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Head coach Jay Niehues begins his third year at Redlands. Before Redlands, Niehues led the USAO Drovers women's basketball program from 2001-2008. Niehues collected 50 wins faster than any other coach is the programs three decade history. In his second season at USAO, Niehues finished with a 23-14 record and the Drovers first appearance in the NAIA tournament. The next season also ended with a Final Four appearance and 20-win season, a first in the program's history.
Niehues started his coaching career at his alma mater Southern Nazarene University. In his five seasons as a women's assistant coach, the Crimson Storm posted a 121-22 record and won two national championships.
A two-time all-conference player at SNU, Niehues was a three-year starter is eighth in career scoring. Niehues graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from SNU in 1990 and received his master's degree in education from SNU in 1997. He has also played four years of professional basketball in France and Brazil, as well as two years as a member of the Conoco Oilers exhibition team.
Niehues and his wife Christy, a member of SNU's 1989 national championship team, have three daughters, Abby, Grace and Kate.
Assistant coach Mariah White joins the Redlands Cougars women's basketball staff for her first season as assistant coach, following a great playing career with Kansas State University. White played at Kansas State from 2009-2013, where she graduated with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services. During her time at KSU she started in 97 of 98 games played from her sophomore to senior year. White went to the NCAA tournament twice and one WNIT final four. After her exceptional Kansas State career, White went home to Oklahoma to coach at the high school she attended, Midwest City HS, for two years.
Coach Jose Alberto Molina-Negron was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and is in his first year as Assistant Coach for the Redlands Women’s Basketball Program. Molina-Negron started his coaching career in 2007 as Head Coach of the Montañeritas Basketball Club and, during his seven seasons there, managed a team that had never been in playoffs to two Final Four and one National Final. From 2008 to 2011 Molina-Negron was Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach (2009) for the Morovis Montañeras, a Puerto Rico Women Professional Team which participated in the Final Four in every season, achieving three BSNF Final appearances and 2009 Championship. Coach Molina-Negron record as Interim Head Coach in 2009 was 10-1, earning him the honor of been a Head Coach in the All-Star game. From 2011 to 2015 he was Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Puerto Rico (Arecibo Campus), improving the ranking of the program from 18th to 9th in the Puerto Rico College League.
Molina-Negron is a 2012 graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (Bayamon Campus) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences, and received a Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University at Irvine, CA in 2014.
Coach Molina-Negron is the son of Jose J. Molina (PE, MBA) and Blanca I. Negron, and has one sister, Bianca (PharmD). He is engaged and his fiancé, Anamaris Miranda, is working on her Veterinary Clinical year at UF Gainesville, FL.
Jose Molina Negron