VAC Corner: Zenarae Pieters
March 24, 2010
Remember Zenarae Pieters who played basketball for Tom Collen? She’s now Zenerae Antoine and we thought you might like to know what she’s been doing lately.
Her exotic name might appear hard to pronounce at first – it’s zen-AH-ray AN-twan. Once anyone gets to know Zenarae Antoine, they quickly understand why the highly personable coach was hired by head coach Tom Collen as the recruiting coordinator of the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team.
She is one of the friendliest people off the court, but on the recruiting trail, just like during her playing days at Colorado State, Antoine is a ferocious competitor.
In her first season at Arkansas, she has produced the first top 25 recruiting class for the Razorbacks in several seasons. It comes as no surprise to followers of the women’s game as Antoine guided her former school, Louisville, to highly-ranked recruiting classes in her four seasons with the Cardinals.
Managing the Razorbacks’ extensive recruiting data base as the staff’s recruiting coordinator, Antoine also works with the wing guards and small forwards and serving as the coaching staff’s liaison with the Razorback academic staff.
Active in the community, Antoine was the team’s liason with the local Susan G. Komen group for Arkansas’ Think Pink game. Along with her work with the Razorback academic staff, she is also the women’s basketball team liason to the student-athlete welfare and LifeSkills program.
Prior to Arkansas, Antoine worked with Collen as the recruiting coordinator at Louisville, and guided the Cardinals to nationally-ranked recruiting classes her four seasons at UL. Her last two recruiting classes were No. 26 for 2006 and No. 25 for 2007. Among the most notable signees for the Cardinals were Kodak All-American and 2007 Big East Player of the Year Angel McCoughtry and Kodak Junior College All-American Helen Johnson.
Prior to Louisville, Antoine spent two seasons as an assistant at Ohio University where she was responsible for recruiting for the Bobcats. Antoine also has one season as an assistant for College of Charleston.
Antoine received her master’s from Ohio where her coaching career began as a graduate assistant.
During her playing career at Colorado State, Antoine was a three-year starter for the Rams. She played her senior season for Collen as CSU went 24-6 and reached the NCAA second round during his first season as head coach.
“As a former player for Coach Collen, I can reassure everyone that not only is he a great thinker of the game, but he is a very caring, thoughtful and kind person,” Antoine said. “He is a proven winner, and what I can promise the community, out student-athletes and our recruits is that through Coach Collen’s leadership we will work hard and take the Razorbacks to new heights.”
Working with posts and guards during her coaching career, Antoine was an anchor in the middle for CSU during her playing days. She finished her career third in blocked shots and seventh in rebounding. She also ranks high for single season rebounds and blocked shots. During her career, CSU had two league titles and two NCAA appearances.
Married to University of Arkansas football strength and conditioning assistant Ronald Antoine, the native of Katy, Texas, earned her bachelor’s degree from CSU in 1998, and her master’s at Ohio in 2000.