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Jill M. Pizzotti
Jill M. Pizzotti

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
Third Season

Twitter:
@coachpizzotti

08/04/2014

Jill M. Pizzotti Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Pizzotti begins her fourth season on the Blue Demon bench

02/07/2013

DePaul's Play 4Kay Set for Feb. 12 Against Rutgers

Blue Demons and Scarlet Knights will both wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Fund

12/24/2012

Women's Basketball Plays Santa Claus

The Blue Demons adopt a Rogers Park Family

02/02/2012

DePaul's Play4Kay Game Set for Feb. 12

The Blue Demons and Marquette tangle on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park

08/12/2014

DePaul Women's Basketball in France

The DePaul women's basketball team traveled to France, Aug. 11-22.

With stints as a women's basketball head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and also in the women's basketball division at Nike, Jill Pizzotti, a Lombard, Ill. native, brings nearly two decades of experience to the Blue Demon program.

Pizzotti is in her fourth season with the Blue Demons and serves as the Blue Demons' recruiting coordinator, while also assisting with the day-to-day operations of the basketball office.

"Jill has had a major impact on every Division I program that she has served, as either an assistant or head coach," Bruno added. "Going head-to-head with Jill's Saint Louis program was a monumental task for every coach in the first 10 years of Conference USA."

In 2014, Pizzotti helped the Blue Demons bring nationwide acclaim to the sport of women's basketball with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest-scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women's tournament.

DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 and 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.

Overall team success lays the groundwork for individual accolades, and Brittany Hrynko was recognized as an Associated Press honorable mention All-America and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-America. Jasmine Penny was also a WBCA honorable mention All-America. Hrykno became the first DePaul player to earn back-to-back All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

In 2012-13, Pizzotti helped DePaul reach its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament with a 21-win season and put together a highly-regarded three-member recruiting class featuring combo guards Jessica January and ShaKeya Graves, as well as Vernon Hills standout Meri Bennett-Swanson. Off the court, DePaul set a program record by recording the second-highest team GPA in the country.

In her first year with the Blue Demons, DePaul also reached the NCAA Tourament and recorded 23 wins. She helped mentor three all-BIG EAST Conference selections, while Anna Martin led the BIG EAST in scoring. Off the court, DePaul recorded the third-best team GPA in the country and earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Award for the third consecutive year.

Pizzotti spent the 2010-11 season at West Virginia and helped the Mountaineers to a school-best 24-10 record and to the NCAA Tournament. As the recruiting coordinator, she helped WVU collect the 13th-best recruiting class in the nation. Pizzotti joined the Mountaineer staff in 2010 after serving the previous five years as the manager for women's basketball at Nike.

Beginning in 2005, Pizzotti was the liaison between Nike and 90 percent of the top-25 women's basketball programs, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and USA Basketball.

Prior to joining Nike, Pizzotti was the second-winningest women's basketball coach in Saint Louis University history and guided the program to its first-ever postseason tournament appearance in the 2003 WNIT. Pizzotti was at the helm of the Billiken program from 1996-05, where she recorded double-digit wins in seven consecutive seasons. She tutored nine all-conference performers, as well as the C-USA Freshman of the Year in 1996.

Pizzotti's team won the C-USA Academic Achievement Award for the highest GPA in five seasons, while over 50 student-athletes were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Her 2001 team was ranked No. 8 in the country in the WBCA Team Academic Poll, while her 1999 team ranked No. 23. During her tenure at SLU, 10 of her student-athletes were named Arthur Ashe Scholar-Athlete Award winners.

Pizzotti also made coaching stops at Indiana University as an assistant coach from 1992-95. She was also an assistant at Northern Kentucky (1991-92) and her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State, from 1989-91.

She has served on numerous committees during her career, including: the iHoops Advisory Committee (2010), the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors (2009), secretary of the Executive Committee of the Kay Yow Foundation (2009), Conference USA Women's Basketball Issues Committee (2002-04), District V WBCA Coach of the Year Award Committee (2001, 2002), Chair of Conference USA Women's Basketball Coaches (2001, 2004), WBCA Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award Committee Member (1999, 2000), and the St. Louis Athletic Advisory Committee (1997-2000).

Pizzotti received both her bachelors and masters degrees from Southeast Missouri State. She finished her bachelors degree in mathematics and physical education in 1989 and completed her masters in secondary education/administration supervision in 1991.

While completing her undergraduate education, Pizzotti helped Southeast Missouri State to four consecutive MIAA Conference Championships and to the Division II NCAA Tournament. Pizzotti was a two-time captain, while winning the team's Most Inspirational Player Award. She also earned SEMO's Trombetta Award, which honors the graduating senior with the highest GPA.

A graduate of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Ill., Pizzotti was inducted into her high school's inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.