The Waves will be heading into their first season under the direction of Head Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones next year.
Milton-Jones is the seventh head coach in program history.
Milton-Jones posted one of the longest and most decorated careers in WNBA history.
WNBA Legend and two-time Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones was promoted to head coach of the Pepperdine women's basketball team on March 29, 2017, becoming the seventh head coach in program history.
“DeLisha had an amazing collegiate, professional and Olympic basketball career,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts. “She is a natural-born leader and has an unparalleled passion for the game. DeLisha's commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission, to the academic well-being of student-athletes and to building a championship caliber women's basketball program make her a perfect fit for us.”
The WNBA legend has won two Olympic gold medals and set the WNBA career record for games played with 499. She was drafted into the league in 1999 after playing one year in the ABL. Milton-Jones ended her career with the ninth most points scored in WNBA history, compiling 5,571 points during her nearly two decades in the league. She left the WNBA with the sixth most rebounds (2,574), fifth most steals (619) and 15th most blocks (339).
“I first and foremost want to thank God for this wonderful opportunity,” said Milton-Jones. “I also want to thank President Benton, Dr. Steve Potts and Karina Herold for entrusting me with such a prestigious honor of being captain of this ship. I am honored and excited to be the person to take this program to new heights.”
During her playing days, she was named to three WNBA All-Star teams and helped the Los Angeles Sparks win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds over her 17-season WNBA career.
Milton-Jones also played a host of games with the United States national team, winning her aforementioned gold medals at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. She also won a pair of FIBA World Championships with Team USA (1998 and 2002) and a 2007 Tournament of the America’s title.
Prior to her time in the professional ranks, she played four collegiate seasons at Florida, earning SEC Player of the Year as a senior in 1997. Milton-Jones also took home the Wade Trophy and the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top player that same season. She was a first-team All-American and a two-time All-SEC honoree, leading the Gators to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Milton-Jones also spent time playing overseas, competing in Ekateringurg, Russia; Parma, Italy; Barcelona and Valencia, Spain; Prague and Brno, Czech Republic; Tarsus, Turkey and Seoul, South Korea. She is a two-time Euro League champion and ranked third for most points scored in Euro League history. Milton-Jones played a total of 16 years abroad, in which she was named the best foreign player twice and league MVP for numerous countries.
“The same tenacity I played with as a player and the leadership I displayed while playing are the main characteristics of excellence I want to bring with me to Pepperdine,” said Milton-Jones at the time of her hiring. “I have an intense love of the game that I truly want to become contagious within this program.”
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Roland.
Full Career Highlights:
1996-97 Wade Trophy recipient, the SEC Player of the Year and a Kodak and AP All-America
Pariticipated in four NCAA Tournaments and advanced once to Elite Eight
USA National Team -98, 02, 06-08
World Championships in Berlin (Germany) -98 (Champion)
WNBA All-Star Game -00, 04
Member of the U.S. National Team participating in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
WNBA Champion -01, 02
World Championships in China -02 (Champion)
Euroleague Champion -03
Russian Champion -03
Korean WKBL Regular Season Runner-Up -05
Korean WKBL Semifinals -05
Euroleague All-Star Game -06, 07, 08, 10
Euroleague Champion -06
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Import Player of the Year -06
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team -06
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague All-Imports Team -06
Czech Republic D1 Regular Season Champion -06, 12
Czech Republic D1 Champion -06, 11, 12
WNBA Quarterfinals -06, 10
Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -06, 07, 08, 09
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year 2009
Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team 2007
Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2006, 2009
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Center of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -07, 10
Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -07, 10
Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -07, 08, 09, 10
Spanish LFB Champion -07, 08, 09, 10
World Championships in Sao Paulo (Brazil) -06 (Bronze)
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Import Player of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 1st Team -07, 10
Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team -07, 09, 10
Tournament of the Americas -07 (Champion): 5 games: 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 60.0%
Euroleague Quarterfinals -08, 09
Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08 (Champion): 7 games: 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg
WNBA Semifinals -08, 09, 12
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -09, 11
Spanish LFB Cup Winner -09, 10 (MVP)
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -09
Euroleague Finalist -10
Czech Republic D1 Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Forward of the Year -11, 12
Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Import Player of the Year -11, 12
Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 1st Team -11, 12
Czech Republic Cup Winner -12
Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic D1 Player of the Year -12
Eurobasket.com Czech Republic D1 All-Imports Team -12
WNBA Western Conference Regular Season Runner-Up -12
WNBA Western Conference Finalist -12
Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -13
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Forward of the Year -14
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team -14
Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -14
WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award -15