On, June 16, 2016 Houston Cougar Women's Basketball Head Coach Ronald Hughey announced the hiring of assistant coach Jamila Ganter to complete the Cougars' 2016-17 coaching staff.
Ganter joins the Cougars after three season at Stephen F. Austin, in the Southland Conference, where she served as an assistant coach and undertook the primary role for recruiting with special attention to the Houston area. While with the Ladyjacks, Ganter helped lead the team to back-to-back Southland Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015 as well as postseason appearances in the WNIT and WBI.
"I can't express how excited I am to join the Cougar family," Ganter said. "What Coach Hughey is building at the University of Houston is extraordinary, and I am honored to be a part of these special times. I believe in the vision and goals set forth by Houston and Coach Hughey and look forward to building on the rich tradition that's already in place. Go Coogs!"
While working with the guards at SFA, Ganter has developed Taylor Ross, Brentney Branch and Taylor Schippers into some of the top guards in the Southland Conference. Last season, Ross averaged 16.5 points per contest en route to earning First Team All-SLC honors, while Branch ranked seventh in SFA history on the 3-pointers made list following her senior season. Schippers joined the Ladyjacks as a transfer from Butler last season, and went on to win Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, while averaging 11.2 points per game and ranking third in the SLC in steals with 51.
Ganter also served as the academic liaison for SFA women's basketball where she helped to increase the overall team GPA, as well as the number of student-athletes on the AD Honor Roll, Dean's List and President's List.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Jamila Ganter to our coaching staff," Hughey said. "Jamila is a worker and is always about her business. She has a reputation for being an outstanding guard coach and relentless recruiter, who has strong recruiting ties in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. She will be a tremendous asset in many phases of our program, and we are very excited to have her."
Prior to her time in Nacogdoches, Ganter served as an Assistant to the Head Coach at Liberty-Eylau Independent School District, in Texarkana, Texas, from 2009-13. While there, Ganter helped lead her team to four consecutive district titles and the 2010 3A State Championship.
Ganter began her career as a student-assistant coach and intern for Texas A&M during the 2007-08 season. In her tenure in College Station, Ganter was part of an Aggie squad that claimed Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament championships, and made Sweet 16 and Elite 8 appearances.
Ganter played at Texas A&M from 2003-2006 where she appeared in 79 games, while scoring 141 career points. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 2007.