DePaul Names Lister Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
June 1, 2017
CHICAGO – DePaul has brought in a bright young talent to its women’s basketball staff with the addition of assistant coach Jasmine Lister.
Lister replaces Bart Brooks who recently took the head coaching position at Belmont. Lister was an assistant coach at Washington last season and spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant on a Connecticut staff that won back-to-back national titles.
At Vanderbilt, Lister was a four-time All-SEC guard who led the Commodores to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and was named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American her senior year.
After making it to the final cut of the Seattle Storm training camp, Seattle star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird called UConn coach Geno Auriemma and recommended Lister for his staff. She played with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2015 and 2016.
DePaul coach and USA Olympics women’s basketball assistant coach Doug Bruno first noticed Lister during an Olympics training camp two years ago in Storrs, Conn. Lister was charged with coaching a men’s practice team against Bruno and the national team.
“Her leadership and coaching ability jumped out at me and made me take notice,” Bruno said. I went up to (Team USA head coach) Geno afterwards and asked who she was. He said that’s Jasmine Lister and she is a graduate assistant on our staff.
“Next to the people on our staff here, the Division I staff I’m closest to is UConn with all the time we’ve worked together on Olympic teams the last 10 years. I’ve gotten to know Chris Dailey, Shea Ralph and Marisa Mosely quite well.
“Jas was an assistant coach last season with Mike Neighbors at Washington, who has taken the job at Arkansas which made her available. Mike gave her the highest recommendation, as did Geno.”
Lister is ready to make an impact on the stellar coaching staff Bruno has assembled in Lincoln Park.
“What I like about DePaul are the high standards coach Bruno has set for his program,” Lister said. “There have been years and years of success as he has surrounded himself with talented and loyal people. That is something that isn’t easy to find in this game, and becoming a part of that culture was important to me.
“I’m a good listener, and I’ve taken bits and pieces of coaching knowledge from every place I’ve been. At UConn, it was the level of intensity and sharpness along with a strong attention to detail. Coach Bruno does a good job with those same characteristics.
“At Washington, I saw how the coaches tailored the individual strengths of players to benefit the team. The thinking there, just like at UConn and DePaul, is finding the best ways to use your individual talents to help the team win.”
Lister believes her youthfulness will resonate with Blue Demon student-athletes.
“I was playing at Vanderbilt as recently as 2014 and played with the Sparks last year. Everything about being a player is still fresh in my mind. I know what they are going through with academics, practicing, playing games and traveling. It’s not an easy thing to manage.”
Bruno envisions Lister injecting a fresh, new perspective into his program.
“At a very young age, Jas already has two years of experience coaching at UConn and one year at Washington,” he said. “In college she played for Melanie Balcomb, one of the best coaches in the women’s game. In the WNBA, she played for a talented coach in Brian Agler.
“At the age of 25, she already has a wealth of basketball experience.”
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