A familiar face returns to the LMU sidelines as former Lion standout Bianca Ziemann joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach in April 2011. Ziemann, a former Lion team captain, returned to LMU after two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Utah University.
"I recruited Bianca the first time as a player and am now so excited to welcome her back to LMU as member of my staff," Wilhoit said. "Her infectious energy and passion for LMU women's basketball will add to the already well-established coaching staff of Lynn Flanagan, Brian Rosario, and myself."
"I wish there were words that could describe the excitement I am feeling right now as a Lion," Ziemann said. "To join a well-respected staff which gave me a gift years ago to not only play for a competitive program but University and now assist as a coach, is an opportunity of a lifetime. I once was told, `Once a Lion, always a Lion!' I take pride in this quote and everything for which it stands."
In Ziemann's two years at Southern Utah, she worked primarily with the guards, helping Kaila Goff and Caitlyn Sears become two of the top guards in the Summit League. Goff finished among the Summit League leaders in assists both seasons and will be playing overseas with Iska in Germany. Sears was the team's Most Valuable Player and reached 1,000 career points this past season to earn Second Team All-League honors. During her tenure, the Thunderbirds improved their record from 7-23 in 2009-10 to 16-14 in 2010-11.
A standout guard at LMU from 2002-06, Ziemann helped lead the Lions to the school's first WCC Championship and a first round NCAA tournament appearance in 2003-04. She was voted team captain in both her junior and senior seasons and was the only player to start every game in 2005-06. Her commitment to the LMU women's basketball program and community at large led to her winning the P.R.I.D.E award her senior year. During her four years at LMU, she also worked and coached LMU basketball camps and clinics. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a minor in Economics at LMU in 2006.
"Since graduating from LMU, Bianca has done everything the right way," Wilhoit said. "She has pursued opportunities that would place her in a position to be the perfect fit for our staff. Bianca will not only bring a sense of loyalty and commitment to the LMU Jesuit traditions and the Marymount values but also the experience of what it takes to win championships in the WCC."
At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Ziemann played professionally overseas for Amazone, Netherlands from 2006-2007. She led the team to a Final Four and Semi-final appearance and started in the Netherlands All-Star game.
Ziemann spent the 2008-09 season coaching at Edison High School where she helped lead the Chargers to a Sunset League Championship and a CIF Finals appearance. Edison advanced to the quarterfinals in the CIF state championships and finished with an overall record of 25-5. She has also been an assistant coach with the highly successful Orange County Swish "Black" basketball club with Coaches Dan Wiley and Russ Davis.
Ziemann is a 2002 graduate of Edison High School and as a two-sport athlete, she lettered four times in basketball and twice in track. She was an All-Sunset League selection all four years in basketball and was named to the All-CIF First Team as a senior.