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Trisha Raniewicz joined the Pepperdine women's basketball coaching staff in July 2013 and brings a wealth of coaching experience from the prep to professional ranks. She enters her second year under head coach Ryan Weisenberg heading into the 2014-15 season.
Raniewicz is in her second decade of coaching with this stop in Malibu. A 2003 graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, Raniewicz spent five seasons (2008-13) as the associate head coach at Cerritos College under the direction of legendary head coach Karen Welliver. During her tenure with the Falcons, the team posted a 99-53 overall record (.651) and captured back-to-back league titles in 2009-10.
During her final year at Cerritos, Raniewicz was named Adjunct Professor of the Year - one of just two such honors awarded annually by the college.
"I feel blessed to be here on a campus with such high standards in terms of faith and academics," said Raniewicz at her hiring. "It has been a very positive experience coming in and getting to know the team. This is a group of great young women and I'm looking forward to building the program and getting out there to recruit more student-athletes who represent all the wonderful aspects of Pepperdine University."
Before her stint at Cerritos College, Raniewicz served as head coach at LaSalle High School in Pasadena, Calif., for the 2007-08 season after spending a year as an assistant coach at Menlo College. Raniewicz helped the Oaks to a 25-3 slate in 2006-07 and a No. 7 national ranking. Raniewicz served as an assistant under head coach Ryan Weisenberg at Mater Dei High School for the 2005-06 season and also briefly worked with the future Pepperdine head coach at the WNBA's Houston Comets in 2007, serving as an advance scout/video coordinator.
"Trisha brings a great deal of experience at all levels to the program," Weisenberg said. "Recruiting-wise, she knows Southern California really well and she knows Northern California well. But what I think is the best thing about her is her work ethic. She is not going to be outworked and she brings that enthusiasm that's infectious to all the girls. It was a great hire for me and I've known her for a long time. I feel like she's my right-hand person because she's finishing sentences for me and we work really well together."
Raniewicz began her coaching journey as a graduate assistant at Cal State Fullerton (2003-05) following a successful collegiate playing career. After spending her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure University, Raniewicz transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where she was the team captain her senior year.
A highly decorated prep player at Our Lady of Mercy High in Rochester, N.Y., Raniewicz was selected the Rochester Player of the Year in 1999, while she was also a three-time league Most Valuable Player and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer.