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HEAD COACH PAUL WESTHEAD A new era of Oregon women’s basketball was ushered in with the announcement of Paul Westhead as the program’s newest head coach on March 26, 2009. Known for executing an exciting brand of run-and-gun basketball, Westhead recently coached the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA championship in 2007. His latest hardware makes him the only head coach to win a championship in both the NBA and WNBA. A veteran basketball coach with a resume that spans nearly four decades, Westhead has coached in the NBA and WNBA, as well as the men’s collegiate ranks. This is Westhead’s first head coaching job with a NCAA women’s basketball program.
COACHING HISTORY Program La Salle L.A. Lakers Chicago Bulls Loyola Marymount Denver Nuggets George Mason Phoenix Mercury
Years 1971-79 1980-82* 1983 1986-90 1991-92 1994-97 2006-07
Record 142-105 (.575) 111-50 (.689) 28-54 (.341) 105-48 (.686) 44-120 (.268) 38-70 (.352) 41-27 (.603)
NCAA Men’s Totals NBA Totals WNBA Totals
18 years 4+ years 2 years
285-223 (.561) 183-224 (.450) 41-27 (.603)
* coached partial seasons in 1980 and 1982
“In searching for a new coach, we had several goals in mind,” then-Athletics Director Pat Kilkenny said. “First, we wanted the coach to fit the Oregon culture of being exciting, innovative and entertaining. I can’t think of anyone better than coach Westhead to do just that. Over the years, Paul Westhead coached teams are the epitome of exciting and entertaining basketball. He clearly has a reputation as one of the top teachers of the game on both the men’s and women’s side. “Secondly, we wanted to find a coach that would broaden the appeal of women’s basketball in general, and help transform the way the game is played on the west coast. Currently we have a wonderful, dedicated group of fans who support our women’s basketball program, and with their help opening the doors to all Duck fans, our home court will be one of the toughest places to play in the country.”
Paul Westhead First Season St. Joseph’s, ‘61 Philadelphia, Pa.
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The sixth head coach in the history of the Oregon women’s basketball program, Westhead comes to the UO after serving as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder for one year (2007-08). He headed to Oklahoma City less than two months after winning the WNBA championship in 2007. An innovative coach with a signature up-tempo style, Westhead translated that approach to the women’s game when he was hired by the Mercury on Oct. 11, 2005. It took him less than two seasons to build a championshipcaliber squad, as he guided Phoenix to its first WNBA championship in 2007. During two seasons, Westhead led the Mercury to a 41-27 (.603) record, the highest winning percentage in
Seasons of coaching experience; 18 NCAA Division I Men’s, 4+ NBA, 2 WNBA Postseason appearances; 7 NCAA Men’s, 2 NBA, 2 WNBA Championship Titles; 1 NBA: LA Lakers 1980, 1 WNBA: Phoenix Mercury 2007 Seasons ranking first in scoring average; 3 NCAA at LMU (1988, ‘89, ‘90), 2 WNBA at Phoenix (2006, ‘07) Seasons averaging over 100.0 ppg game; 4 NBA: Lakers (1980, ‘81), Bulls (‘83) & Denver (‘91); 3 NCAA: LMU (‘88, ‘89, ‘90)
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franchise history, as well as a franc franchise-record 23 victories in 2007. His up-tempo style also set WNBA W records for scoring average for two consecutive seasons.
inney, leading the Lakers to the 1980 NBA championship with rookie guard Magic Johnson and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar on the roster.
Prior to his time in the WNBA with the PPhoenix Mercury, Westhead assistant coach with the NBA’s spent two years (2003-05) as an ass Orlando Magic.
The collegiate ranks is where Westhead began his head coaching career at LaSalle University in 1970. In nine seasons (1970-79) with the Explorers, Westhead led the team to one NIT, two NCAA Tournament performances and a 142-105 record.
