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Cincinnati, OH 45221
Zachary.Anderson@uc.edu or 513-556-2255.
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.More Info...
Armed with coaching knowledge spanning from the AAU circuit to the Power 5 conference level, Augustin came to Cincinnati after spending last season at Minnesota. In Minneapolis, she helped groom All-Big Ten Second Team honoree Carlie Wagner and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection Kenisha Bell while helping direct the Golden Gophers to a Big Ten Tournament first round win over Penn State.
During summer 2016, Augustin was one of 14 assistant coaches from around the country chosen to participate in Advocates for Athletic Equity’s (AAE) annual “Achieving Coaching Excellence” (ACE) Professional Development Program. The program is recognized as helping to boost the careers of some of the top minority coaches in the college game.
As a student-athlete, Augustin competed at Alabama A&M from 2002-06 where she was a two-time All-SWAC shooting guard and a four-time captain. An injury ended Augustin's subsequent professional playing career after she became the first American to play for KSC-Szekszard in Hungary.More Info...
Equipped with almost two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Benton comes to the Queen City after a brief stint at Valparaiso. Prior to his time at Valpo, he spent three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Duquesne where he helped guide the Dukes to a program-record 28 victories in 2015-16, a season that culminated with a win in the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Benton's Duquesne tenure also included back-to-back WNIT appearances -- including a round of 16 appearance in 2014-15 – as well as three weeks being nationally ranked and an Atlantic 10 regular season conference title in 2015-16.
Before entering the coaching profession, Benton enjoyed an accomplished playing career. He won the 1996 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the top point guard in the country under six feet in height. He also earned the 1996 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in New England. He left Vermont as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,474) and individual single-game scoring record-holder (54). His professional career included time with the Venezuela Punta Fijo (1999) and the Isreal Carmiel (1998).More Info...
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.More Info...
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.More Info...
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.More Info...
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.More Info...