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Jamelle Elliott Basketball Camp

Attn: Zach Anderson
2751 O'Varsity Way, Suite 670
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Zachary.Anderson@uc.edu or 513-556-2255.

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Join Jamelle Elliott and her Staff as they share over 30 years of combined coaching experience with you!

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Staff

Jamelle Elliott
Head Coach

Jamelle Elliott, a former student-athlete and assistant coach at UConn, was named the University of Cincinnati's eighth head women's basketball coach on May 5, 2009. She coached her seventh season at UC in 2015-16.

Most recently, Elliott was a member of USA Basketball’s Women’s National Team staff as a court coach and advance scout. The team won its sixth-consecutive Olympic Gold Medal this summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Playing against top-10 teams on four occasions throughout the season, UC began 2015-16 strong with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2011. In the Bearcats’ fast start to the year, they set a new single-game scoring record under Elliott with 93 points against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the season opener.

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Tasha Brown
Assistant Coach

Tasha Brown enters her fifth season as an assistant for the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball program in 2016-17.

With more than two decades of coaching experience, Brown has made eight postseason appearances and helped develop 13 all-conference award winners and ten professional players.

Brown came to UC from Western Michigan University where during four seasons as the head coach she produced an All-Mid-American Conference selection and Academic All-MAC honoree each year.

Prior to Western Michigan, Brown served as an assistant at Wisconsin from 2005-08, where she helped develop perimeter players and assisted with recruiting.

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Kia Damon
Assistant Coach

A coaching veteran of nearly 20 years, Kia Damon came onboard the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball coaching staff in July 2016 as an assistant.

Damon arrived at UC after spending the past nine years as an assistant at Penn State. Prior to her time in State College, Pennsylvania, she coached five years at the University of Massachusetts following three seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson. Damon got her coaching start at Green Bay in 1997.

At PSU, she served as the Lady Lions' offensive coordinator, coached the wings, played a vital role in opponent scouting and was the team’s recruiting coordinator. Damon was also the architect in helping Penn State lead the Big Ten in scoring two of the last four seasons including helping the Lady Lions pace the nation in three-point shooting in 2011. In addition, she helped develop three All-Big Ten selections during her tenure including Tyra Grant and Kam Gissendanner who went on to play in the WNBA.

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Geoff Lanier
Assistant Coach

Equipped with over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Geoff Lanier joined the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant in May 2016.

Lanier came to Cincinnati after spending four seasons as an assistant at Kent State. In total, he boasts 22 years of collegiate coaching experience at various levels. At UC, he serves as recruiting coordinator as well as engages in scouting, game preparation and player development, among other duties.

Coaching the post players at Kent State, Lanier also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator. His recruiting efforts yielded the signing of 16 players in his first 18 months on the job as well as a top-three Mid-American Conference (MAC) class in 2014. He also oversaw the development of four all-conference selections during his tenure.

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Dana Rieger
Director of Basketball Operations

A veteran of 20 years of athletics administration, Dana Rieger followed Jamelle Elliott from Connecticut to serve as the Director of Basketball Operations. Rieger has experience in coaching, sales, marketing, development, alumni relations, compliance, event planning, and administrative duties.

Prior to arriving at UC, Rieger spent four seasons at UConn, first as an Assistant Director of Development and most recently as the Executive Assistant of the Director of Athletics.

Prior to UConn, Rieger spent a season at the University of Hartford as Assistant Athletics Director/External Relations where she was responsible for sponsorship, ticket sales, licensing, supervision of Hartford's sports information and ticket office staffs, and administration of pep band, cheerleading, and dance team activities.

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Zach Anderson
Video Coordinator

Zachary L. Anderson was promoted to the Video Coordinator position in August 2015.

In his current role, Anderson oversees all aspects of the women’s basketball video operations, including communication with opposing teams, scout film distribution, social media multimedia creation, and video acquisition/cataloging.

Anderson joined the coaching staff after five years in a managerial role and one year as the staff’s graduate manager. He is a Cincinnati native with Bearcats roots that run four generations deep starting with his great-grandfather, Jacob Cholak, a Russian immigrant, who was a university chemistry professor.

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Hannah Gentry
Director of Player Development

Hannah Gentry joined the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball staff in October 2016 as Director of Player Development.

For the past two years, Gentry attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas on an academic scholarship and served as team manager with the Aggie women’s basketball program. In the position, she was responsible for many diverse player-development activities including team community involvement, student-athlete academic monitoring, and practice and game operations.

Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Gentry was a student assistant with the John Brown University women’s basketball team in Arkansas during her sophomore year and, as a freshman, was a student-athlete in both basketball and volleyball at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago. Throughout her college career, Gentry was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society.

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