The 70-year-old last coached in the NCAA from 1993-97 at George Mason University. Prior P to that stint, Westhead spent two seasons (1990-91 & 11991-92) as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets after his historic stint with the Loyola Marymount men’s baske basketball program. Westhead spent five years (1985-90) (198 at LMU, helping the Lions to become an impressive impressiv program and legitimate contender in NCAA men’s hoo hoops. During his tenure with the Lions, Westhead built a 105-48 (.603) record, leading the Lions to three cons consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a run to the t Elite Eight in 1990. Westhead’s other coaching coachin stints included the head job with the Chicago Bul Bulls during the 1982-83 season and the Los Angeles Angele Lakers. Westhead’s NBA head coaching career began b in Los Angeles with the Lakers organization, lasting nearly three years (1979-82). In 1979, West Westhead succeeded Jack McK-
In a combined 18 seasons at the college level at La Salle, Loyola Marymount and George Mason, Westhead comprised a 285-223 (.561) record. Known for his high-scoring offensive techniques, Westhead has also spent time with the USA basketball programs, and in 2005 was a guest clinician at the USA women’s youth development festival teams in Colorado Springs, Colo. Westhead has also been a head coach in the ABA (2000-01) and the Japanese Pro League (2001-03). A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Westhead graduated from St. Joseph’s (PA) in 1961. He and his wife, Cassie, have four children: Monica, Patrice, Paul Jr., and Julie.
POSTSEASON, CHAMPIONSHIPS & RECORDS La Salle University (1970-79)
George Mason University (1993-1997)
In nine seasons compiled a 142-105 record and made three postseason appearances.
In four years at George Mason, Westhead’s 1995 (92.6 ppg) and 1996 (90. 5 ppg) seasons rank as the top two scoring clips in program history. In each of his four seasons, GMU’s offense ranked in the nation’s top-25, and three times in the nation’s top-10.
Los Angeles Lakers (1979-81) After taking over for Jack McKinney 14 games into the 1979-80 season, Westhead led the Lakers to the 1980 NBA Championship with Magic Johnson and Kareem AbdulJabbar averaging 115.1 points per game.
Loyola Marymount (1985-90) In five seasons at Loyola Marymount, Westhead led the Lions to four postseason appearances and a 105-48 combined record. In his final three years at LMU, Westhead led the Lions to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, culminating with LMU’s run to the Elite Eight in 1990. During that time, the Lions averaged at least 110.0 points per game, including the 1989-90 squad, which still holds the NCAA single-season scoring average at 122.4 ppg. In 1990’s historical run, LMU knocked off defending champion Michigan, 149-115, but fell to eventual champion UNLV, 131-101, in the Elite Eight. Each of his last three seasons at LMU rank in the NCAA top-5 for scoring offense.
Phoenix Mercury (2006-07) Westhead reshaped the Phoenix Mercury franchise in 2006 by instituting a recordsetting offense that averaged 87.1 points per game. He again broke barriers in 2007, averaging 89.0 ppg, winning a franchise-record 23 games and culminating the season with the franchise’s first WNBA championship.
Oregon (2009-10) Westhead has been teaching and instilling his potent offense all spring, summer and fall with the Oregon women’s basketball team. The Ducks will put their new style of play on display in their season opener at Mac Court on Monday, Nov. 16 against Eastern Washington.
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ASSISTANT COACH DAN MUSCATELL A familiar face completed the Oregon women’s basketball coaching staff when it was announced that Dan Muscatell would return to the University of Oregon in April 2009. A former assistant with the UO women’s basketball program (199903), Muscatell spent the past six years (2004-09) as the head women’s basketball coach at Sacramento State. “Dan is an outstanding coach who has proven himself as both a head coach and an assistant,” Oregon women’s basketball head coach Paul Westhead said at the time of the hire. “Obviously he has shown that he can recruit at the Division I level, and his ties to the Northwest as well as his familiarity with the UO will help us. His coaching skills on the floor will be valuable as we implement our new system and as our student-athletes continue to develop.” He completed a 2008-09 season in which his Sacramento State team finished 9-21 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky Conference. The 7-9 conference record was the best mark since the program joined the Big Sky in 1996-97. The team finished fifth in the league standings and fell in overtime in the Big Sky Tournament quarterfinals. During his tenure with the Hornets, Muscatell coached seven studentathletes to Big Sky all-conference honors on the court, including 2005 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year Kim Sheehy. Off the court, 24 players received Big Sky All-Academic accolades under Muscatell’s watch. The academic success of his program culminated in April of 2009 when the Hornets were recognized with a NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year. Of his 22 student-athletes that reached senior eligibility, 21 graduated from the University.
