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Nevada basketball in market for assistant coach after Jazmin Pitts returns to alma mater

Amanda Levens
Amanda Levens has a full-time assistant job to fill. (Nevada athletics)

The Nevada women's basketball team posted two job openings this week, including full-time assistant coach and player development coach.

The first of those jobs came open last month when Jazmin Pitts left the staff for an assistant position at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, her alma mater. Pitts, who played for Nevada head coach Amanda Levens at SIUE, spent two years on the Wolf Pack's staff.

A native of O'Fallon, Illinois, Pitts graduated from SIUE with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2014 as well as a master's in exercise physiology in 2016. As a student-athlete, Pitts finished No. 2 all-time in 3-pointers made at SIUE and is No. 28 all-time in scoring for the Cougars. She set the SIUE freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season (74).

Prior to her time at Nevada, Pitts was the head coach at Wirth Middle School (2015-17) and Alton High School (2018-19). She was a graduate assistant at Nevada in 2017-18.

Last March, 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. Pitts was one of 18 assistant coaches from the Division I level to earn the honor.

"Jazmin is an SIUE women's basketball alumnus who has a love for this place unlike any other," SIUE head coach Samantha Quigley Smith said in a news release. "Not only that, but her family and St. Louis area connections from growing up here is something of which we will continue to build off. We cannot wait to have Jazmin join our family."

Nevada also has an open player development coach position that was filled by Wolf Pack alum Halie Bergman last season.


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