April Phillips played at Xavier and has coached at Seton Hall, University of New Haven and Georgia Tech.
Marcella Hughes, a 5-7 guard haling from Carondelet High School in Concord, will join the Lions' program in 2015-16.
Jackie Johnson, a 6-2 forward hailing from Prairie, Minn., and the University of Minnesota, will join the Lions this fall.
Seniors Taylor Anderson and Emily Ben-Jumbo will be honored prior to the Lions' Wells Fargo PCH Cup game against Pepperdine.
Women's basketball hosts its annual Play4Kay breast cancer awareness game on Saturday versus Portland.
Postgame highlights and interview with Head Coach Charity Elliott after LMU's WCC opener at Pepperdine.
Head Coach Charity Elliott discusses the 2014-15 season as the Lions open play at Oklahoma State Friday.
LMU Sports Network mic'd up head coach Charity Elliott for a day.
Season preview interview with Head Coach Charity Elliott.
Highlights from the women's basketball intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday.
Gonzaga 70, LMU 50
LMU 67, Pepperdine 66
Women's Basketball vs. San Francisco - 1/24/15 Photos by Jeff Golden
Women's Basketball vs. Santa Clara - 1/22/15 Photos by Jeff Golden
Women's Basketball USMC Team Building Exercise on Jan. 5, 2015
Loyola Marymount University Director of Athletics Dr. Bill Husak announced on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 that Charity Elliott has been named head coach for the Lions' women's basketball program. Elliott becomes the fifth head coach in LMU women's basketball history.
"In selecting Charity Elliott to be our next head coach for our women's basketball team, we were very impressed with her success, style of play and development of her players and team," said Dr. Husak. "We have a group of women who believe in themselves and their abilities and skills. With our incoming class and new coaching leadership, the ingredients are in place for a successful season next year and years to come."
In her first season at the helm of the Lion program Elliott guided LMU to a 13-18 overall record, 6-10 WCC mark and 9-5 record at home in Gersten Pavilion. Playing their best basketball during the home stretch of the season, the 2012-13 Lions earned a huge upset of BYU on senior night and came from behind for a key road victory over San Francisco to clinch the fifth seed in the WCC Championship Tournament.
In 2013-14, Elliott's Lions went 9-21 and 6-12 in the WCC. A second straight season of earning a sweep of PCH Cup rival Pepperdine, and program records set by Hazel Ramirez (single-season assists, career assists) and Leslie Lopez-Wood (single-season three-pointers) were highlights during a season of transition as new leaders began to find their footing.
Elliott completed a highly successful five-year run with the Division II UC San Diego Tritons in 2011-12, compiling a 127-34 (.789) overall record and 90-16 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association from 2007-08 through 2011-12. This past season Elliott led the Tritons to a 30-3 overall record, including going unbeaten in their first 26 games. The team spent seven weeks ranked #1 in NCAA Division II, the first #1 ranking in school history. Elliott capped the season by being named 2012 West Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year honor.
During her tenure, Elliott UCSD to three regular-season conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Sweet 16 appearance. She also earned three CCAA Coach of the Year honors.
"I am very excited and honored to be joining the LMU family," Elliott said. "I want to thank Dr. Husak and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I was blown away by everything that LMU has to offer and feel so blessed to be a part of such a prestigious university. There are some incredibly talented young ladies and I can't wait to get them on the court and get to work!"
Elliott spent three seasons as the head coach at Portland State where she led the Vikings to a remarkable turnaround during her tenure. After PSU finished with an overall record of 3-23 during her first year in 2004-05, she led the Vikings to a 12-16 overall mark and 6-8 in the Big Sky Conference during her second season. The nine-win improvement ranked amongst the nation's top 20 and Portland State qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time in three years.
Before taking the Portland State job, Elliott served as an assistant coach at Arkansas for one season and was the head coach at Cal Baptist for two seasons. She has also served in an assistant capacity with Southwest Baptist, Southwest Missouri State and San Diego State.
Elliott began her collegiate basketball career at Rice University, where she played for two seasons, averaging 16 ppg as a sophomore before transferring to Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State). While at SMS, Elliott guided the Bears to a 31-3 record and the program's first-ever Final Four appearance as a senior in 1992. An integral part of one of the most successful teams in program history, she ranked in the top 10 nationally in free throw percentage and was named SMS' Female Student-Athlete of the Year as well as Woman of the Year at the end of the 1991-92 season. The Bears posted a 57-8 record during her two-year career with the program.
Elliott earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Southwest Missouri State and her Master's of Science in education from Southwest Baptist University.