Eddie Kite, Head Coach
Eddie Kite comes to Panola after 11 years at Connors State College. Since 2003, the Cowgirls have played in three Region II Championship games, winning the 2009 Region II Championship and advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The past six seasons has seen the Cowgirls average 24 wins a season with a 73 percent winning percentage.
At Connors State the Cowgirls won the 2009 Bi-State Conference and Region II Championship to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament with a 30-5 record and the 2011 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and played in the Region II Championship game while finishing with a 28-5 record. He was recognized as Conference Coach of the Year in each of those two seasons and 2009 Region II Coach of Year.
Kite is currently the NJCAA Region II Division I Women’s Athletic Director and is serving on the NJCAA National Volleyball Committee.
He served as the Region II women’s basketball committee chairman from 2007 to 2011.
Kite coached at the University of Houston after a two-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Mobile. Kite helped turn around a program that was 13-19 the year before his arrival to 30-6 during the 2001-02 season. That season saw the Lady Ram program win the GCAC regular season and conference tournament championships, make its first NAIA National Tournament appearance in eight years, and its first ever “Sweet 16″ appearance. The Lady Rams set team records for wins, winning percentage, and overall team defense. The University of Mobile also provided the WNBA with its only non-Division I draftee, 6-6 Edmarie Lumbsley.
Kite began his coaching career as an assistant at Central Florida Community College in 1991. He helped lead the Lady Pats to their first-ever NJCAA National Tournament, finishing second in the national tournament with a 34-3 record. During his stint at CFCC, the program produced two NJCAA All-Americans and the 1993 NJCAA Champion Player of the Year (Connie Thornton, Texas Tech University).
Kite moved to East Texas Baptist University in 1993 to help the Tigers to their first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance in 1994, finishing the season with a 25-8 mark. Kite then took an assistant’s position at Oral Roberts University before arriving at the University of Montevallo (Al.) in 1996. While Kite was at Montevallo, the Lady Falcons played for the 1997 NAIA Regional Championship and appeared in their first-ever Gulf South Conference Tournament in 1999.
Kite received a Bachelor’s of Art degree from East Texas Baptist University in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Education from East Central University in Ada, Okla., 2011. He is a member of the NJCAA Coaches Association.
Kayla Weaver, Assistant Coach
Kayla Weaver begins her fourth season as the Fillies Assistant Coach. Weaver, who played for the Fillies from 2007 to 2009, returned to Panola College after leading Texas Women’s University to the Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship in 2011.
While leading Texas Women’s University to a 22-10 record, Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship, and NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament appearance, Weaver earned Lone Star Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player and 1st Team All-Conference accolades. As a junior, Weaver helped lead TWU to a Lone Star Conference Tournament Appearance and was named the Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention Team. In her two years at TWU, Weaver moved to #16 on the career leaders in points and #8 in rebounding. Weaver led the team in scoring as a senior and led the team in rebounding both years. Weaver was also FCA President as a senior.
While playing for Panola College, Weaver was part of two Region 14 Tournament Qualifiers and was named to the 2009 Region 14 1st Team All-Region Team, Region 14 Conference 1st Team, and Region 14 Academic 1st Team. Weaver also was awarded the prestigious 2009 Buddy Lowery Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete.
The Aquilla, Texas is currently working on her Master’s in Kinesiology from Texas Women’s University and will receive her degree in the Summer of 2015. She graduated from Texas Women’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and an Associate of Science Degree from Panola College in 2007.
Chelsea Connolly, Athletic Trainer
Chelsea Connolly serves as the Head Trainer for Panola College.Her responsibilities include: maintaining the working order and sanity of the athletic training room, organizing physicals and medical files, orchestrating doctors’ appointments for athletes, evaluating athletic injuries, carrying out treatments and musculoskeletal rehabilitations under a physicians orders. A 2010 graduate from Stephen F. Austin, Connolly completed her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Kinesiology.
A graduate from Hands on Therapy School of Massage in Tyler, Texas in January of 2007. In April of the same year Connolly passed the state licensure exam to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. In 2007 Connolly began attending Stephen F. Austin State University. In the Spring of 2007 she was accepted into the undergraduate Athletic Training internship under the supervision of Sanford Miller, LAT-C and Lorie McCary LAT-C. While working as a student Athletic Trainer Connolly was assigned specifically to the following sports: football, cross country, track and field, and softball. In addition to her primary responsibilities she also assisted with many high school tournaments and meets including tennis, cross country, and football. She also worked as a student Athletic Trainer to provide medical coverage to both day and week camps for softball, boys and girls basketball and soccer. Connolly's responsibilities as a student included but were not limited to taping, pre-game and post- treatments, stretching, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, maintaining athletic training room equipment, restocking supplies and keeping inventory of supplies and equipment. Connolly was also a member of the Organization of Athletic Training Students where she served as secretary for two years.