Dan Muscatell Fifth Season Western Washington, ‘83; ‘90
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During his tenure at Sacramento State, the women’s basketball program garnered 24 Big Sky All-Academic awards. His 21 Big Sky Conference victories are the most for any coach in Sacramento State women’s basketball history. While an assistant coach at Oregon, brought in the nation’s 17th-ranked recruiting class in 2001. While at Sacramento State, his studentathletes received Big Sky all-conference accolades on seven occasions. The Hornets were recognized for their academic achievements with two NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards.
Muscatell took over a program that had won just six games in the three seasons prior to his arrival, and had made only one trip to the Big Sky Conference Tournament in eight years. In his six seasons, the program totaled 36 wins overall and 21 in the Big Sky Conference. His league win total in the Big Sky is the most for any head coach in Sacramento State program history. The Hornets also made two trips to the BSC Tournament during his tenure. Before making the move to northern California, Muscatell spent four years as an assistant coach at Oregon. During that time the Ducks compiled a 74-49 (.602) record and a 42-30 (.583) Pac-10 Conference mark, while also winning one Pac-10 championship (2000). The Ducks made three postseason appearances during his time at Oregon including two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2000 & 2001), and winning the 2002 WNIT Tournament championship. The Ducks were also ranked in the top 25 during three of those years, including two top-10 finishes in 2000 and 2001. While at Oregon, Muscatell was involved in all aspects of the program, including the coordination of recruiting efforts and the coaching of offense and defense. He also worked with both the perimeter and post players. The Everett, Wash., native was responsible for bringing in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2001, a six-member class that was ranked No. 17 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report. Muscatell also coached or recruited former WNBA players Andrea Bills, Edneisha Curry, Brandi Davis, Jenny Mowe, Angelina Wolvert and Shaquala Williams, along with current New York Liberty forward Cathrine Kraayeveld.
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Prior to his stint at Oregon, Muscatell spent 13 years as a boy’s basketball coach and teacher in the state of Washington. He served as the head coach while also teaching physical education, math and health at Rochester High School (1994-99). During that time, he led the Warriors to the postseason every season. For his efforts, he was named Evergreen League Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998, and SW Washington Coach of the Year in 1999. In 1999, Muscatell’s squad led the state in scoring defense (45.5 points per game) while also earning a program-best fourth-place finish in the state. RHS also placed second in the state in scoring defense in 1997 and 1998. In the classroom, his team was awarded the 1998 State Academic Championship after earning the highest gpa of all schools in its classification. Before taking over at Rochester, Muscatell spent eight years (1982-90) as the head boy’s basketball coach at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. At the age of 22, he led the program to the postseason in all but one season. The Trojans had only won three games in two years before his arrival. In his third season, he directed the squad to a school-record second-place finish in the district and consecutive victories over the top-ranked schools in the state (Lynden, King’s). For his efforts, he was named both Whatcom County and NW Washington Coach of the Year in 1985. Muscatell served as the assistant principal (1986-1990) and taught physical education, math, psychology and leadership during his tenure (1985-1990). During his playing career, Muscatell was a two-year starter and team captain for Western Washington (1980-82) and a two-time winner of the Most Inspirational Award. He also played two years (1978-80) at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., where he was a two-year starter and team captain. Muscatell earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education/ psychology (1983) and a master’s degree in administration (1990) from Western Washington. Along with coaching, Muscatell spent 17 years as a baseball umpire (high school, college, semi-pro), 14 years as a collegiate football official (NAIA, Div. II & III), and eight years as a basketball official (Div. II & JC). He and his wife, Terri, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary this year, and have three children: Keely (23), Jessica (20) and Drew (18).
