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Oklahoma state women's basketball adds Shannon Gage to coaching staff, promotes Bill Annan to associate head coach

Gina Mizell Published: June 11, 2013

Oklahoma State women’s basketball has hired Shannon Gage as an assistant coach and has promoted Bill Annan to associate head coach, the school announced Tuesday.

The moves fill the void on the coaching staff left when former associate head coach Candace Whitaker became the head coach at Texas Tech last month.

Gage has spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant in the Big Ten, including the past eight at Iowa. Before that, she was an assistant coach at Michigan from 2005-07.

“Shannon brings a wealth of experience to our program,” OSU head coach Jim Littell said in a release. “She is an outstanding recruiter and is well connected to coaches across the country. We are excited to add her to our staff as our recruiting coordinator.

“She relates very well to young people and will be a positive role model and mentor for the young ladies on our team.”

Gage is a Tulsa native and a former player at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), where she was a part of three teams that won the Missouri Valley Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament.

At Iowa, Gage primarily worked with perimeter players and was involved in recruiting, scouting and conditioning.

Annan has been on staff at OSU since 2009, first as the director of player development before moving into an assistant coaching role in 2011 following the plane crash that killed head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna.

“Bill’s work ethic has been an integral part of the growth and success of our program,” Littell said. “His experience, knowledge of the game and ability to motivate has helped make OSU basketball a staple in the postseason.”