Coaching Staff

Tasha Diesselhorst | Head Coach

Tasha Diesselhorst is heading into her third season as the head coach for Northwestern Lady Ranger basketball, following two straight years of just narrowly missing the conference tournament, but have made significant strides in each season.

In the 2017-18 season, the team won more games than they have in recent memory with 12, but once again narrowly missed out on the GAC tournament.

The Lady Rangers were led by junior transfer guard, Jade Jones who was rewarded with a Honorable Mention All GAC selection, following a year of averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. The assists numbers were good enough for tops in the league.

The 2016-17 Lady Rangers experienced a rebirth during coach Diesselhorst's first season in Alva. Despite losing the tiebreaker to claim the final play-off spot in the GAC Tournament, her Lady Rangers finished with a conference record of 8-14 that included a win over arch-rival Southwestern Oklahoma State and a near-upset win over eventual league champion Harding.

Individually, Kalea King flourished in coach Diesselhorst's guard orientated offense and finished the year second in the GAC with an average of 16.2 points per game. King's performance led her to a Second-Team All-GAC selection, while Kori Barrios also received conference recognition during the season with a Conference Player of the Week nomination.

Diesselhorst arrived at Northwestern following a nine-year stint at Pond Creek-Hunter where she had tremendous success during her time as the Lady Panthers' head coach. Her team won the Class A state championship in 2014 and finished as the runner-up in 2016. The Lady Panthers also qualified for the state tournament in 2013 and 2015.

From 2010-16, Diesselhorst led the Lady Panthers to seven straight Skeltur Conference Championships, an undefeated record of 49-0 in conference play, and a 170-29 record. During her nine years at PC-H she coached four all-state players and 10 all-conference selections, compiling an overall record of 187-63.

She was selected as the Skeltur Conference Coach of the Year seven times and was named the coach of the year in 2014 by the Enid News and Eagle and CTB Sports. That same year she also was named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year and the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Coach. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes named her its Northwest Coach of the Year in 2015.

Diesselhorst is a 2006 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she had a stellar career, leading her teams to four straight NAIA National Tournament appearances. She earned 2005 all-America honors and was an All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection in her final three years at OC. She is ranked in the top 10 all-time leading scorers in school history.

Diesselhorst graduated with honors in 2006 with a degree in physical education. She was awarded the President's Medal for having the highest grade point average of the graduating class. She later earned a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Diesselhorst comes from a long line of successful coaches. Her father, Randy Turney, was a highly successful basketball coach at several schools in northwest Oklahoma, and coached her at Medford High School. Her grandfather, Bob Kramer was a legendary coach at Balko High School in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Her sister, Tana Turney, also coaches high school basketball.

Prior to coaching at Pond Creek-Hunter, Diesselhorst was the junior varsity coach at Oklahoma Christian for two seasons.

Diesselhorst and her husband, Adam, currently reside in Enid.

Kylie Franz | Assistant Coach

Kylie Franz is heading into her third season as the Women's Basketball Assistant under head coach Tasha Diesselhorst.

In their first two seasons, the Lady Rangers have progressed in the wins column in both years and were just one game short of the Great American Conference tournament in consecutive seasons.

Franz joined the Northwestern Women's Basketball coaching staff after a solid four-year playing career at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Over her time as a Bulldog, she played in a total of 86 games, starting in 54 of those. Her 86 games played even come from missing the entire 2014-15 season due to a shoulder injury.

Franz collected 553 career points in her time there, while also pulling down 426 career rebounds, dishing out 172 assists, and thieving away 66 steals. She was very successful on both sides of the ball as she is sixth all time in blocks with 65, while getting it done on offense as well, posting 98 three pointers throughout her career, good enough for ninth in school history.

Not only did Franz excel on the court, but in the classroom as well, being named a top student in the Education program.

She graduated in May 2016 with her Bachelor's in Education and will be participating in the Master's program in the fall.

Franz and her husband Jordan, who assists the men's team, reside her in Alva.
She graduated in May 2016 with her Bachelor's in Education and will be participating in the Master's program in the fall.

Franz and her husband Jordan, who assists the men's team, reside her in Alva.