Moberly Area Community College head women’s basketball coach Hana Haden has announced the addition of two assistant coaches, Lacey Shalenko and Jalisa Mitchell, to the Lady Greyhound coaching staff.
Shalenko comes to MACC after spending last season at Angelo State University where she helped lead the team to a Lonestar Conference Championship with a record of 23-7. She was instrumental in producing four All-Conference players, including Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as well as two players who earned D2CCA All- Region Honors. Shalenko served as the Recruiting Coordinator for the program. She was responsible for guard development and was heavily involved in defensive strategy and late-game situations.
Prior to Angelo State, Shalenko spent two seasons as Recruiting Coordinator at Division I Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She managed all aspects of recruiting student-athletes and was in charge of guard development. Shalenko started her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Missouri St. Louis. She helped UMSL to their second ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Collinsville, Illinois, native was a four year letter-winner at NCAA Division II UMSL.
“I would like to thank Coach Hana Haden, Athletic Director Patrick Smith and President Dr. Jeff Lashley for this great opportunity,” Shalenko said. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Greyhound family and winning tradition at MACC. I am beyond excited to work for Coach Hana Haden, who is a proven winner and has my deepest respect and trust.”
Jalisa Mitchell spent the past season as Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Whitfield High School in St. Louis, Missouri. She helped the Warriors to a third place finish in the Class 3A Missouri State Championship in 2018.
Prior to beginning her coaching career, Mitchell played for two seasons at the junior college level. She went on to finish her playing career at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. During her senior season at HSSU, she played and served as team captain under Coach Hana Haden where the Hornets recorded their first winning season and most program wins since 2007. Mitchell graduated from Harris-Stowe State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mitchell attended Lutheran High School North as a four-year varsity letter winner, starter and captain.
“I am excited to be starting my college coaching journey with my former college head coach,” Mitchell said. “Coach Haden has had a major impact on my life, on and off the court. I am grateful that she has given me this opportunity to be a Greyhound and I can’t wait to be a part of the Moberly community.”
Coach Haden is excited about what Coach Shalenko and Coach Mitchell will bring to the Lady Greyhounds. “I cannot say enough about the addition of Lacey Shalenko and Jalisa Mitchell to our staff. Not only are they great coaches, but they are phenomenal people and they are going to be a huge asset to our student athletes, our program, and our community. Lacey has a knack for teaching the game and brings a wealth of knowledge from multiple levels. She has recruiting ties both regionally and nationally that will help us continue to recruit high-level student athletes. Jalisa is a natural leader and I’m really excited about her ability to be an extension of me and my philosophies after having played for me herself. She is a tireless worker and I believe she will bring a lot in recruiting and skill development as well as the mentorship of our players.”