In 2010-11, Nettie Respondek enters her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Fordham women's basketball team. Along with her coaching responsibilities, Respondek will serve as the Rams' recruiting coordinator.
Respondek was on the Rams' coaching staff from 2006-08, but took a one-year absence from coaching to serve as an academic advisor for Kinesiology at California State University-San Marcos. Respondek was in charge of more than 450 students.
"I am thrilled that Nettie has returned to our staff. Nettie has a strong basketball pedigree and experience that will be a great asset to our program," said head coach Cathy Andruzzi. "Her eye for talent will be invaluable as she assumes the responsibility of recruiting coordinator."
In her playing days, Respondek enjoyed a successful basketball career at Vanderbilt University, where she helped Vanderbilt to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances, as well as one trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Playing at Vanderbilt from 1994-99, she was a four-year starter, playing both point guard and shooting guard, and led the Commodores in assists in 1996-97 and in three-pointers in 1997-98. She also served as a team co-captain, was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times, and received the 1997 Vanderbilt Spirit Award for women's basketball.
While at Vanderbilt, she worked at a number of Vanderbilt Summer camps, serving as counselor and camp director. She managed the adult counselors and coordinated daily activities and camp schedules for five summer camps in Nashville, Tennessee. Away from the court, Respondek worked as an intern at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in Atlanta in 1997, where she planned activities for summer camps and scheduled trips for WBCA executives.
Following her time at Vanderbilt, Respondek received her first coaching experience at the high school ranks, where she coached at Owattona High School in Owattona, Minnesota. She helped the boys' team to an 11-win improvement from four wins to 15 wins in her one season at Owattona.
In addition to the start of her coaching career, Respondek still found the time to participate in the 2006 Empire State Games, where as captain of the Manhattan team, she led the team in scoring, and helped them to a silver medal.
A Rosenberg, Texas, native Respondek was the 1994 Gatorade Player of the Year, a two-time Houston Chronicle Houston Area High School Player of the Year and was named Miss Texas Basketball (1994). The same year, she was one of 20 players selected to the WBCA Kodak High School All-America Team.
A 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt, Respondek received a Bachelors' degree in Human and Organizational Development from the school before going on to earn a Masters' degree in Counseling Psychology, also from Vanderbilt in 2000.