Ryan McAdams | Assistant Coach
Ryan McAdams enters his first season with New Mexico State after spending seven years as the head coach of Eastern Arizona.
The Gila Monsters reached the national tournament in three of the last four seasons under McAdams.
EAC completed the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 20-11, including a 17-6 record in conference play which was good for third. The team advanced all the way to the region semifinal before falling to Arizona Western College.
The 2015-16 season saw the Gila Monsters (25-9 overall) win the region I championship and make the second round of the national tournament, both program firsts. They finished the season ranked No. 21 in the country.
During the 2014-15 campaign, EAC was nationally ranked for 12 weeks and reached as high as No. 5. The squad tallied 27 overall wins and 20 conference victories, good for a share of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title. McAdams’ group were region I runner-ups and notched three wins over top-20 teams.
In 2013-14, the Gila Monsters made the program's first trip to the national tournament after earning region I runner-up honors and finished with a 23-9 overall record.
While at the helm for seven years, McAdams saw EAC named runner-up NJCAA Academic Team of the Year with the second-highest team GPA out of 181 schools, twice. Every two-year player under McAdams transferred to four-year schools under his watch.
The Gila Monsters had three All-Americans, 11 all-region I, and 11 All-ACCAC players during McAdams tenure. Five players were also invited to the NJCAA All-Star Weekend in Niceville, Fla., an event for the top-40 junior college players in the country to showcase their talents on a national stage.
Before moving to the women’s side, McAdams spent eight years as a men's assistant - including his final two at EAC (2008-10) under current men's coach Maurice Leitzke. While on Leitzke's staff, the Gila Monsters were named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year and advanced to the region I semifinal in 2009. During McAdams' two years on staff, EAC sent three players to NCAA Division I and three to NCAA Division II programs.
Before joining the Gila Monsters staff, McAdams spent two seasons under Leitzke at Cameron University (2006-08), an NCAA Division II in Lawton, Okla. In 2006, they defeated four top-25 teams for the first time in school history.
Prior to his stint at Cameron, McAdams spent four years on the central coast in San Luis Obispo, Calif. working in men’s basketball – one under Rusty Blair at Cuesta Community College (2002-03) followed by three as a volunteer assistant under Kevin Bromley at Cal Poly (2003-06).
McAdams is a native of Northern California. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Cal Poly.
He and his wife Stacy have two daughters, Rylee and Ellie, and son Caden.
Aisha Stewart | Assistant Coach
Aisha Stewart begins her first season as an assistant coach for the New Mexico State women's basketball team.
Stewart spent the past two years as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball team. She also served as recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and guards coach.
During Stewart’s time with the Mean Green, she was able to improve the teams winning percentage in each of the two seasons. During the team’s 2016-17 campaign, they finished 12-19 overall and 8-10 in conference play.
Behind Stewart's scouting and individual work with Mean Green players in her inaugural season in 2015-16, the team finished at 11-19 and more than doubled its win total from a season prior. She was also a pivotal part in the biggest win in program history, when North Texas defeated No. 17 Oklahoma for their first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
Stewart led the North Texas attack as they were awarded with the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Shooting Award for the most improved field-goal percentage in the 2015-16 season. The Mean Green shot 41.7 percent from the field which was a 7.23 percent increase from the prior season.
With Stewart’s guidance, Mean Green guard Kelsey Criner earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Defensive Team. As the academic liaison at North Texas, Stewart helped the team earn the highest team grade point average in program history.
Prior to her time with the Mean Green, Stewart served as assistant coach at Arkansas State with a special emphasis on recruiting and academics.
In 2014-15, the Red Wolves posted a record of 24-11, including a 16-4 mark in Sun Belt Conference play and a 14-1 record in home contests. Arkansas State was one win shy of tying the single-season school record. The Red Wolves went on to play in the WNIT for the second-consecutive season and won their first postseason game since 2007.
The impressive season on the court also saw Stewart lead the Red Wolves in the classroom as the team won the 2014-15 Sun Belt award for posting the highest team GPA.
Before Arkansas State, Stewart was on the South Alabama coaching staff for six seasons. From 2008-14, Stewart helped the Jaguars win 95 games, including a 21-11 record in her first season in Mobile.
