Coaching Staff

 

Hanna Howard  |  Associate Head Coach

Hanna Howard is in her third season as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at TCU in 2016-17, while entering her seventh season alongside head coach Raegan Pebley on the sidelines.

The duo has helped their teams reach the postseason in each of the last six years, including earning the Big 12's automatic berth into the WNIT in each of their first two seasons in Fort Worth. Howard helped the Frogs to the WNIT Second Round in 2014-15 and the WNIT Third Round in 2015-16, winning 18 games in each season along the way.

Howard's defensive influence has quickly caught on at TCU as the Horned Frogs have ranked second in the Big 12 in steals in each of the last two seasons, posting 10.6 per game in 2014-15 and 8.8 per game in 2015-16.

TCU's 338 steals in 2014-15 were the fifth most in program history while their 165 blocks in 2015-16 were the seventh most in program history. The Frogs 2014-15 defense led the Big 12 by forcing 18.3 turnovers per game en route to a program-best third place finish in Big 12 play and the first postseason victory since 2008.

Senior Chelsea Prince set the TCU single-season steals record (103) en route to earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014-15, marking the fourth straight season that one of Howard's student-athlete earned conference defensive player of the year honors.

Prior to coming to TCU, Howard spent two seasons with Pebley at Fresno State, where the Bulldogs made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

Howard's defensive gameplan paid dividends at Fresno State, as the Bulldogs ranked third in the country in steals (12.9 ppg) during the 2012-13 campaign and set a school and Mountain West record with 426 total steals on the season. Fresno State guards Ki-Ki Moore, Taylor Thompson and Rosie Moult ranked one, two and three in the Mountain West in steals en route to setting the school and league steal records.

Moore was named the 2012-13 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and Moult was named with her on the Mountain West All-Defensive team.

Howard joined the Utah State coaching staff in the summer of 2010 and helped lead the Aggies to back-to-back WNIT appearances in her two seasons in Logan. In her last year at USU, Howard helped direct the Aggies to a school record 21 wins and senior forward Ashlee Brown was named the 2012 WAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Prior to joining Pebley at Utah State, Howard began her career as an assistant at UC San Diego, where the Tritons compiled a 77-22 overall record and rose to as high as No. 3 nationally. Howard starred collegiately at the University of Portland.

Howard earned her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University, Irvine in February 2010.

The former Hanna Seltzer married Marques Howard in August 2009. Hanna and Marques have two children, Mason and Maya.

 

Britney Brown  |  Assistant Coach

Britney Brown is in her first season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at TCU in 2016-17.

Brown arrived at TCU after serving the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska, helping lead the Cornhuskers to the WNIT.

Prior to arriving at Nebraska, Brown spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Tulsa.

In her first season at Tulsa in 2011-12, Brown helped the Hurricane to an eight-game improvement in the win column and their best Conference USA finish since 2005-06. A year later, Brown played a key role in helping the Hurricane capture the 2013 Conference USA Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa finished with 17 wins, a four-game improvement over the previous year. The Hurricane returned to the postseason in 2013-14 with an 18-14 record.

Brown went to Tulsa after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Putnam City West High School.

Brown's high school coaching experience came after spending two seasons as the video coordinator at Oklahoma, while working to complete her master's degree. In her second season on the Oklahoma staff, the Sooners advanced to the 2009 NCAA Women's Final Four and finished with a 32-5 overall record. OU went 22-9 and advanced to the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Brown's first season on staff.

Brown's coaching career began after a successful playing career in which she played in 129 games with made 59 starts over four years for Oklahoma from 2003-07. Brown was a player on OU teams that won a total of 100 games and captured five Big 12 Conference regular season or tournament championships. Eight of her Oklahoma teammates were either drafted or signed WNBA contracts.

As a starter her junior season, Brown earned All-Big 12 honorable mention accolades as the Sooners went 31-5 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. She averaged 7.0 points and 4.3 assists while starting 33 games to help the Sooners to a 16-0 Big 12 mark and three more wins in the Big 12 Tournament.

As a senior in 2006-07, Brown helped the Sooners return to the NCAA Sweet 16. Oklahoma finished with a 28-5 overall record that included a 13-3 Big 12 mark. The Sooners finished 17-13 in Brown's sophomore season (2004-05), after going 24-9 during her freshman campaign (2003-04), when she appeared in 32 games with one start.

A native of Okmulgee, Okla., Brown starred at Norman North High School, where she finished her career as the school's all-time scoring and assists leader.

 

Abi Olajuwon  |  Assistant Coach

Abi Olajuwon is in her first season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at TCU in 2018-19. In addition to her role as recruiting coordinator, Olajuwon also works with the TCU post players.

Olajuwon came to TCU after spending the previous seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, including spending last season as the Eagles' recruiting coordinator.

In both of her seasons, the Eagles signed the MAC's top recruiting class. Last season, with Olajuwon as the recruiting coordinator, EMU had a roster with four true freshmen, a redshirt freshman and four transfers. Those players accounted for over 70 percent of EMU's scoring, including true freshman Courtnie Lewis who averaged 15.0 points per game and was a MAC All-Freshman Team selection.

