When Jasmine Marshall moved to Concord after graduating from Fresno State in 2007, her days mostly consisted of staying at home with her husband Richard, a cornerback for the Carolina Panthers, and her dogs.
"I was a typical housewife," she said.
But Marshall knew she needed to get out and find something to do to stay busy.
That's when the Sacramento, Calif., native approached Jay M. Robinson girls basketball coach Lin Smithson about helping her out with her team.
Marshall said she decided to lend a hand even though she had no connections to the school because she lived down the road, but mostly because of her love for basketball.
"It helped me a lot in life situations, and I wanted to give back," the 25-year-old said. "I knew I could teach these girls not just basketball but also life-learned lessons I've learned throughout my years."
Smithson admitted that when Marshall first contacted her she thought she was a little crazy to volunteer as an assistant, a job that requires a six-day-a-week commitment.
The head coach said she almost didn't call Marshall back after she first left a message because she thought she was just trying to sell her something.
Even after talking to her on the phone Smithson was a little skeptical.
"I thought, 'this is way too good to be true,'" she said, talking about Marshall's experience playing guard for four years in college and her willingness to coach without compensation.
After meeting with her, the two had an instant connection and Marshall was offered the position.
"She's just been phenomenal working with my guards - and really with the whole team," said Smithson. "She's youthful, knowledgeable, works hard and communicates with the girls very well."
Smithson added that Marshall's approach to the game, which she said was more offensive-oriented than hers, has also helped the team.
Marshall said that the team has grown to be like an extended family, which somewhat fills the void of being more than 2,000 miles away from her biological family.
"I've grown to love these girls a lot," she said. "We have a nice connection off the court."
One thing she's sure of is that she has fallen in love with coaching during her time at Robinson and one day hopes to coach her own team.
"I like the younger kids so maybe I'll coach a middle school or JV team," Marshall said. "They're still kind of raw in their game and you can still kind of mold them more - I kind of like that."