Women’s basketball adds new assistant coach


Chico State Sports Information

Kylie Towry (left), the newly acquired assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Chico State stands with Brian Fogel (right), the head coach of the women’s basketball team.

Chico State Women’s Basketball has acquired a new assistant coach for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Kylie Towry, a graduate of Willamette University in 2018, brings her talents to Chico State to help the Wildcats.

“I heard about the position and then I spoke with coach [Brian] Fogel. We just started talking, went through the interview process, had a really good conversation on the phone and moved forward from there,” Towry said.

According to Chico State Athletics, Towry holds records in multiple areas from her playing days at Willamette, including being their all-time scoring leader and 3-point shooter. She also holds the record for most points in a season with 469.

Kylie Towry, the new assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Chico State. (Chico State Sports Information)

Towry hopes that her success on the court can carry over to her job as an assistant coach.

“It’s just my competitive spirit,” Towry said. “I love the game and just having success on the court can translate off the court as well and just being able to help develop players become the best player they want to become.”

Players on the current roster expressed excitement about Towry joining the coaching staff.

“Kylie is great,” said sophomore forward Stella Rollo. “She’s only been here for a few weeks. I’m super excited in having her here because already I’ve seen myself grow.”

Senior forward Haley Ison says she relates well to Towry.

“I think there’s the fact that she’s so young,” Ison said. “She just graduated from college back in 2018, so she’s really close to the game in respect to how long it’s been since she’s played.”

With the new season for the Wildcats rapidly approaching, they are eager to get back on the court after a long layoff. Their last game was on March 3, 2020 in which they lost a playoff game to the Cal State East Bay Pioneers by a score of 53-78.

Kylie Towry, the new assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Chico State stands outside Acker Gym. (Chico State Sports Information)

Ison expressed the excitement and the emotion that she’ll have for that first game back since the start of COVID-19.

“We’re all just super hungry and ready to get into season,” Ison said. “We’re just ready to play. Everybody is dying to get out on the court and we can’t wait for our first game coming up here at the end of October.”

According to Chico State Athletics, their first game of the season will take place on Oct. 23 against Oregon Tech. This will be a closed-door exhibition game for family members on the pass list only.

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