July 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Former WNBA standout and all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I women's basketball history, Jackie Stiles, has been named an assistant coach for the LMU women's basketball team, head coach Charity Elliott announced Thursday.
"I couldn't be happier to announce the addition of Jackie Stiles to the LMU Lion women's basketball family," said Elliott. "As a player, she reached the highest levels of success and I know that she will make a tremendous impact on our program and players. Her work ethic is unmatched and because we've known each other for so long, the loyalty and trust is automatic. We are looking forward to watching her share her expertise with our players and I have no doubt that she'll do a great job of connecting both with our players and the LMU community."
Stiles was a collegiate star at Elliott's alma mater from 1998-2001, Missouri State, where she was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and three-time All-American. Her career at Missouri State culminated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament where she led the Lady Bears to a Final Four appearance. That postseason run included a 41-point performance in an 81-71 Sweet 16 upset of top-ranked Duke.
Along with being named to numerous All-American teams her senior season (2001), Stiles also won both the Wade Trophy, as selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and the Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. She remains the only NCAA Division I women's basketball player to score more than 1,000 points in a season (finishing with 1,062) and is one of just three players across all divisions to do so. Her 3,393 career points scored is also the NCAA women's basketball career scoring record (all divisions).
"I am extremely excited to be joining Coach Elliot's staff here at LMU," said Stiles. "I have the utmost respect for her both as a person and as a coach. She has been success everywhere she has been and I am honored that I get to start my coaching career learning from one of the best."
In the 2001 WNCA draft, Stiles was picked fourth by the Portland Fire and captured the WNBA Rookie of the Year award that summer with a scoring average of 14.9 ppg. She was named to the 2001 WNBA All-Star Team and was picked as the WNBA Player of the Week (June 25-July 1) after averaging 22 points on 54 percent shooting during that week.
Stiles went on to play the 2002 WNBA season for the Los Angeles Sparks, who selected her as the 14th pick in the dispersal draft after the Portland Fire franchise folded. She played briefly overseas in Australia before retiring in 2006 due to injuries.
Since 2007, Stiles has owned and operated her own business, J. Stiles Total Training, which includes a variety of ventures including elite basketball training camps and clinics, personal training, motivational speaking appearances and sports broadcasting.