ASSISTANT COACH KEILA WHITTINGTON An experienced assistant coach with a long history of postseason appearances and top-ranked recruiting classes, Keila Whittington joined the Oregon coaching staff on April 14, 2009, after spending two seasons at Marist College. “We are lucky to bring in a coach with such a wealth of recruiting experience at the Division I level,” Westhead said of Whittington at the time of her hire. “She has a proven track record of bringing in some of the country’s top recruiting classes and developing those programs into extremely competitive and nationallyranked teams.” Whittington, who serves as the Ducks recruiting coordinator and works with the post players, comes to Oregon with an impressive record on the court and on the recruiting trail. An assistant at Marist (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) the last two seasons, Whittington joined the Ducks after a 29-4 record and secondstraight NCAA Tournament appearance with the Red Foxes. She spent two seasons at Marist (2007-09) compiling a 61-7 record, winning two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championships as well as two MAAC Tournament championships.
Keila Whittington First Season Dillard, ‘89 Delaware, ‘93
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While at Penn State, Whittington brought in two top-25 recruiting classes; the 13th-ranked class in 2003 and the 22nd-ranked class in ‘07. In her last eight seasons of coaching at Penn State and Marist, Whittington made the NCAA Tournament six times. After bringing in the nation’s No. 13 recruiting class in ‘03, All-Star Girls Report named Whittington one of the top-5 recruiters in the country. Whittington was apart of two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships while at Marist (2008 & 2009). In 2008, Marist had its first undefeated MAAC season with a flawless league record of 18-0.
During a breakout season in 2008, the Red Foxes achieved their first undefeated conference record (18-0) and made their first appearance in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Marist finished 2008 with a 32-3 overall record - the first 30-win season and best year in women’s basketball program history - as well as advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ending the year ranked 23rd in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. In 2009, Marist made a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 29-4 record, and achieved its highest ranking ever in the polls at No. 20 (AP poll) in January. While at Marist, Whittington assisted with recruiting, including coordinating visits. In 2008, Marist’s recruiting class was ranked 50th in the nation by Blue Star Basketball - the first ever ranking for the program. Prior to her time at Marist, Whittington spent six seasons (2001-07) as an assistant coach at Penn State University. In charge of recruiting with the Nittany
Lions, Whittington oversaw the signing of the 22nd ranked recruiting class in 2007 (Blue Star Basketball), as well as the 34th-ranked player in the nation. In 2003, Penn State brought in the nation’s 13th best recruiting class (All-Star Girls Report) and Whittington was listed as one of the nations top-five recruiting coordinators by All Star Girls Report. During her time with Penn State, the Nittany Lions made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including two Big Ten Conference championships (2003 & 2004), two Sweet 16 appearances (2002 & 2003), and one trip to the Elite Eight (2004). Prior to her arrival at Penn State, Whittington spent the 2000-01 season as South Alabama’s recruiting coordinator. That year, the team earned its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament victory in program history and had its highest victory total in 10 years. From 1995-2000, Whittington was an assistant at Indiana, also serving as recruiting coordinator. While with the Hoosiers, she served as assistant coach on the Big Ten All-Star Tour in 1997, traveling to Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Whittington was also an assistant at Rhode Island from 1993-95, and was promoted to top assistant and recruiting coordinator in 1995. She began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Delaware, where she coached from 1991-93. Whittington’s first experience on the bench came as assistant varsity girls’ coach and head junior varsity girls’ coach at McDonogh #35 High School in New Orleans. A native of Louisiana, Whittington has a wealth of community involvement. She organized a supply relief drive consisting of non-perishable food items, water and toys which was sent to St. Bernard Parish in Chalmette, La., just outside of New Orleans, to benefit those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Whittington is a 1989 graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, earning a B.A. in Health & Physical Education. She received her M.A. in Physical Education from Delaware in 1993.
