Reagan Girls’ basketball player Moriah Mack, Class of 2013, spent her years since high school as a student athlete at New Mexico State University where she majored in English and racked up a number of career highlights and accolades. She graduated in 2017 and even had a short professional basketball career for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, the most difficult pro league in the world to be a part of. She recently accepted a position as an English teacher and basketball coach for Mansfield Timberview High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
College career highlights:
- 3x Conference and Tournament Champion
- 3 NCAA Appearances
- 2x All Conference First Team
- 3x All Conference Defensive Team
- 2017 Player of the Year
- 2017 Tournament MVP
We got a chance to ask Moriah some questions regarding her time at Reagan and New Mexico State.
What was your most exciting moment in college sports?
Making it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 27 years and seeing New Mexico State Aggies flash across the screen on Selection Sunday with all my teammates and fans.
What was the biggest difference between HS and college sports?
The biggest difference is the speed of the game and that’s mainly because college basketball has a shot clock.
What has the experience been like during Covid-19 from the coaching perspective (e.g. training, expectations for the season, etc)?
It has definitely been a learning experience. The hardest part as a coach has been not being able to work in person with the players. As coaches we give the girl’s workouts and we have to trust that they are holding themselves accountable and doing them. My expectations for the season are the same as any other season but I know that when we are able to get back on the court a lot more teaching and repetition is going to take place than in prior years.
Which Reagan school tradition meant the most to you?
The tradition that meant the most to me was when the band would play the school song at the football games and everyone would hold up the Rattler sign.
Who was your favorite coach at Reagan and why?
My favorite coaches from my time at Reagan are Coach Barton and Coach Winbush, I honestly can not pick one. They are two of the most genuine people I know. I still have a great relationship with both of them and they have always cared about me beyond the basketball court. Every summer Coach B allows me to come work his basketball camp with him. He has supported me since Day 1. Coach Winbush has been like a big sister/mentor to me. She helped me get into the coaching and teaching profession. And she is always calling, checking up on me and giving me advice.
What is your message to current Rattlers about competing at the next level?
Work hard, master time management, be coachable, trust the process, and most importantly have fun and enjoy every moment!
Many thanks to Moriah for taking the time to be a part of the Alumni Spotlight Series and best wishes for an amazing school year at Mansfield Timberview!