CARROLLTON, Tex. (KBTX) - Lisa Branch has nothing but great things to say about playing basketball for Texas A&M.
"The memories, the coaches that we had, they were more like mentors, best friends, just anything I could have dreamed of, they were all of that," said Branch.
Branch was the leading scorer for the Aggies from 1992 to 1996. One of her favorite games came against Florida her sophomore year.
"Rod Stewart was going to be in concert at their arena, so we couldn't play there, so they had to come to G. Rollie and play at our place," explained Branch. "We beat them, upset them. We ended up being the lowest seed to advance in the first round."
Branch still holds records for the most career assists and free throws at Texas A&M. When she graduated, she knew she didn't want to be a coach, but life can be funny like that.
"He told me, 'Well it will be more money than what you're making at the Boys and Girls Club,' and so I told him, 'Okay, sure! I'll try it,'" said Branch.
That first job took her to Calvert I.S.D. From there, she spent time coaching in Hearne, and even back at Texas A&M.
"I thought, you know, just because I was a good player that I could be a good coach. No, I had a lot to learn," said Branch.
She says she's still learning today. She's coached for almost two decades and is now the head coach of the Hebron High School Lady Hawks in Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth.
"To see them get it, to see that light bulb go off, yeah, I'm here for a reason," said Branch.
She is determined to make winning a tradition at her new school.
"I was told that it's a volleyball school, and I said it's not a basketball school yet. I know I'm going to have to put in some time, which I love to do, and I told the girls you're going to have to put in the time, too. What we put into this is what we're going to get out of it," said Branch.
Coaching takes up a lot of her time, but when she gets a chance, there's one show she never misses.
"I know you're going to put this on television for everyone to see, but I watch sports, and I watch The Young and the Restless daily. I know, I know. I record it and everybody is going to laugh, but yes, I still watch it," said Branch.
We know for sure that Lisa's spunk and for passion for basketball are still going strong.
She says she's in for the long haul at Hebron High School, and glad to be coaching in the metroplex, which means her parents can still come cheer her on at games.