Women's Basketball Announces Coaching Staff Additions
Four-year letterwinner Skye Barnett will remain with the program as a graduate assistant.
Aug. 27, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's basketball coach Julie Rousseau announced the additions of Jordan Smith and Ryan Weisenberg to her staff as assistant coaches today.
Additionally, Rousseau named Asha Jordan as director of basketball operations, while four-year letterwinner Skye Barnett will remain with the program as a graduate assistant.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to work with our new, wonderful young coaches," said Rousseau, who is beginning her ninth season with the Waves. "They are eager to be here and be part of the Pepperdine community of faith. They bring a wealth of knowledge, especially from the pro level, where Jordan played and Ryan coached. They are going to help enhance and improve our program."
Smith was most recently the director of women's basketball operations at her alma mater, New Mexico, between 2008-11. She was an All-Mountain West Conference performer for the Lobos and helped UNM to the Sweet 16 of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Then known as Jordan Adams, she finished as the school's all-time leading shot blocker before graduating in 2003. She was drafted 18th overall in the 2003 WNBA Draft by Minnesota and played one season with the Lynx. She also played with the Canadian National Team, in the NWBL with Portland, and overseas in France, Greece and Korea.
"I'm excited to work for someone who's develops players as people and not just basketball players," Smith said. "Pepperdine has a very tight-knit community and that's something that my husband and I wanted to be part of."
Before joining Pepperdine, Weisenberg served as the head coach and director of basketball operations for the Manawatu Jets in New Zealand from February 2010. Like Rousseau, Weisenberg has experience coaching in the WNBA, both with the Houston Comets as an assistant coach from Marcy 2007 to December 2008, and with the Los Angeles Sparks as the interim head coach and an assistant coach from May 2000 to August 2005. During his time with the Sparks he also worked with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant video coordinator. Weisenberg graduated from Cal Poly in 1997 with a degree in history and earned a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 2002.
"The biggest thing for me was to work for Coach Rousseau, who is one of the best coaches in Southern California," Weisenberg said. "She does things the right way, so I'm excited to join her staff. I'm excited to join the Pepperdine family. You hear so much praise for the faculty, staff and students, and as soon as you step on campus you can see why."
Smith and Weisenberg replace Kristen Dowling and David Johnson, who each left this summer to move up to head coaching positions. Dowling is now at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Johnson is at Langston University.
"I want to thank Kristen and David for their two years of devotion to making this a great program," Rousseau said. "I greatly appreciated their insights and how they mentored and supported our kids. They learned so much and will take that knowledge to their head coaching positions. My prayers go with them on their new assignments."
Jordan spent the 2011-12 season as a volunteer assistant at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.. The Eagles recorded 18 wins, the second-most in school history. In early 2001, she was a special projects intern for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. During the 2009-10 school year, Jordan was an assistant coach at Anderson (S.C.) University. She has a bachelor's degree from Occidental and earned a master's degree in youth development leadership from Clemson in 2001.
Barnett was a three-year starter for the Waves who graduated this past spring with a degree in liberal arts. She played in 101 career games and averaged 5.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals. She earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honorable mention status in 2012. Barnett was Pepperdine's first recipient of the Maurice Hilliard Award in 2012, which goes to a student-athlete that exemplifies the attributes of Christian faith, character and leadership. She will be working on her teaching credential in addition to helping the Waves.
"Asha's experiences have taught her how things should work in a basketball office," Rousseau said. "That set her above our other candidates. She's not far removed from her playing days, and she will come in and relate well to our players. We didn't want Skye to leave too soon because she's such a special person, with such great energy and spirit. She'll see a different perspective this year now that she's not a player."