to the 1997 Class 5A state finals.
Neighbors earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas in 1993, and he completed his associate's degree at Westark (Ark.) Community College in 1989.