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ASSISTANT COACH KAI FELTON Kai Felton became one the newest members of the Oregon women’s basketball coaching staff when she was hired on April 14, 2009, by head coach Paul Westhead. “Kai has a lot of recruiting experience and her familiarity with the Pac-10 Conference as well as players on the west coast will be a huge asset for the program,” Westhead said at the time of her hire. “She is a young coach and will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the program both on and off the court.” Felton is a familiar face out of the Pac-10 Conference, spending five years as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. She had a hand in recruiting seven McDonald’s All-Americans in her five years with the Women of Troy, including the nation’s top recruiting class according to USA Today and the All-Star Girls Report in 2006. That class included the 2006 co-National Player of the Year, Jackie Gemelos. On the basketball court, Felton helped develop USC’s guards, including Camille LeNoir, an All-Pac-10 second team and Pac-10 All-Tournament team selection, as well as the 2008-09 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Briana Gilbreath. Felton also worked with Shay Murphy, a first team Pac-10 selection and 15th overall pick in the WNBA draft in 2007.
Kai Felton First Season Randolph-Macon, ‘00 Springfield, ‘02
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During her five seasons at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a 90-64 record and finished in the top half of the conference in each of those seasons. USC advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament twice (2005 & 2006) and most recently played in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game for the first time in program history.
Had a hand in recruiting 7 All-Americans in five years at USC. Has made five postseason appearnces coaching with three different programs. Coached three all-Pac-10 guards; Camille LeNoir, Briana Gilbreath and Shay Murphy. As an assistant at Springfield won two NEWMAC titles and developed two conference players of the year. Supervised the program’s academic progress and recorded the program’s highest GPA in its history.
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Felton also supervised the program’s academic progress during her tenure, recording the program’s highest GPA in the Spring of 2007. Before joining USC, Felton spent one season at Pepperdine University, helping the Waves earn an invitation to the WNIT with a 17-12 record. Felton also served as a volunteer assistant coach at California Polytechnic University, Ponoma (200203) and worked as an assistant coach (2000-02) at Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.) At Springfield, Felton was with the Pride as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Division III Women’s basketball Tournament. Springfield compiled a 49-9 record and claimed two NEWMAC conference championships during her time on the coaching staff, while helping develop conference players of the year in Kelly Thompson (2001) and Becky Kanupka (2002). As a player, Felton was a standout guard at RandolphMacon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va. During her four years, she set nine school records, including most career three-pointers (216), most three-pointers in a season (66) and most career assists (325). She finished her career ranked No. 3 on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,147 points. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2000 from Randolph-Macon and later attained her master’s in physical education/athletic administration from Springfield in 2002.
SUPPORT STAFF janell BERGSTROM
Dir. of Basketball Operations First Year Oregon, ‘03, ‘05
McArthur Court Operations 20th Year
Janell Bergstrom completed the University of Oregon women’s basketball staff after being hired as the program’s Director of Operations by head coach Paul Westhead in May. “We are very happy to have Janell join our staff,” Westhead said at the time of her hire. “She will be a huge asset to our program, and her background in both administration and athletics is a combination that will greatly benefit our team.”
Lynn Chase, now in his 20th year with the University, offers support in the event setup and post-event breakdown at McArthur Court for the Ducks’ four sports that compete there. He was hired by the University in 1990 and was elevated to Operations Manager in 1995. In addition to sporting events, Chase also oversees the setup and breakdown of concerts, lectures and ceremonies held at McArthur Court. Chase is a native of Oregon. He and his wife have two children.
Bergstrom’s duties will include team travel, community relations, the organization of summer and team camps and the day-to-day operations of the program.
dr. robert CRIST
Bergstrom is a familiar face to the Oregon family, having spent a combined nine years at the UO.
