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Women's Basketball Coach Julie Rousseau Names First Two Assistants


 
 

June 2, 2004

MALIBU, Calif. -- Cal State San Bernardino assistant coach David Johnson and former WNBA





I believe that our staff will be great examples for our student-athletes to follow. We will prepare our players to be successful students-athletes who graduate and are ready to make positive contributions to our community." Julie Rousseau, Pepperdine Head Coach

standout Kate Paye have been announced as assistant coaches for the Pepperdine women's basketball team, new head coach Julie Rousseau announced today.

The third and final coaching assistant will be named later this week.

"I am blessed to have a great group of coaches to work with," said Rousseau, who was hired last month. "I believe that our staff will be great examples for our student-athletes to follow. We will prepare our players to be successful students-athletes who graduate and are ready to make positive contributions to our community."

Dave Johnson leaves the Inland Empire for Malibu


David Johnson joins the Waves program after spending three seasons as the top assistant to Kevin Becker at CSUSB where he compiled a 41-40 overall record (.506 winning percentage) with the Coyotes. Prior to his Division II stint, he was the head coach for two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College, guiding the Wolverines to a 27-9 season and the Foothill Conference championship in 2000-01. Johnson previously coached at Washington High School in Los Angeles (1991-98) and led the team to two league championships and two appearances in the CIF sectional finals. He is a 1989 graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in physical education and health science. He and his wife, Carol, have three daughters, Chauntyle, Bobbie and Detrice.

"We are very excited to have David as a member of our coaching staff. He brings exceptional teaching and motivational skills to our program and is very familiar with the talent pool in the Southern California area."

"David has demonstrated excellence in every coaching experience. He turned around a dubious program at San Bernardino Valley College and made a strong impact as an assistant at CSUSB over the last three seasons. He is a very hard worker and our program and players will benefit from his wealth of basketball knowledge."

Kate Paye, a 1992 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champion while playing at Stanford University, spent three seasons playing in the WNBA (2000, 2001, 2002), remarkably earning her law and MBA degree along the way. In the spring of 2003, she graduated from Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After spending a year in the corporate world practicing law, Paye soon realized her passion remained with women's basketball and Rousseau quickly added her to the Pepperdine coaching staff.

"Kate is an extraordinary recruiter and we look forward to the impact that she will make to this program," commented Rousseau. "I believe that she brings a myriad of talent that is beneficial to our program. Alum of Stanford University, an NCAA Champion, and six years of professional experience allows Kate to identify and teach our players the competitiveness that has made her successful in all facets of her life. We are extremely excited about the hiring of Kate."

Paye, who ranked No. 17 in assists (3.0 apg) during the 2001 WNBA season, played three seasons in the now defunct ABL for the Seattle Reign (1996-97 through 1998-99). A 1995 Stanford graduate, she led the Cardinal in assists her final two seasons, earning All-Pac 10 honorable mention and First Team All-Academic honors.

Paye served as an assistant coach at San Diego State during the 1995-96 season.

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