Hampton to Be Graduate Assistant at SMU

Over four years as a Midwestern State basketball standout we came to know Lisa Hampton as the ultimate sharp-shooter. 

She finished her career as the Mustangs' all-time leader in made three-pointers, with 154 in four seasons.

But, she wasn't just a shooter.

"She's a coach on the floor," says MSU Head Coach Noel Johnson. "She has such a great head for the game. She's one of the ones that would come in and analyze, and watch film."

Now, it's those talents that will be carrying Hampton to the next stop in her career, as a Graduate Assistant for the SMU Women's Basketball team!

Hampton said she'd been looking to move back to the Metroplex.

"I was working at a select basketball tournament, and the SMU coaches came in," she explained. 

"I was like, 'Hi, I'm Lisa Hampton! I really wanted to meet you!' A couple of weeks later, she gave me a call and she was like, 'Hey, I want to come bring you in for an interview.' It took about ten minutes, and she was like, 'We want you at SMU!'"

Lisa will get to experience life in a Division-I program, where things are a bit different than in D-II, in many ways. For one thing, she said she had to get used to looking up at just about everyone, including the guards. But it's not just that.

"With Division-I, it's a lot more admin stuff, than it would be at Division-II," she said.

And that's the side of things Lisa says she's more interested in, long-term.

"I just want to explore the admin side of basketball," she said. "So, maybe like a Director of Ops, or something like that. We don't have a Director of Ops here, but with Division-I programs, they really coordinate everything, between the other teams, the travel stuff. They kind of work with your GAs and your assistants. And it takes some load off the coaches. That way they don't have to deal with that while they're actually coaching."

Coach Johnson won a national title as a player at Texas Tech, so she has an idea of what Hampton will be doing.

"There's a lot of things that go into it," Johnson said. "I was on that level and I understand. There are just so many moving parts, and you've got to know where those parts are going, and how they're moving, and who's involved and what needs to be done."

But it won't entirely be desk duty. Lisa says she will get to be involved at practice -- maybe she can coach the three-point shooters -- and she might still wind up being convinced to give full-time coaching a shot down the road.

"I think it's something I could be talked into," she said. "It's not something that I'm 100 percent, like, 'Yes that's what I want to do,' but even Coach J has always said she thinks I would be good at it.

"But I would have to figure out if it's something that I want to do. It's stressful. It's a very hard job. And if I love it, then I love it. But I've got to figure out if I can handle it yet."

She said she's excited that she'll be traveling with the team around the American Athletic Conference as she works on her Masters in Communications.