1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

New Women's Basketball Coach JR Payne

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    80,611
    Likes Received:
    16,241
    Email from the AD today:

    Dear Women's Basketball Season Ticket Holders,

    As a valued member supporter of Colorado Women's Basketball, our athletic director Rick George would like to extend a personal invitation to you to join us as we introduce our new Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

    Today, Monday, March 28, we will host a meet and greet with our new coach at 2 p.m. in the lower gym at the Coors Events Center. We would love for you to join us! Parking is available in the surrounding metered lots and street. Please enter the buliding at the entrance located off Regent Drive.

    Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to having you join us for this special event. Please see the official announcement below.

    PAYNE NAMED CU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

    BOULDER – JR Payne, who led Santa Clara University to its first winning record since 2008, has been named the eighth head women’s basketball coach in University of Colorado history, athletic director Rick George announced Monday.

    She has signed a five-year contract and the hire will become official pending approval of CU’s Board of Regents, as is the case with all high-profile campus positions.

    “There was a lot of interest in the position, which confirmed this is viewed as one of the top coaching jobs in women’s basketball,” George said. “After interviewing JR and hearing from several coaches that have worked with her, she rose to the top and we’re excited to name her as our head coach.”

    Payne, 38, replaces CU’s coach for the past six seasons, Linda Lappe, who stepped down from the post on March 7.

    "I am thrilled and honored to be the next women's basketball coach at the University of Colorado,” Payne said. “There is such a rich tradition within the women's basketball program that I cannot wait to immerse myself in. CU is unique in the landscape of college basketball in that it combines a world class education with world class athletics. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be here in Boulder and cannot wait to get started".

    Santa Clara was 23-9 this past winter, tying for third in the West Coast Conference with a 13-5 league mark. The Broncos’ season ended with a 59-53 loss at Fresno State in the first round of the Women’s NIT, the school’s first postseason appearance in 10 seasons. SCU was down by 11 at one point but rallied to tie the game at 52-all with just under four minutes to go before falling to the Bulldogs.

    One of the wins included a 61-58 victory at No. 13 Stanford, Santa Clara’s first win at its Bay Area rival in 32 years; it was the second win on what would become a 12-game winning streak. It was just one of seven regular season setbacks for the Cardinal, who advanced to the Elite Eight. The Broncos defeated Gonzaga, 59-58, in the quarterfinal round of the WCC tourney before falling in the semifinals to BYU, an eventual No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.

    The Broncos were one of the nation’s top defensive teams, allowing opponents just 37 percent shooting (40th in the NCAA) and 58.4 points per game (54th), while forcing 21.7 turnovers (sixth) and averaging 12.6 steals (third); Santa Clara was also 29th in rebound margin (+7.2).

    In two seasons at Santa Clara, she compiled a 34-27 overall record. Her first team upset Louisiana State, 69-67, the school’s first win over a Southeastern Conference school in 18 years, and advanced to the second round of the WCC tournament.

    Her first head coaching position was at Southern Utah University (Cedar City), where in five seasons, the Thunderbirds posted a 67-86 record, including a 23-10 mark in 2013-14 that set a school record for wins. That team was also 15-5 in league play, earning a share of the Big Sky Conference’s regular season title, and earned SUU’s first-ever invitation to postseason play, the women’s NIT.

    Southern Utah won its first round game at Colorado State, 71-56, before succumbing in the second round – 79-68 at Colorado; the Buffs also defeated Payne’s T-Birds during the regular season in Boulder, 75-59, the first and only time she coached a game in CU’s Coors Events Center.

    That SUU team set four major school records, including points scored (2,454), field goals made (830) and free throws made (629) and attempted (839); the 74.1 scoring average was the second-best by a Southern Utah team. Her top performer, Hailey Mandelko earned first-team All-Big Sky honors as a junior and senior and was also on the postseason All-Tournament team her final year there.

    She helped Southern Utah transition from the Summit League into the Big Sky Conference for the 2012-13 season, piloting the Thunderbirds to a 15-16 overall record and a 9-11 mark in league play.

