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Oklahoma State basketball: Megan Byford back in Stillwater

Former Cowgirl is now a graduate assistant, learning what it's like on the coaching side.
By Gina Mizell Published: February 19, 2013
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photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU's Megan Byford (33) and Andrea Riley (10) celebrate OSU's win over Centenary, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU's Megan Byford (33) and Andrea Riley (10) celebrate OSU's win over Centenary, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD

Toni Young and Lindsey Keller were freshmen when you were a senior. Is it odd to be coaching former teammates?

Yes and no. I think I have a connection with them that's definitely helpful for them knowing, ‘Hey I've been through this. I'm not just telling you this to tell you. I'm telling you because I was your teammate, and now I'm trying to help you as a coach.' I think also being gone for two years, I always kept in touch with them, but it also helped create that separation of ‘OK, I'm not your teammate anymore. I can't come hang out with you anymore. I'm on the other side of things now.' And they respected that and understood that.

What happens next for you after this season?

Honestly, I have no idea. Hopefully finding another assistant coaching position or some kind of position in the women's basketball field. I would love to stay at the Division I level. There's part of me that's kind of like ‘Oh, you should be really worried. You don't know what you're going to do.' But there's also this part of me, I'm very strong in my faith. The ride so far, God has put me exactly where I need to be and taken me exactly where I've needed to go. I guess I have faith in that, you know what, I'm not going to stress about it. Because the right opportunity, He's going to open, He's going to take me and He's going to lead me where I need to be.


No. 23 Oklahoma State at TCU

*When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

*Where: Daniel Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas

*Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5

*TV: None

Three things to know

*All seven of OSU's Big 12 victories have come by double figures, while six of TCU's league losses have come by single digits.

*This game will match two of the Big 12's top freshmen in OSU's Brittney Martin and TCU's Zahna Medley.

*This will be OSU's second trip to TCU in program history.

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