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Molly Goodenbour, a two-time national champion at Stanford who has 12 years of head coaching experience on the collegiate level, was named head womens basketball coach at the University of San Francisco on Sept. 28, 2016.
Goodenbour succeeds Jennifer Azzi, who resigned her position on Sept. 15 after guiding the Dons for the last six seasons. She becomes the ninth head coach in the programs history, which dates back to the 1976-77 season. This marks Goodenbours third coaching stint on the Hilltop, where she served as an assistant coach with the Dons during the 1994-95 and 2005-06 seasons.
Goodenbour comes to USF from Cal State-East Bay, where she was named head coach in June of 2016. She has previous heading coaching experience at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State-Chico, UC Irvine and Cal-State Dominguez Hills. Her overall career record, including two seasons at Santa Rosa JC, stands at 222-142 (.610).
Linda Lappe, who served as the head coach at the University of Colorado for the past six seasons, was named associate head coach on Oct. 18.
During Lappes time in Boulder, the Buffaloes compiled a (98-69) overall record, made one NCAA Tournament appearance (2013) and three Postseason WNIT showings (2011-12; 14) from 2010-16. Colorado held a spot in the Associated Press national rankings for 25 consecutive weeks from Dec. 12, 2012 to Jan. 13, 2014 and climbed as high as No. 11 in the nation during the 2013-14 season. Her 2015 recruiting class was ranked as the 23rd best in the nation according to ProspectsNation.com while the 2013 class was rated 27th nationally by ESPNs HoopGurlz.
Among her 105 victories in Boulder were four wins over ranked opponents, including two against top-10 foes. In 2014-15, the Buffaloes pulled off the biggest upset in Pac-12 Tournament history when they knocked off top-seeded and eighth-ranked Oregon State in a quarterfinal matchup.
Janell Jones, who held head coaching positions at five institutions, was named USFs associate head womens basketball coach on Oct. 24.
Jones arrives on the Hilltop from Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she served as new USF womens coach Molly Goodenbours top assistant for 2015-16 season when the Toros earned a share of the California Collegiate Athletic Associations regular season championship. She was named the Toros head coach on July 29 after Goodenbour accepted the head coaching position at Cal State-East Bay.
She also held head coaching positions at Cal State-Los Angeles, Mercer, UC San Diego and Oklahoma City. Her career head coaching record stands at 333-133 (.715).
Natasha Smith, a standout player at Cal State-Chico and former assistant coach at three institutions, was named assistant womens basketball coach at USF in November of 2016.
Smith spent last season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Oregon University where she helped the Raiders to a 33-2 record and an appearance in the NAIA Division II championship game. Southern Oregon won the Cascade Conference regular season and tournament championships and were the second-highest scoring team in NAIA Division II with an 86.2 point per game scoring mark. Smith worked closely with first team All-America Ashley Claussen and honorable mention All-America Carly Meister and headed up the Raiders defense which ranked No. 2 in the country in steals, sixth in rebounding and 18th in blocked shots. She also directed the academic supervision of the team which produced eight players who earned academic all-conference honors.
Prior to her appointment at Southern Oregon, Smith served as an assistant on Goodenbours staff at Cal State-Dominguez Hills for two seasons (2013-15). She helped the Toros compile a 46-17 record in her two seasons on the Carson campus, which included the 2015 CCAA regular season and conference tournament championships along with berths into the 2014 and 15 NCAA Division II Championship tournament.
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