    Her second SUU team in 2010-11 finished with a 16-14 record, the school’s first winning season in seven years, and more than doubling the win count in her first season when the Thunderbirds were 7-23 (SUU had just 24 wins in the three seasons before her arrival). The senior-led Thunderbirds were 10-8 in Summit League play, with forward Challis Pascucci earning first-team All-League honors. Her third SUU team was 6-23, but reflected her most youthful squad in her coaching career, with no seniors and just two juniors, but formed the nucleus for the T-Birds success two years later.

    Payne determined that coaching was going to be her career path after graduating from St. Mary’s (Calif.) in 1999 with a degree in French. Her first position was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Gonzaga under one of her college head coaches, Kelly Graves, where she would spend five seasons (2000-01 through 2004-05). Gonzaga went from 5-23 in her first season there to a 28-4 mark in her last, which included a 14-0 mark in the WCC. During her time there, she helped recruit Gonzaga’s first All-American, guard Shannon Mathews as well as help the Bulldogs to their first postseason appearance in 10 years with back-to-back invites to the NIT.

    She then moved on to Boise State under new head coach Gordy Presnell for the three seasons (2005-06 through 2007-08); Presnell had replaced a former CU letterwinner, Jen Warden. Together they turned around the fortunes of the Broncos, leading them to a pair of postseason berths, one being the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 seasons in 2007. BSU was 15-15 in her first season, but then posted 24-9 and 24-8 records in winning two Western Athletic Conference titles.

    Payne would then go on to serve as the top assistant coach at Santa Clara for the 2008-09 season under Jennifer Mountain. That team had its struggles in going 4-27, and she would eventually replace Mountain as the Broncos’ head coach six years later.

    Overall in 16 years as an assistant and head coach, she has been a part of four conference championships and six postseason appearances. She has helped coach two All-Americans, three conference players of the year, 34 All-Conference players and 31 All-Academic team members.

    She was born in Jackson, Tenn., but her family moved to North Vancouver, B.C., when she was a toddler. She graduated from North Vancouver’s Windsor Secondary School where she started in basketball, earning a scholarship to St. Mary’s (Calif.).

    Payne earned four letters at St. Mary’s, helping the Gaels to a 26-7 record and their first-ever trip in school history to the NCAA tournament as a senior in 1998-99. The former point guard led the team in assists that season with 131, and still ranks on the school’s all-time top 10 lists for both assists (291, seventh) and steals (137, ninth). She was an All-West Coast Conference first-team performer as a senior and was selected to the WCC All-Tournament Team as a junior and senior, when St. Mary’s won both postseason tournaments. She played under two coaches in her time there, Terri Rubenstein for two seasons and Kelly Graves, now the head coach at Oregon for her last two, with the Gaels posting a 79-38 record with her as a player.

    The Story Behind Her First Name: “JR” is nowhere close to her real name; her birth name is Ali-Marie. “When I was two, I was always fighting with my older brother. My Dad used to watch Dallas and J.R. Ewing was a tough guy, so he started calling me J.R. It’s just stuck through the years though you’ll find I’m not anywhere as mean as the character on television.” She doesn’t use periods, however, and goes by “JR.”
     
    TDforTD likes this.
  2. J.R. Ewing

    J.R. Ewing Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2011
    Messages:
    13,855
    Likes Received:
    3,594
    I approve of the name.
     
  3. CitizenKane

    CitizenKane Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2013
    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    358
    [​IMG]
    And she has coached at the keg before.
     
  4. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    I am sure there is discussion of this in another thread, but I figured she deserved her own.



    [​IMG]

    2015-2016 @ Santa Clara: 23-9 (W at #13 Stanford, First round loss in WNIT)
    2014-2015 @ Santa Clara: 11-18
    2013-2014 Santa Clara, prior to JR Payne: 10-20

    2013-2014 @ Southern Utah (Big Sky) 23-10 (Second round loss in WNIT)
    2012-2013 @ Southern Utah (Big Sky) 15-16
    2011-2012 @ Southern Utah (Summit) 6-23
    2010-2011 @ Southern Utah (Summit) 16-14
    2009-2010 @ Southern Utah (Summit) 7-23
    2008-2009 Southern Utah, prior JR Payne: 9-20




     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
    JackVcr likes this.
  5. J.R. Ewing

    J.R. Ewing Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2011
    Messages:
    13,855
    Likes Received:
    3,594
    Wait a minute. She's married to an assistant coach on her squad?!?
     