Director of Athletic Medicine 16th Year Indiana, ‘56, ‘61
She most recently served as a Special Assistant to the Executive Senior Athletic Administration, working on special projects within the athletic department. Bergstrom worked on such major projects as the Matthew Knight Arena and the hosting of the NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second rounds at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland. Other duties included developing donor relationships, planning major student-athlete events and serving on the Athletic Diversity Action Plan team. Bergstrom’s first position at Oregon was as an academic advisor for the University of Oregon Services for Student-Athletes, a position she held from July 2006-September 2008. She oversaw all aspects of university academic advising for student-athletes competing on various squads. Bergstrom is a 2003 graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Family and Human Services. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the UO in March of 2005. A four-time letterwinner on the Oregon softball team from 2000-03, Bergstrom was a first team Pac-10 all-academic selection in 2003. She served as a student services graduate assistant at Oregon from 2003-05 while obtaining her graduate degree, and spent the following year at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., as the varsity sports coordinator, working with compliance, event management, student enhancement and special projects.
The health and well-being of all UO student-athletes rests in the capable hands of team physician Dr. Robert Crist. In his 16th year with the Ducks as the team doctor, Crist was hired in the fall of 1994. Crist established his practice in Eugene in 1965 after graduation from Indiana University and actively practiced in Eugene until recently deciding to devote his medical attention to Duck athletes. He has been chief of staff at Sacred Heart General Hospital (1983-85) and medical director in the emergency room there for six years until 1992. He has also served as president of the Lane County Medical Society (1975-76). His association with athletics began as Churchill High School’s team doctor in the late 1960s and continued through the 1970s. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Crist graduated with a B.A. in anatomy and physiology with Phi Beta Kappa honors at Indiana and also attended Indiana Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1961, while earning Alpha Omega Alpha membership. He served his internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., in 196163, and began his family practice in Eugene in 1965 after two years in the U.S. Public Health Service.
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SUPPORT STAFF mark DILLON
Strength & Conditioning Coach 4th Year Lindenwood University, ‘02 Oregon, ‘08
Services for Atudent-Athletes 6th Year California, ‘00; Santa Clara, ‘03
Mark Dillon enters his fourth year with the University of Oregon and his first season working full-time with women’s basketball program. Dillon is responsible for all aspects of exercise prescription, program design, implementation, and evaluation toward the enhancement of physical performance for the Oregon women’s basketball team. He also assists in program implementation for all Oregon student-athletes with primary responsibilities of physical development for the softball and tennis programs.
Jennie Leander begins her sixth year with the University of Oregon and Services for StudentAthletes since her hire in the fall of 2003. Leander works with the women’s basketball program, as well as the football, women’s golf and lacrosse teams.
Before coming to the UO in 2005 as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach, Dillon was an intern strength and conditioning coach at Washington State, working with the football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball programs. Prior to working at WSU, Dillon was a high school teacher and coach in St. Louis, Mo.
Leander graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2000 with a B.A. in Mass Communications, before going on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara in 2003.
Dillon graduated from Lindenwood University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2002. He was a four-year letterman as a fullback on the football team at Lindenwood, and earned all-conference honors in 2001 and 2002 as well as all-academic accolades. He was also on the 1999 squad that made the program’s first ever playoff appearance. A native of Warrensburg Mo., Dillon graduated from Crest Ridge High School in 1998.
She meets weekly with student-athletes to chart a course of study and track academic progress, while also monitoring NCAA eligibility as it applies to student-athlete progress in general education and major coursework.
At Cal, Leander was a four-year starter sand three-year team captain for the Golden Bears women’s basketball team. She was a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection (1995-96), as well as a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree. Leander finished her career with 1,144 points and still ranks in the all-time top-10 for rebounds and free throws made. After her collegiate basketball career, Leander went on to play professionally in Hungary. She recently ran the Boston Marathon in 2008. Leander is a 1995 graduate of Tualatin High School in Oregon.
Administrative Assistant Third Year
Equipment Manager 20th Year Lane Community College, ‘86
Carol Jaeger begins her 20th year with the University of Oregon as its equipment manager at McArthur Court. Jaeger is responsible for purchasing uniforms, clothes and shoes for nine Duck teams and oversees the equipment budget. She began her Oregon tenure in 1990. After obtaining an accounting degree from Lane Community College in Eugene, she worked for the Hertz rental car agency, Washington & Henderson Aviation and served as a reservations agent at Delta Airlines. In her spare time, Jaeger enjoys oil painting and travel.