Overall, while at USA, she coached seven student-athletes who were named to Sun Belt All-Conference teams and 18 who earned Academic Honor Roll.
Out of high school, Stewart went to Independence Community College in Kansas for two seasons where she was coached by current Wichita State head coach Keitha Adams. The Lady Pirates went 56-7 over those two seasons and led the NJCAA in scoring with 95 points per game.
Following ICC, Stewart went to Jacksonville University for one year and then finished her collegiate career at Catawba College where she graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. While playing at Catawba, she tied the program record with seven three-pointers made in one game; in addition, the Indians won their conference championship and advanced to nationals.
She earned her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2008 from South Carolina St. while working for two years as a Lady Bulldogs assistant coach.
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Stewart graduated from Highland Park High School.
DeAudra Brown | Assistant Coach
DeAudra Brown begins her first season as an assistant coach for the New Mexico State women's basketball team.
Brown joins NM State after two seasons as an assistant coach at Seward County Community College. In those years at Seward County, Brown helped lead the Lady Saints to a 57-11 overall record along with a pair of appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region VI Tournament Game and one in the NJCAA National Tournament.
With Brown’s help, the Lady Saints also went 39-6 in conference play over the past two seasons, finishing 2nd in 2016 and serving as co-champions last season.
Brown's first season at Seward was a memorable one as the Lady Saints breezed to a 25-8 record, marking the programs 24th straight year with at least 20 wins. The Lady Saints finished as the runner-up in both their conference standings and the NJCAA Region VI Tournament where they fell in the championship game to Cowley.
In her time at Seward, Brown coached seven all-conference players with the Lady Saints and helped three sign at the NCAA Division I level. A leader off the court as well, Brown helped the Lady Saints in the classroom to an NJCAA Academic Team of the Year recognition with a 3.56 team grade point average in 2017.
This past March, Brown received a huge honor as she was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Thirty Under 30 list. This award was established to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game.
Prior to her time at Seward County, Brown spent two years on the staff at Eastern Arizona College with fellow Aggie assistant coach Ryan McAdams at the helm.
With Brown’s help, EAC was nationally ranked for 12 weeks and reached as high as No. 5 in 2014-15. The team tallied 27 overall wins and 20 conference victories, which earned them a share of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title.
In 2013-14, during Brown’s first season, the Gila Monsters made the program's first trip to the national tournament after earning ACCAC Region I runner-up honors and finished with a 23-9 overall record.
As a player, Brown starred at both Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va. and Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C. She spent her first three years at Saint Paul’s and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman and their Most Valuable Player as a junior.
When Saint Paul’s disbanded their athletics programs, Brown transferred to Elizabeth City where she played in all 27 games for the Vikings, averaging 7.4 points and 2.4 assists per game as a senior.
Brown is a native of Rocky Mount, N.C. and holds a degree in business administration management information system.
Earl Lewis | Director of Operations
Earl Lewis enters his second season with the NM State women’s basketball program after being promoted to Director of Player Development in July of 2016. Lewis served as the graduate assistant during the 2015-16 season.
His new duties include arranging community service events, scheduling of team activities and film exchange. On top of his day-to-day duties, Lewis will also manage all team travel items.
Lewis played basketball at Briar Cliff, an NAIA school in Sioux City, Iowa, from 2001-03 after transferring from Oklahoma Pan Handle State and College of the Desert in California.
The Inglewood, Calif., product was third on his team in scoring with 11.4 points average his senior year to go with 6.3 boards per game as a small forward. He also led his team in scoring four separate times, and led his team on the glass in 13-of-27 games. For his efforts, Lewis earned All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honorable mention.
After his playing career, Lewis headed back home to coach at his high school alma mater – Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. From 2004-11, Lewis served as the head junior varsity coach as well as an assistant on the varsity team. While at SHS, Lewis helped guide the Cavaliers to one state championship, two California Interscholastic Federation Championships and four league championships.
Lewis graduated from Briar Cliff with a degree in communications in 2003 and will be pursuing his master’s degree here at New Mexico State with a focus on curriculum and instruction.