  6. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    In 2010-11 She took her team to its first winning season since 2003 with a roster that had 3 seniors and 10 underclassmen.
    In 2013-14 She took SUU to the postseason for the first time ever as far as I can tell

    In 2015-2016, she took Santa Clara to its first winning record since 2008 and the first WNIT appearance since the 05-06 season.

    She seems to be a pretty good builder, so I would not expect an immediate impact in the W/L department. However, she does have a higher baseline of talent than at any other of her stops so she could surprise.

    A solid hire, but not as flashy as I was expecting. Also, her name is going to generate some allsome hashtags.

    #BringThePayne
    #PayneTrain
    #NoPayneNoGain
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
    JackVcr, Flatiron and Gary Indiana like this.
  7. jsmilkst

    jsmilkst Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    464
    Likes Received:
    368
    Welcome Coach Payne!
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    80,611
    Likes Received:
    16,241
    Looking at the places where he coached prior to Santa Clara, it looks like he and JR probably fell for each other while they were assistants together.

    [​IMG]
    Toriano Towns enters his fifth season as associate head coach for the Thunderbirds. Towns serves as SUU’s recruiting and defensive coordinator, assists with the planning of practice sessions, conditioning, scouting, and also works with the Thunderbird post players.

    During his first four seasons with the Thunderbirds, Towns helped forward Challis Pascucci develop into one of the premiere low post players in the Summit League. After the 2009-10 season Pascucci earned All-Summit League second team honors after leading the conference in rebounding and tied for the lead in blocked shots. She also set the SUU single-season record for total rebounds with 291 and her 46 blocks were the fifth most in SUU single-season history. Pascucci earned a spot on the All-Summit League first team after finishing third in the conference in scoring (17.7 PPG), second in rebounding (9.7 RPG) and sixth in blocks (23). Pascucci finished the 2011 season as the Thunderbirds all-time leader in career rebounds (929) and fourth in scoring (1,328).

    Towns joined Southern Utah after spending four years at Boise State University as the Broncos defensive coordinator. During his time at BSU, the Broncos won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships, earned a trip to the NCAA tournament, advanced to the second round of the WNIT tournament, had a pair of First Team All-WAC guards and set numerous offensive and defensive school records.

    Prior to Boise State, Towns spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats record a 20-win season and a post a first round NCAA Tournament victory against the University of Oklahoma. Towns played a major role in recruiting and scouting at Arizona. He worked with the Wildcat post players, assisting with the development of Shawntinice Polk who became one of the country’s most decorated post players being named to the Kodak/WBCA All-American team, first-team All-Pac-10 team, and Kodak/WBCA all-Region 8 team.

    Towns’ coaching career began at Gonzaga University where he served as an assistant for three seasons. At Gonzaga, Towns was responsible for post player development, where he coached five All-West Coast Conference performers along with holding responsibility for scouting and game preparation. He also served as the co-recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs. During his time at Gonzaga, he helped orchestrate the second-best turnaround in WCC history as the Bulldogs went from eighth in 2002-03 to second place in 2003-04, posting an 18-12 overall record. That team advanced to its second-ever Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

    Towns earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint Mary’s College in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

    “Toriano has been a great addition to Southern Utah women’s basketball,” head coach JR Payne said. “He’s a proven recruiter on a national scale and will continue to elevate our recruiting to a new level. Toriano is a fierce competitor on the court and is extremely passionate about the growth and development of our student-athletes, not only as players but also as people. He is great resource that will continue to contribute in the building SUU women’s basketball.”

    http://www.suutbirds.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=20100&ATCLID=3748796
     
  9. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    Sounds like she loves defense about as much as Tad does.
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  10. J.R. Ewing

    J.R. Ewing Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2011
    Messages:
    13,855
    Likes Received:
    3,594
    Looks like they were both at St Mary's at the same time as students?
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  11. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    80,611
    Likes Received:
    16,241
    And based on the steal numbers, I'd expect more of a high pressure style.
     