Prior to EMU, Olajuwon began her coaching career at Cal State Fullerton where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. While with the Titans, Olajuwon had a big impact on another freshman, helping Michelle Berry lead the Big West with 12 double-doubles while averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds on her way to Big West All-Freshman honors.

Olajuwon, a 2010 Oklahoma graduate, played in the 2009 and 2010 Women's Final Four, and won Big 12 Championships in 2007 and 2009. As a senior in 2009-10, she started all 38 games at center, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Olajuwon and fellow TCU assistant coach Britney Brown were teammates for one season at Oklahoma. Brown was and senior and Olajuwon was a freshman in 2006-07.

Olajuwon, the daughter of hall of fame center Hakeem Olajuwon, was a third-round pick by the Chicago Sky in the 2010 WNBA Draft and played for the Sky as a rookie before signing to play with the Tulsa Shock in 2011. In addition to the two WNBA stops, Olajuwon played overseas for clubs in Hungary, Romania, Isreal, Croatia, France, Brazil, China and Spain in a three-year professional playing career.

A Los Angeles native, Olajuwon starred at The Marlborough School where she won three state championships. After her senior season in 2006, Olajuwon was named a McDonald's All-American as well as a WBCA and USA Today All-American.

 

Angela Gonzaga  |  Director of Operations

Angela Gonzaga enters her third season at TCU as director of operations in 2016-17, while entering her fourth season under head coach Raegan Pebley after holding the position at Fresno State during the 2013-14 season.

Prior to her stop at Fresno State, Gonzaga served a second stint at San Jose State as a Learning Specialist in the Student-Athlete Services Department.

Before rejoining the San Jose State staff, Gonzaga spent three years with the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative.

In the last year of her three-year tenure at San Jose State from 2008-2011, Gonzaga served as a women's basketball assistant coach. As assistant coach, she was in charge of perimeter player development and recruiting. While serving for the Spartans, Gonzaga helped sign one of the school's strongest recruiting classes that included two McDonald's All-America nominees.

Prior to San Jose State, Gonzaga was at Notre Dame High School in San Jose where she spent five years as the Director of Community Service Learning. While at Notre Dame, Gonzaga served as a basketball coach for six seasons.

Upon graduating from Notre Dame High School in San Jose in 2000, Gonzaga attended the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif., where she was a shooting guard for the Lady Argonauts. After one year, she transferred to Santa Clara University.

A 2004 graduate of Santa Clara, Gonzaga received multiple degrees, including sociology and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in community studies with an emphasis in urban education. She then received a Single-Subject Credential in social studies from the University of San Francisco and a Master's of Arts in Teaching in 2005 from USF.

She was honored as the Outstanding Teacher Educator Candidate for the Class of 2005 and honored again as a Class Nobel Educator of Distinction in 2006 and 2007.


Leah Foster |  Player Development Coordinator

Leah Foster begins her first season as the player development coordinator at TCU in 2018-19 following four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Tulsa.

Prior to her stint with the Hurricanes, Foster served in the same role at Loyola during the 2014-15 campaign and was an assistant coach at Houston for three seasons (2011-14), where she recruited the 22nd-best class in 2012 according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and the 39th-best class by ESPN HoopGurlz.

Foster also spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College where she helped the Big Green capture the 2009 Ivy League Championship, while posting an 18-11 record and earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Texas State women’s basketball program for two years (2006-08). A four-year letterwinner at St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), an NCAA Division II program, Foster led the Hilltoppers to the 2006 Heartland Conference Championship and was tabbed to the all-conference second team in 2005.

Foster earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from St. Edward’s University in 2006 and her master’s degree in physical education-sports management from Texas State in 2008.

 

Natascha Hartvich |  Graduate Assistant

Natascha Hartvich enters her first season as a graduate assistant at TCU in 2018-19. She comes to the Frogs after a successful playing career that included time playing under Raegan Pebley.

Hartvich, a native of Rungsted Kyst, Denmark, has spent the last year working in corporate financing after finishing her playing career at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Her collegiate career began at Fresno State where she played for two seasons, including spending her freshman season under Pebley in 2013-14. Hartvich played in 29 games for the Bulldogs before transferring to Vanguard. She then helped the Lions to a combined 55-11 record in two seasons, including two NAIA Division I Championships appearances, including a semifinal appearance as a senior in 2016-17.

Internationally, Hartvich made her debut with the Denmark senior team in 2015. That came after she captained four youth team, playing at the U16 level in 2009 and 2010 and at the U18 level in 2011 and 2012. She also won both cup and national championships at the high school level for Rungsted Gymnasium.

Hartvich played her prep career at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for Shell Dailey, a former head coach at TCU from 1993-96.

Hartvich, who goes by the name Taz, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Vanguard in 2017. She is pursuing an MBA from TCU’s prestigious Neeley School of Business.