Waves Welcome Pair of Assistants

Waves 2013-14 coaching staff strikes a pose

July 8, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s basketball welcomes Trisha Raniewicz and Mallorie Winn to Malibu as announced today by head coach Ryan Weisenberg. Both add diverse coaching experience to the program and look to make an impact for the Waves during the 2013-14 season.

“We are really excited about this coaching staff as a whole,” Weisenberg said. “All of them will do a phenomenal job of developing players and putting them in a position to succeed on the court and in the classroom. Coach Trisha is going to be great for our perimeter players and will really make them work. Coach Mallorie is a point guard which is going to directly affect our team because she’s going to be able to work with them every day and really guide them to be the team leaders that we need them to be. Finally, Jordan (Adams) brings a ton of experience as a hall of fame player and is a perfect fit for Pepperdine.”

Raniewicz is set to enter her second decade of coaching with this stop in Malibu. A 2003 graduate of CSU San Bernardino, Raniewicz spent the last five seasons 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), capturing 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, Raniewicz said. “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 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 Weisenberg at Mater Dei High School for the 2005-06 season and also briefly worked with the future Waves head coach at the WNBA’s Houston Comets in 2007, serving as an advanced 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 the coaching journey as a graduate assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton (2003-05), following a successful collegiate playing career. After spending her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, 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, NY, 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.

Winn returns to the west coast for her second Division I coaching assignment after spending the previous three seasons on the staff of head coach Agnus Berenato at Pittsburgh, where she turned in a standout playing career. Winn helped the Panthers land a top-20 recruiting class in her first season in the Steel City and worked with three perimeter players earning All-Big East accolades.

“Mallorie brings ACC and Big East experience as a recruiter and as a player,” Weisenberg said. “She’s going to be our recruiting coordinator which will be huge for us. She has the drive for it and will help us extend our reach. She’s done a phenomenal job so far with a number of high-level girls on campus.”

A standout player at Pitt, Winn served as an integral part of the rise of the women’s basketball program, helping the team to three consecutive postseason appearances. Despite suffering a season-ending injury just prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, Winn was a key contributor from the bench before returning the following season to be a part of the run to the first Sweet 16 in Pitt history. 

“I am very excited to join a new staff that brings experience from diverse backgrounds,” Winn said. “We are strongly committed to Pepperdine's mission of fostering personal growth while excelling academically and athletically. Coach Weisenberg's experience at all levels of the game will undoubtedly propel Pepperdine Women's Basketball into a new and exciting chapter. I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing team and community.”

During the 2005-06 campaign – the first of four consecutive 20-win seasons for the Panthers – Winn tallied a team-high 131 assists and earned All-Big East Second Team honors while serving as team captain. After helping lead the Panthers to the semifinals of the WNIT, Winn earned All-WNIT Tournament Team honors. She also finished her career ranking 12th in assists (252) in only two-plus seasons. 

Winn was a standout point guard with the Panthers from 2005-08 after transferring from Georgia Tech. She led the team in assists both seasons she played and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark during her final season at Pitt and finished with 1,028 in her career (812 points at Pitt) and departed campus ranked 16th in career scoring for the Panthers.

Before returning to her alma mater, Winn served as a volunteer assistant at Saddleback College (Calif.) during the 2009-10 season while serving as a coach and individual trainer with the 80/20 basketball organization, providing instruction to boys and girls aged 7-16. 

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