Coaches & Staff
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.
Nalani Hernandez, Assistant Coach
Coach Nalani Hernandez joins the Fillies after fininshing up her first season as an
assistant coach on the women’s basketball coaching staff at Western New Mexico University
in 2015-16. The Lady Mustangs collected 10 wins in 2015-16 and added seven conference
Nalani played at WNMU for two years and was one of the instrumental parts of helping to turn the Western New Mexico University women's basketball program around. She played 19 games in the 2014-2015 season in helping WNMU to a 14-13 overall record and first-ever appearance in the RMAC Tournament. The Lady Mustangs also collected the most wins in 18 seasons. She averaged 27.4 minutes per game, 7.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, made 47.9 percent from the floor and also added 16 assists, 15 blocks and 37 steals. She led the team in rebounds and blocks. WNMU finished second in NCAA Division II in three-point field goal defense and 24th in points allowed per contest at 59.2 during the 2014-15 season.
In her first season with the Lady Mustangs in 2013-14, she played in 28 games and averaged 28.4 minutes, 7.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while also adding 31 assists, 23 blocks and 43 steals.
Hernandez came from Southern Oregon University, where she played her first two years of collegiate basketball before arriving in Silver City.
The Tucson, Arizona native is currently working on her MBA in International Studies from Western New Mexico University. She graduated from WNMU in 2015 with a Bachelors of Interdiciplinary Studies with concentrations in Special Education and Psychology.
Jacky Andreatta, Athletic Trainer