1. Tell me a little about yourself?
My Name is Asia Rhines-Malone. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I attended Hamilton Highschool in Milwaukee where I was a four year varsity starter for basketball and apart of the Track & Field program. I was blessed to receive a full athletic scholarship for basketball to Hill Junior College in Hillsboro,TX. After playing basketball for two years and earning my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, I was blessed to continue my athletic and academic journey at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. There I was apart of the basketball program, Track & Field program, and Graduated with my Bachelors in Criminology in 2015.
I pursued a professional basketball career in Europe for three years before returning to the United States. In 2017 I started my own basketball organization” YoungStarzz “
to promote mental toughness training and basketball skills for young athletes. I’m currently an instructional tech at Badger Middle School teaching math and reading. My passion has always been helping others become the best version of themselves.
2. Why do you coach?
I’m currently the head varsity girls Basketball & Track and Field coach at West Bend East High School. Basketball has always been my first love and
sport of choice. I was born into an athletic family with my grandfather being an all-american football player in high school and playing collegiate football for Tennessee State
University and my grandmother running track for the University as well. My father played basketball at the collegiate level for Sam Houston University and played professionally in Europe for thirteen years. I was blessed with the best of both worlds.
3. What are your hobbies?
I love to host basketball training sessions for young aspiring athletes, Read books, Exercise , and Travel.
4. Tell us about your family?
I come from a pretty large family. I have nine siblings total with three sisters and six brothers.
5. What do you like best about West Bend East?
I love the hospitality and empathy that the staff shows to one another. Working for West Bend East feels like a family atmosphere.
The athletes are also well mannered and respectful.
6. A funny story about you?
When I first started playing basketball in third grade I accidentally scored on the other teams basket. My whole team was cheering for me because they were all just excited I had scored. I was so proud of myself until I looked at my coach and she informed me that wasn’t our basket. I STILL WAS HAPPY BUT SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSED 🙂
7. What you are doing during these trying times to stay entertained and continue some normalcy?
I’ve been studying a lot of Track and Field material trying to find ways to become a better coach for my girls. I always try to better myself any opportunity I get and I think this down time can be looked at as a time for overall growth.
8. Some advice to students during these times.
Stay optimistic about the situation. Enjoy the time with your family, and try to find ways to get better.
Try to focus on things you are grateful for rather than the negative things you see in the media.