There are very few high school teams that can boast of having a coach who has played in the final four of the NCAA basketball tournament. As of May 22, 2008, Riverside has that honor, having hired former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback Carrie Redman as the new girls head basketball coach of the Lady Rebels.
Redman, who played under the name of Carrie Satterfield while at the University of Arkansas, helped lead the Lady Razorbacks to the 1998 Final Four as a junior. The Lady Razorbacks were the lowest seeded team ever to advance to the national semi-finals as an eighth seed. As a freshman, Redman played on Arkansas' WNIT runner-up squad and as a senior Redman helped the Hogs win the WNIT championship while being named to the All-SEC Hard Work team. Redman garnered SEC All-Academic accolades during her junior year and later played professionally with the Australian basketball team, the Riverland Raiders, during the 1999-2000 season.
Redman played high school basketball at Mountain Home, where she earned All-State honors and helped lead her team to back-to-back state runner-up finishes. During Redman's junior season, the Lady Bombers played in what is still a national record eight overtime game for the state championship against Fayetteville.
Redman began her coaching career at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, where she helped lead Tyler to a fifth place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association's national tournament and a conference championship. She was responsible for all aspects of the program, including the recruitment of players to Tyler Junior College.
Redman moved on to Illinois Central College in Peoria, Ill., as an assistant coach from 2003-2006. Redman was part of a coaching staff that led ICC to a national runner-up finish in 2004-2005 before capturing a national championship in the 2005-2006 season. She then moved on to Arkansas State University as an assistant coach in 2006-2007, where the Lady Indians advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
"I am extremely excited about being named the head coach at Riverside," said Redman. "This is my first head coaching position, and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I am used to winning, and Riverside has a history of winning and has great tradition. That was the biggest thing that attracted me to Riverside."
"I am very impressed with the Riverside community, administration, parents and kids. Everyone here supports the school and they are known for their basketball. I think it's an excellent fit for me because Riverside is used to winning and so am I. We both love the game. Riverside's winning tradition and mindset are what I am used to. I am really looking forward to the competition in the tough 2A-3 conference and all the great rivalries that come with it," added Redman.
"We interviewed several people for the position," said Riverside Athletic Director Buster Campbell. "Despite her lack of head coaching experience, Carrie Redman just blew us away during the interviewing process. Her personality and enthusiasm won everybody over. We feel like we have hit a homerun with this hire. I really believe she is going to do an outstanding job for the Lady Rebels."
Redman loves an up-tempo style of basketball. "Offensively, I like to get up and down the floor and use the fast break while defensively I like to be all over the floor with pressure defense. Obviously, it will depend on our personnel on what we can do, but that is the style of play that I really like. I know we have a great group of girls coming back and I am looking forward to working with them," said Redman.
Redman replaces long-time coach Greg Rainwater, who recently resigned to become the junior high girls basketball coach at Nettleton. The Lady Rebels advanced to last year's state tournament, and return three starters as well as the entire bench.
"I don't think I could be at a better place," added Redman. "I interviewed at some other schools, but this was the best fit for me. I am looking forward to having a great year. I have heard nothing but great things about Riverside and I can't wait to get started."
Redman praised her former high school coach Janet Wood as well as former University of Arkansas Coach Gary Blair. "I learned so much from Coach Blair, who is one of the top coaches in the nation. He has been a great mentor for me. Every coach I have been under has taught me a great deal about the game. Coach Wood was such a big influence and an excellent coach as well," said Redman.
"My family, parents and my husband are also huge influences in my life," continued Redman. "They never miss a game and still come and support me. Even my grandma and grandpa come to all the games. They will be here at Riverside, so I will have support all the way around."
Redman and her husband Eric reside in Jonesboro.