Women's Basketball Solidifies Staff for 2013-14
Head Coach Charity Elliott is excited to announce the reorganization of her staff as well as a new face on the sidelines for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
June 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - With the first season at the helm of the LMU women's basketball program under her belt, Head Coach Charity Elliott is excited to announce the reorganization of her staff as well as a new face on the sidelines for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
"I'm very pleased to announce some changes within our staff," said Elliott. "We've worked very hard to put together a fantastic group of individuals who understand the expectations needed to take LMU women's basketball to the next level and also realize that the student-athlete experience is the most important and lasting thing that we do. I believe that we have found that group who will help elevate this program to the top of the WCC."
Alexis Mezzetta, who first placed under Elliott at UC San Diego, and has since worked the sideline with Elliott for five years, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.
"Alexis has been with me now for five years and has a great understanding of how we run our program," said Elliott. "Her loyalty, work ethic, player development and communication skills are absolutely fantastic and she will continue to make a huge impact on our program in her new position. Alexis has separated herself as one of the top recruiters on the west coast and I trust her completely as she steps into an even greater role."
In addition to Mezzetta's promotion, Elliott's husband, Chris Elliott, who joined the staff midway through last season as the director of operations, will now be a full-time assistant coach. Chris Elliott has been on staff with Charity Elliott for nearly their entire careers, serving as an assistant at UCSD (2009-12), Portland State (2004-07) and Cal Baptist (2001-03).
"Chris has been on my staff longer than anyone and knows the ins and outs of how I want this program run," Elliott said. " He brings great knowledge, passion and humor to our staff and his transition to a floor coach should be a very seamless one."
New to the Lion staff this upcoming season will be former San Diego standout Kiva Herman.
"I'm so happy to announce that Kiva will be joining our staff as an assistant coach," said Elliott. "Her energy, passion and excitement for coaching and impacting young people was palpable from our first phone conversation and I am so excited for her to get started."
Herman was a member of the Torero squad from 2005-09, earning first team All-West Coast Conference and team MVP honors her senior season. She was also named to the WCC All-Tournament team in 2009 after leading USD to the championship game.
Upon graduation from USD in May 2009 with a degree in communications studies, Herman played professionally for Canti Riva Basket in Chiasso, Switzerland (2009-10), and Olivais Futebol Clube in Coinbra, Portugal (2010-11). She joined the coaching ranks in 2011 as an assistant coach at Dixie State College where her primary duties included recruiting, travel coordination, on-court player development and scouting. Most recently, Herman served as the director of operations/video coordinator at UC Irvine.
"Kiva was a tremendous player for USD and has gained experience playing internationally as well as in her last couple of years as an assistant and DOBO on the west coast," Elliott added. "I'm also very excited that Brittney Taylor will be staying on as our director of basketball operations. She gained tremendous experience this past season and we are excited to have her returning."