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    Default Delisha Milton-Jones leaving Pepperdine

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...CwEGh6SmXpkFri

    Ugh. Stepping down as head coach to become an assistant at an ACC school. This does not appear to be a good development for the WCC.

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    That’s too bad, she was fun to watch coach and seemed to have the team rolling in a good direction.

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    not that there is ever a "good" time for a coach to leave, but seeing as its the beginning of summer and probably most of the kids are away from campus, its a real shocker for the players to face..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    not that there is ever a "good" time for a coach to leave, but seeing as its the beginning of summer and probably most of the kids are away from campus, its a real shocker for the players to face..
    Yeah, seems really late in the cycle for a coaching change. I don't know if it's universal, but incoming freshmen have been arriving at some campuses in the last week. "Welcome to your new school, the coach that recruited you just left 5 minutes ago."

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    Darn it! She was one of my favorites!

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    This is one of the reasons I am for more freedom of movement by the student athletes.

    Definitely a good hire by Syracuse and certainly a loss to Pepperdine and the WCC as a whole. In only two years, DeLisha Milton-Jones turned the Pepperdine program from the bottom half of the WCC to their first winning season since 2010-2011 and a finish in the top half of the WCC.

    This brings up a pet peeve of mine.

    Coaches can leave at any time with little penalty beyond maybe a buyout clause which is normally covered by the hiring school. Kids then have to hope the school will release them from their LOI or from their scholarship. That's BS.

    If the head coach leaves, the coach has changed the dynamic under which the student athletes were recruited and offered a scholarship and the kids accepted the offered scholarship. If the head coach leaves or is fired, the kids should be free to leave the school and re-open their recruitment without penalty.

    Off my soapbox,

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    To put a bow on this thread, Pepperdine has hired former Pepperdine women's basketball assistant coach Kristen Dowling, who has had a tremendously successful run at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps the past seven years, will return to Malibu as the eighth head coach in program history, the University announced today.

    From the Pepperdine Waves Web Site:

    Dowling Returns as Women's Basketball Coach
    Women's Basketball 7/3/2019 11:30:00 AM by Athletic Communications

    MALIBU, California – Former Pepperdine women's basketball assistant coach Kristen Dowling, who has had a tremendously successful run at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps the past seven years, will return to Malibu as the eighth head coach in program history, the University announced today.

    "Pepperdine Athletics exists to further our institution's Christian mission, to provide an enriching, rewarding experience for our student-athletes that results in graduation, and to compete for championships," Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts said. "Kristen Dowling gives us a perfect fit for those objectives. She brings a strong Christian faith, a true commitment to our student-athlete's well-being as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Redlands, and is dedicated to building a championship-caliber women's basketball program. We are excited to have Kristen leading our women's basketball program for many years to come."

    Dowling posted a 147-46 (.762) record as the head coach of the Division III Athenas, including six straight 20-win seasons and at least a share of six consecutive SCIAC regular-season championships. Her squads won the SCIAC Tournament four consecutive years between 2014 and 2017 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each time.

    "I am elated to lead the Pepperdine women's basketball program," Dowling said. "I want to thank President Benton, President-Elect Gash, Steve Potts and Karina Herold for entrusting me with the leadership of this program. Pepperdine's Christian mission and commitment to academic and athletic excellence are core to who I am, and makes this an absolute dream come true. I am excited to get to know the current team, compete with purpose and build upon their success. The future of Pepperdine women's basketball is incredibly bright.

    "I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to CMS Athletics, President Chodosh, Mike Sutton and my former players and coaches for believing in me and their tireless dedication to the program. A sincere thank you to the entire CMS community for their genuine support and friendship. Finally, a special thank you to my family and friends for their years of encouragement, support and love."

    Her first team at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps posted a 9-16 record in 2012-13, but she turned the program around quickly and recorded a school-record 24 wins in 2013-14. The Athenas hit 24 two more times since then and had at least 23 wins in five of the last six seasons. She led Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 2016, and the Athenas again won a first-round game in 2017.

    Dowling was named SCIAC Coach of the Year in 2015. Over seven years, she posted a 93-19 (.830) record in conference play, with a remarkable 88-8 (.917) record the past six seasons. Her student-athletes won two SCIAC Player of the Year awards and were named to the All-SCIAC first team 10 times.

    This will be Dowling's third stint at Pepperdine. She was a graduate assistant and academic advisor during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, then returned as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns, all under former head coach Julie Rousseau. The Waves went 32-27 during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and placed third in the West Coast Conference in 2011 and advanced to the WNIT.

    In between those two stays at Pepperdine, Dowling worked as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. The Roadrunners went 35-23 those two years and made their first-ever Division I postseason appearance in the 2010 Women's Basketball Invitational.

    Dowling is a 2004 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Redlands, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in physical education. As a student-athlete, she helped the Bulldogs to their second-ever SCIAC title in 2004 and a WBCA Class Act Achievement Award.

    Dowling also earned a master's degree from Pepperdine in educational technology in 2007.

    She is a graduate of Nike's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, as well as the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy. In 2018, she served as an on-court coach for the USA Basketball U17 World Cup Team Trials.

    Dowling takes over a program that was on the rise under Delisha Milton-Jones. The Waves went 22-12 last season, tied for third place in the WCC (the best showing since 2011), made the WCC Tournament semifinals (for the first time since 2010) and won the program's two first postseason games in the modern era, making it to the Round of 16 in the WNIT. The Waves are slated to return three starters and seven letter winners, including four of the top five scorers. Returners account for 50% of last year's scoring.
    Article Link: https://pepperdinewaves.com/news/201...all-coach.aspx

    A big step up from being head coach of a D-111 to a D-1 program on the rise. We will see if she can fill the very big shoes of Coach Milton-Jones.

    ZagDad

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