Wolff, Mezzetta Join Lions' Coaching Staff
LMU Women's Basketball head coach Charity Elliott announced the addition of Tracey Wolff and Alexis Mezzetta to her coaching staff.
May 2, 2012
"I am very excited that these two ladies are going to be joining me on staff here at LMU," said Elliott. "I have known them both for a very long time and they both bring great qualities and experience to the program."
Wolff began her coaching career as Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) where she served as a graduate assistant coach from 1989-90. She went on to serve as an assistant coach at Marquette University for 10 years (1991-2001). During that time, the Golden Eagles made six trips to the NCAA Tournament, including four straight from 1997-2000.
At Marquette, Wolff was instrumental in recruiting the 1996-97 freshman class, which was ranked #12 in the nation by the Blue Star Index, coached 12 all-conference selections and had 36 of 37 student-athletes complete their degrees.
Wolff spent seven years (2001-08) working for Athletes in Action, serving as the head coach of the USA women's basketball team from 2001-05 and the Director of Women's Basketball for the USA team from 2005-08. She recruited four WNBA draft picks, four NCAA Division II All-Americans, two All-Canadians, two NAIA All-Americans and countless all-conference players to volunteer to compete on the AIA exhibition teams.
Most recently, Wolff has worked for Mercy Ministries of America where she served as a fitness and Education Manager from 2008-10 and a Fitness and Nutrition Manager from 2010-11.
"Tracey and I go all the way back to our time at Southwest Missouri State and we have continued to stay in touch over the years," Elliott said. "She has previous experience at a Jesuit institution (Marquette) and has ties all over the country, primarily from her work with Athletes in Action. She has head coaching experience, is very steady as a person and a coach and brings a maturity and calmness."
Mezzetta was a four-year standout at UC San Diego, playing her final collegiate season under Elliott. She went on to join Elliott's coaching staff beginning in 2008-09 and was actively involved in all aspects of coaching, including scouting, player development and travel. She also oversaw the program's recruiting and alumni programs.
"Alexis has been my right-hand assistant for the past four years (at UCSD)," said Elliott. "She is great with the players and has a great basketball mind. She understands and knows my system and has vast recruiting connections with AAU and club coaches in California."
Alongside Elliott, Mezzetta helped lead the Tritons to a 27-5 overall record in 2008-09, which tied the program's all-time mark for victories in a season. Mezzetta was on staff during one of the most successful stretches in program history, as UCSD has posted an overall record of 102-24 and won three CCAA Championships during her time with the team.
A three sport athlete at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, Mezzetta had a very successful playing career with the Tritons from 2004-08, helping guide UCSD to three consecutive NCAA DII Tournament appearances and a trip to the DII Final Four in 2006-07. She posted career averages of 3.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in a total of 102 games and averaged 5.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 4.5 assists as a senior.
Mezzetta finished her career ranked in the top 10 in several categories at UCSD. In terms of Division II records, she currently ranks second all-time in career assists with 247, ninth in career three-pointers made with 54 and 10th in career games played with 102. During her four years with the program, the Tritons recorded an overall record of 92-30.
A native of Sonoma, Calif., Mezzetta graduated from UCSD in 2008 with a degree in biology. She went on to earn her Master's in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine in 2009.