Anna Nimz enters her third season as the head coach of the Kilgore College Lady Rangers having already established an impressive record of success and achievement in women’s basketball.
Coach Nimz has tallied winning records in each of her two seasons at Kilgore. Last season’s campaign saw the Lady Rangers notch 21 wins while earning an appearance in the NJCAA national rankings and the Region 14 Tournament. In the tournament’s opening round, Nimz won her 100th career game as a head coach against Panola College, and the Lady Rangers would ultimately end their season in the tournament’s championship game.
Under the leadership of Coach Nimz, three Lady Rangers have achieved All-Region 14 honors (Lyric Williams, Dominique Thomas and Jade Thurmon), while an additional pair of Lady Rangers have received the distinction of Academic All-American (Danielle Meador and Alexus Moore).
Before arriving at Kilgore, Coach Nimz served for five seasons as head coach at Labette Community College in Kansas. While at Labette, Nimz also served as the school’s assistant athletic director during her three latter seasons.
As a player, Nimz was a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee during her senior year at Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka, Kan. She left Hayden as the school’s all-time leader in points scored for her career and in a single season.
After spending one season at Washburn University, Nimz finished her collegiate playing career at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. As a senior, she was recognized as Pitt State’s most valuable player and best defensive player. She also received the team’s leadership award and was named Female Student Athlete of the Year.
Nimz graduated from Pitt State in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She began her coaching career by joining the staff at Pitt State as a graduate assistant, earning her master’s degree in 2009 and was recognized as the Graduate Assistant of the Year by the Kinesiology department.
Presently, coach Nimz is a constant presence within the Kilgore community. In addition to her duties as head women’s basketball coach, she also coaches CrossFit athletes at CrossFit Kilgore and teaches CPR and First Aid courses on campus.
At Kilgore College's 2017 convocation, Coach Nimz received the school’s Outstanding Employee Award for her work as a member of the institution’s faculty and staff.
Chris Godfrey enters his first season at Kilgore College after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Coastal Bend College.
While at Coastal Bend, Godfrey primarily worked with the team’s post players. Consequently, in each of his two seasons as an assistant, a Coastal Bend player led Region 14 in total rebounding. During his tenure, the program set records for season win total and produced the program’s first NCAA Division I signee. In addition to his work as a coach, Godfrey also advised students and served as an adjunct instructor, teaching introductory communications and college success courses.
Prior to coaching, Godfrey worked in various roles on college campuses around the country. His experiences range from student enrollment and academic advisement to multicultural affairs. Most notably, he served as a coordinator and grant writer for Armstrong State University’s African-American Male Initiative mentoring program and spent one summer as the director of the University of Vermont’s Summer Enrichment Scholars program.
As a student at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Godfrey participated in football and wrestling. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University (NY) in 2012, majoring in journalism and sports management. While at St. John’s, Godfrey participated in the Red Storm women’s basketball program as a practice player, and later as a student manager under head coach Kim Barnes Arico (now head coach at the University of Michigan). He was also elected president of the school’s Black Student Union. Godfrey went on to earn his master’s degree in Professional Communications and Leadership Studies while working at Armstrong State University.
As a sports journalist, Godfrey covered high school sports for both the New York Post and the New York City Sports Network. He also served as editor-in-chief for the college basketball opinion site Busting Brackets.
Presently, Coach Godfrey has been working diligently on the task of recruiting future Lady Rangers. He also oversees study hall hours and shooting practices for the team. In addition to his coaching duties, Godfrey is the resident dorm supervisor at Stark Hall.