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Nevada assistant coach Jazmin Pitts honored among WBCA's 30 under 30

Jazmin Pitts
Jazmin Pitts is in her second stint at Nevada. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada women’s basketball assistant coach Jazmin Pitts was selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 honoree.

The WBCA Thirty Under 30 program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement. Pitts is one of 18 from the Division I level to earn the honor and is one of two from the Mountain West, joining New Mexico assistant Symone Denham.

“Jazmin is passionate about teaching, coaching and mentoring our young women. She is so eager to learn and advance her knowledge of the game to positively impact our team and develop our players every day,” head coach Amanda Levens said in a news release. “Jazmin is very loyal to our program, committed to our players and is a great example of striving for excellence in every area of her life. This is a prestigious recognition and she is surrounded by other great coaches.”

Pitts recently completed her second season as an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack and helped guide the team to its first winning record in three years, a first round bye in the Mountain West Tournament and its highest seeding in the MW Tournament since 2013-14. She also served as a graduate assistant with the Wolf Pack during the 2017-18 season. During that year Pitts helped Nevada to a 19-win season, the second most in program history.

The Wolf Pack began the Mountain West Tournament as the No. 7 seed and picked up upset after upset, defeating No. 2 UNLV in double overtime and No. 3 Wyoming to reach its first ever Mountain West Championship game. Nevada went on to reach the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational, just its fourth postseason appearance in program history.

Before making her return to Reno, Pitts worked as a personal and professional development coordinator at her alma mater, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE), in the School of Pharmacy. She also served as the head girls basketball coach at Alton High School in Alton, Ill. Prior to her first stint with the Wolf Pack, Pitts spent two seasons as the head coach at Wirth Middle School in Cahokia, Ill. She also served as the freshmen coach and assisted with the junior varsity and varsity teams at Cahokia High School. In 2014 Pitts accepted a position as the women’s director of the Lady Jets AAU Basketball Club.

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