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Julie Rousseau, Women's Basketball Head Coach, Named World Games Team Assistant Coach
Pepperdine women’s head basketball coach Julie Rousseau has been named as an assistant coach to the 2009 USA Women’s World University Games Basketball Team according to a release today by USA Basketball.
Rousseau, who has spent five seasons at the helm of the Pepperdine women's basketball program, will coach with her first USA Basketball team in the summer of 2009.
"I'm honored, thrilled and absolutely excited about the opportunity to be a part of a team that is playing for our country," Rousseau said. "I'm humble and grateful to have this opportunity to assist in bringing home the gold medal, and I'm prepared to support and help in any way to allow our team to be successful. Being able to coach some of the best players in our country and to represent our country is the epitome of my career and really a thrill."
Rousseau led Pepperdine to the NCAA Tournament faster than any women's basketball coach in school history, accomplishing the feat in just her second season at the helm in 2005-06. As the fourth seed in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Tournament, Rousseau's 2006 squad tied a WCC record as the lowest-seeded team to win the conference title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
During Rousseau's five seasons, the Waves have had seven All-WCC first team selections, four WCC All-Tournament honorees, five WCC All-Freshman Team members and three WCC All-Academic selections.
Rousseau holds the distinction of being the only Pepperdine coach to win his or her first conference game, as the Waves defeated San Diego on the road, 78-56, on Jan. 6, 2005.
Prior to joining the faculty at Pepperdine in 2004, Rousseau spent four years as an assistant coach on Tara VanDerveer's staff at Stanford University. Rousseau also worked for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from May 1997 to July 1998, serving as an assistant coach, interim head coach and head coach. She was promoted to head coach in December 1997 and held the position for one year.