Julie Rousseau
Julie  Rousseau

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Cal State Los Angeles '91


Rousseau Steps Down as Women's Basketball Coach

Julie Rousseau's Pepperdine teams made it to the postseason three times.


Women's Hoops Season Comes to End in Loss to USF

Keitra Wallace scored a season-high 19 points and Kelsey Patrick grabbed 13 rebounds.


Pepperdine Upends Saint Mary's 80-67 on Senior Day

Four Waves Score in Double Figures, Led By Career-High 19 from Ea Shoushtari


Women's Basketball: Pepperdine Downs San Francisco 71-67 in WCC Play

Kelsey Patrick Scores 16; Shay Cooney Williams Adds 15 as Waves Roll Past Dons


Men's Hoops Loses at Home for First Time, 80-77 to Central Michigan

Nikolas Skouen scored 16 points and Jordan Baker nearly had a triple-double.


Waves vs. Brigham Young (2/16/12)

Pepperdine took on Brigham Young Saturday, Feb. 16 at Firestone Fieldhouse and dropped a 67-44 decision.


Women's Basketball vs. Gonzaga

Women's Basketball vs. Gonzaga - Jan. 24, 2013


Pepperdine vs. No. 17 UCLA

Pepperdine hosted No. 17 UCLA in its final non-conference game of the 2012-13 season.


Pepperdine vs. Wyoming - 11/24/12

Pepperdine vs. Wyoming in championship game of 2012 Thanksgiving Classic. Photos by Martin Folb


Women's Basketball vs. Saint Mary's (2/25/2012)

Pepperdine celebrated Senior Day prior to its game against the Gaels. Photos by Martin A. Folb.

Julie Rousseau Career Records Get Acrobat Reader

The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women's basketball history, Julie Rousseau served the Waves' program for nine seasons between 2004-05 and 2012-13.

Rousseau had an overall record of 123-144 (.461) at Pepperdine and her teams made three postseason appearances.

Rousseau took Pepperdine to the NCAA Tournament faster than any women's basketball coach in school history, accomplishing the feat in just her second season at the helm. As the fourth seed in the 2006 WCC Tournament, her squad tied a conference record as the lowest-seeded team to win the title and earn an automatic bid to "the Dance."

After beating top-seeded Santa Clara in the championship game and earning an unexpected spot in the NCAA Tournament, the 15th-seeded Waves were matched up against second-seeded Oklahoma at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

During Rousseau's nine seasons, the Waves had 10 All-WCC first team selections, seven WCC All-Freshman team members, six WCC All-Tournament honorees and 11 WCC All-Academic selections. Under her guidance, Daphanie Kennedy led the conference in scoring in 2007-08 (22.0 points in WCC games only).

The 2009-10 Pepperdine squad went 20-12 overall, reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2002-03. The Waves went 9-5 and finished third in the WCC's regular season for the second straight year, but reached the final of the WCC Tournament. Pepperdine's success was rewarded with a spot in the Women's NIT, though the Waves lost a close first-round battle at Brigham Young.

The Waves were invited to the WNIT for a second straight year following a 2010-11 campaign in which they finished 18-12 and third in the WCC at 9-5. The team set a program record of lowest turnover average, as it committed only 14.4 turnovers per game while forcing opponents into 22.4. The Waves' +8.0 turnover margin and 12.8 steals per game were both tops in the WCC and ranked among the national leaders.

Rousseau holds the distinction of being the only Pepperdine coach to win his or her first conference game, as the Waves defeated San Diego on the road, 78-56, on Jan. 6, 2005. The Waves have won at least one game in five of eight WCC Tournament appearances under Rousseau and are 8-7 at the event.

She won her 100th game at Pepperdine on Feb. 3, 2011, following a 69-48 Waves' victory at Firestone Fieldhouse vs. Saint Mary's.

During summer 2009, Rousseau was an assistant coach on the USA women's basketball squad that went undefeated and won a gold medal at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. She coached some of the best collegiate talent in the country and was assigned defensive and post player responsibilities by head coach Charli Turner-Thorne.

Rousseau was hired on May 7, 2004, after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach on Tara VanDerveer's staff at Stanford. She replaced Mark Trakh, who left Pepperdine after 11 seasons to take the helm at USC.

During Rousseau's four years at Stanford, the Cardinal compiled an overall record of 105-26 (.801), finished first in the Pacific-10 Conference each year while recording a 59-13 league mark (.819) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years. That included a spot in the Elite Eight in 2004. During her time at Stanford, Rousseau was involved in recruiting, conditioning and scouting.

Rousseau was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks' organization from May 1997 to July 1998. She served as an assistant coach and interim head coach before being promoted to head coach in December 1997.

Prior to her time in the WNBA, she was the head coach at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles from 1992-97. She led the Lady Generals to postseason appearances in each of her five seasons, and came away with the L.A. City championship in 1996. She was awarded the Budget "Coach of the Year" Award, presented by The Women's Sports Foundation, in 1997.

At George Washington, Rousseau began as an assistant with the girls' varsity team as well as the head coach of the boys' freshman/sophomore teams.

She has been involved in numerous summer leagues and camps, including Hoopin' with Jamila and the Michael Jordan Camp.

Rousseau played one season at UC Irvine and later graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1991 with a degree in education.

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