Jill M. Pizzotti
Pizzotti begins her fourth season on the Blue Demon bench
Blue Demons and Scarlet Knights will both wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Fund
The Blue Demons adopt a Rogers Park Family
The Blue Demons and Marquette tangle on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park
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 fifth 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.
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.
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.