    JackVcr and buffgal like this.
  12. Buff_nc

    Buff_nc Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    43
    Yes, she seems married to it.
     
    JackVcr and Darth Snow like this.
  13. dply

    dply Doble hoja Club Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Messages:
    20,382
    Likes Received:
    2,470
    I'll wait till 1am to see how RWAG is feeling about this.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  14. PAHIBuff

    PAHIBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    357
    A lot of Santa Clara, Gonzaga, and St. Mary's history between the two of them. Maybe the WBB recruiting will shift a bit towards California, with all of this WCC background. They probably know it well.
     
  15. BlackNGold

    BlackNGold Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    4,491
    Likes Received:
    605
    I don't know anything about her. I was hoping for someone who had a little more experience at a high level - especially in the area of recruiting. I hope she has the what it takes to succeed at this level.
     
  16. Sykobuff

    Sykobuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2015
    Messages:
    3,387
    Likes Received:
    918
    If she can't recruit, the hire is moot.
     
    Buffenuf and ZandiBuff like this.
  17. buffgal

    buffgal Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    3,026
    Likes Received:
    467
    Her Santa Clara team beat Stanford there this season, something Colorado has never done.

    Now that it is done, I wish Coach Payne much success. Her first and most important job right now is to keep Kennedy Leonard, Alexis Robinson, Mackenzie Ellis and Monica Burich at CU.

    Wish I lived in Colorado so I could attend the press conference.
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  18. Buffenuf

    Buffenuf massive tool

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Messages:
    2,575
    Likes Received:
    299
    Wow! They move you AWAY from the batteries and your brain momentarily clears up for good stuff like this!
     
    Sykobuff likes this.
  19. BeBe

    BeBe Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,917
    Likes Received:
    443
    Oregon HC likes this hire. JR was an assistant to Graves at Gonzaga and he also was her coach for 2 of her playing years at St. Marys.
     
    JackVcr, buffgal, Goose and 1 other person like this.
  20. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2013
    Messages:
    4,619
    Likes Received:
    1,299
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
    JackVcr likes this.
  21. jsmilkst

    jsmilkst Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    464
    Likes Received:
    368
    bah, my wireless headphones died as soon as she started talking. Technology, man
     
  22. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2013
    Messages:
    4,619
    Likes Received:
    1,299
  23. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    Very charismatic.
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  24. CUFan

    CUFan Welcome back Club Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Messages:
    6,956
    Likes Received:
    464
    This sure seems like a bit of an issue to me. Makes for a very strange dynamic in the workplace. And it really doesn't matter whether Toriano is experienced, an awesome assistant, whatever.

    PS I suppose there are ways to work around the issue, but seems difficult at best.
     
  25. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    Has made an effort to single out how special Kennedy is. Definitely trying to hold on to her.
     
    buffgal and Goose like this.
  26. jsmilkst

    jsmilkst Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    464
    Likes Received:
    368
    Yup, mentioned her a couple times. And how well she fits the system.
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  27. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2005
    Messages:
    58,446
    Likes Received:
    4,667
    Coors Events Center - The House of Payne. I like it.
     
    JackVcr, Jalapeno, buffgal and 3 others like this.
  28. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    She addressed this in the press conference. Said that they have players and recruits and former colleagues that were initially unaware that they were married. Basically said they aren't a married couple when it comes to being on the court. Obviously she has to say this but I am confident the dynamic will work out.
     
    JackVcr and buffgal like this.
  29. jsmilkst

    jsmilkst Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    464
    Likes Received:
    368
    Happy wife, happy life. He'll do everything he can to make this a winning program, so he doesn't have to sleep on the couch.
     
    JackVcr likes this.
  30. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    16,819
    Likes Received:
    4,989
    JR said that her style of basketball will be "Blue Collar". Her teams will out hustle, out work, out effort, and out rebound opponents.

    Her and Tad should get along very well.
     
    JackVcr and buffgal like this.

Share This Page