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Welcome Julian Assibey - New Women's Assistant Basketball Coach

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"We are very excited to add Julian, his wife Kaylee, and son's Malachi and Elijah to our Husker women's basketball family," Williams said. "Julian is a high-energy, passionate coach and a dynamic recruiter. His 16 years of collegiate coaching experience coupled with his values and integrity make him the perfect person to positively impact our student-athletes through the game of basketball."
Assibey (pronounced ah-SEE-bay) comes to Lincoln after spending the past three years as an assistant coach at Florida, where he helped the Gators to three consecutive postseason berths.
Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Assibey grew up in Downey, Calif., before earning four letters in men's basketball while also competing in track and field (long jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter relay) at William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Filled that position pretty quickly (4 days). Must have been a previous connection or they knew Goehle was planning on leaving for some time. Anybody know if there was a previous connection with Williams or any of the assistants?
This is a really impressive hire by Amy Williams. Coach Assibey's players improved everywhere he's been. He also knows the region's recruiting landscape from his time at Colorado.

I was stunned at Coach Goehle's retirement, but I definitely understand and respect his decision to pursue his passion for mission work. I'm sure he's going to do a lot of good in the world. I suspect he and Amy Williams had talked about his plan for months, which allowed her to research potential replacements and make this hire quickly.
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Filled that position pretty quickly (4 days). Must have been a previous connection or they knew Goehle was planning on leaving for some time. Anybody know if there was a previous connection with Williams or any of the assistants?

Coach Goehle had been on Amy's staff for 8 years, going back to their days at South Dakota. You don't stay on the same staff that long without being friends with the head coach apart from your shared passion for basketball. (Some of the road trips are too long to work with people you don't like. ) I'm quite sure they talked about his potential retirement for months. He's been doing mission work for years, so Amy knows about his passion for that work and probably wasn't surprised when Coach Goehle told her he was thinking about moving on to new things.

Amy might know Assibey from his two years at Colorado.
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University of Florida, Assistant Coach – Second Year (April 2020 – present)
  • Completed second season on staff in 2021-22
  • Helped develop Alberte Rimdal into an SEC All-Freshman team recipient and key reserve
  • Rimdal shot 38.9% from deep in SEC play and became the first freshman in UF history to record back-to-back games with five triples made
  • Throughout her freshman season, Rimdal scored in double figures five times, including a season-best 17 at Alabama
  • During his second season, Assibey assisted in getting the Gators back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016
  • Officially announced as assistant coach on April 27, 2020
  • In first season on staff Assibey helped guide the Gators to their first postseason berth since 2016 and first postseason victory since 2014
  • He played a key role in the continued development of Florida’s dynamic backcourt of Kiki Smith and Lavender Briggs
  • Smith became the first player in program history to lead her team in scoring, rebounding and assists for a single season and Briggs, after averaging 19.4 points per game, was tabbed All-SEC Second Team
  • Freshman Jordyn Merritt put together one of the best rookie campaigns in the SEC and was recognized by the league as an All-SEC Freshman Team selection
  • Assibey helped sophomore Nina Rickards enjoy a strong second year with the Gators as the New York native compiled eight double-figure scoring efforts, four double-digit rebounding games and two double-doubles in 24 games played
  • Under Assibey’s watch, the Gators put together their best non-conference season (7-1) in five years
  • Assibey helped the Gators secure another strong recruiting class as Taliyah and Tatyana Wyche, Jeriah Warren and Alberte Rimdal all made the pledge for the 2021 cohort
Here's a link to an interview that Jessica Coody did with new assistant WBB coach Julian Assibey last Thursday evening on Sports nightly you will learn a lot more about him. Well spoken, knowledgeable and extremely glad to be here. (from about the 1 hr; 18 min mark through 1 hr; 36 min.)