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Women’s Basketball Rounds Out 2014-15 Coaching Staff

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: July 17, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Walter Pitts and Caitlin Wetmore have joined the UNCG women’s basketball program as assistant coaches while Spartan alumna and letterwinner Jazz Weaver has been tabbed the team’s director of operations according to an announcement by head coach Wendy Palmer.

The trio joins current assistant coach Latoya Jones to complete the coaching staff for the 2014-15 campaign. Jones is entering her third season as a member of the staff.

Pitts arrives in Greensboro after serving as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Texas Southern University for the last four seasons. The Tigers won the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title and made their fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to joining Texas Southern, he worked as an assistant coach with the Wiley College Women’s Basketball Team in 2009-10 and also Howard Junior College with the men's team.

He was a volunteer assistant coach at Stillman College in 2007. He has great connections in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit and has worked at Division 1 institutions such as the University of Alabama, the University of Houston, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham (summer camps).

While in high school, Pitts was awarded the State of Alabama Most Valuable Player for three consecutive years (1988-1990) and led his team to back-to-back state titles. After graduating from high school, he continued his athletic career at Tyler Junior College in Texas. During his tenure at TJC, he was named to the All-Conference Team for two successive years.

Upon returning to his home state, Pitts played at the University of Alabama and continued to build his athletic resume by receiving the Guy Lee Turner Defensive Award twice. He helped the Crimson Tide Basketball Team become major contenders by competing in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 1992, and by making a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament appearance in 1993.

After completing his eligibility, Pitts continued his athletic career by playing professional basketball in South America. He played successfully for four years and secured a title in the South American League.

Pitts returned to his alma mater and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Environmental Science in 2007. He is the proud father of two children.

Wetmore, a 2010 Adelphi University graduate and four-year member of the women's basketball team, joins the program after serving her alma mater as an assistant coach for two seasons.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Wetmore helped guide Adelphi to the Northeast-10 Conference championship game and a regional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers were 23-8 overall and earned a No. 1 seed in the league championship tournament.

In her first year on the sidelines, Wetmore helped the Panthers to a 15-win season; the most since the '06-'07 year which resulted in the program's first NE-10 post season appearance and win since joining the conference in 2009. Her responsibilities include player development, strength and conditioning, scouting opponents, practice preparation, academic advising and recruiting.

Prior to joining the staff, she served a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach for the Columbia University women's basketball team, Wetmore earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2012. As a member of the Lions staff, Wetmore assisted in player development, practice and game strategies, scouting and film breakdown.

At Adelphi, Wetmore served as a two-year captain and earned the team's Mary Ann Beaudry Memorial Award for her exemplary leadership in 2009. She played on a pair of WBCA Academic Top 25 squads and was twice selected to the East Coast Conference All-Academic team.

Wetmore is a member of the Women's Coaches Academy, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Alliance of Women's Coaches, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Weaver enjoyed a four-year playing career for UNCG from 2008-12. She saw action in 85 contests and made eight starts for the Spartans during her time in the Blue and Gold.

Weaver played in all 29 games her senior season, with six starts, to earn her fourth letter. She averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 33 steals. Weaver was also named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

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