Illya Lebow begins her third season with women’s basketball at Oregon, joining the program in December 2007 to provide full-time administrative support. She is directly involved with organizing the annual postseason banquet, summer camps and coordinating day-to-day office duties. Prior to joining the Oregon Athletics Department, Lebow worked in the commercial insurance industry for 12 years, specializing in workers’ compensation. Lebow has lived in Eugene for 40 years, graduating from South Eugene High School in 1985, and attending UO from 1990-92. Lebow married her husband, Dan Smernes in 1992. The couple have two sons, Daniel (15) and Drew (13).
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SUPPORT STAFF justin MART
Video Coordinator Third Year Central Christian College, ‘05
Asst. Marketing Director Fifth Year Oregon, ‘03
Justin Mart is in his third season with the Oregon women’s basketball program. As the team’s video coordinator, Mart is responsible for breaking down game and practice film, film exchange, as well as other office responsibilities. In August of 2007, Mart joined the Ducks as a program assistant. A 2005 graduate of Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan., he obtained his bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Business and Sports Management. He also played collegiate basketball for the Tigers from 2001-05. A native of Eugene, Ore., Mart graduated from Sheldon High School in 2001. He played three years of basketball for the Fighting Irish and assisted coaching the freshman basketball team at Sheldon during the 1999-00 season while he was injured and unable to play with the varsity squad.
Megan is now in her fifth year at Oregon as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions. She is in charge of developing promotional plans for all Oregon athletic teams, and works specifically with volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball. She also supervises promotional efforts for athletic events. A native of Sunnyvale, Calif., she was hired in July of 2005 after working two years at the Stanford Athletic Department as a marketing associate. Robertson, 28, graduated from the University of Oregon in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Marketing. During her senior year at Oregon, Robertson began her athletic marketing career as an undergraduate intern in the marketing & promotions office. She and her husband, Matt, have been married for four years.
During the summer of 2004, he assisted at the United States Basketball Academy held just outside of Springfield, Ore., coaching ages from grade school through high school.
Team Manager Second Year
Cassie Boge is entering her second season as the team manager of the Oregon women’s basketball team. Her main duties include the set up, time management and breakdown of practices and gamedays. On the road, Boge is responsible for travel gear and assisting the Director of Basketball Operations concerning day-to-day procedures.
Athletic Trainer Second Year UC Davis, ‘03; Oregon, ‘08
Boge is a 2007 graduate of Tillamook High School in Oregon. She played both basketball and softball for the Cheesemakers, and was a two-time all-league honoree in each sport. Currently a business major, Boge is on pace to graduate in June 2011. She hopes to pursue a career as an accountant after completing her degree.
Tori Noda is in her second year with the Oregon women’s basketball team after her official hire in August 2008. She is the head trainer for the women’s basketball program, and also oversees the women’s volleyball team.
Noda is beginning her third year with the Oregon Athletics department after working with football, cross country and track and field as a graduate assistant for two years.
Team Manager Third Year
Noda oversees the overall health and well-being of the student-athletes; evaluating injuries, overseeing injury rehabilitation as well as working with the players on their overall conditioning. Noda received her master’s in athletic training from the University of Oregon this in the fall of 2008. Prior to coming to Eugene, she worked for two years as the head athletic trainer at Laguna Creek High School (Elk Grove, Calif.), overseeing the entire program. Noda obtained her BS in exercise science from UC Davis in 2003 after graduating from Yuba City High School (Calif.) in 1996.
Cody Johnson is beginning his third season as the manager of the Oregon women’s basketball team. His main duties include the set up, time management and breakdown of practices and gamedays. On the road, he is responsible for travel gear and assists the Director of Basketball Operations concerning day-to-day procedures. Johnson is a 2007 graduate of New Plymouth High School in Idaho. He was a four-year varsity letterwinner on the track team, and also played four years of basketball and football. He was also the Associated Student Body President for the Pilgrims his senior year, and was the class salutatorian. Currently a sports business major, Johnson is on pace to graduate in June 2011. He hopes to pursue a career in athletic administration after completing his degree.
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