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Coaching Staff

April Phillips
Associate Assistant Coach

April Phillips enters her third year on staff with the LMU women's basketball team in 2017-18 and serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. She was promoted from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach in June 2016.

"April is a superstar in this business," said Elliott. "She has come in and made an immediate impact both on the floor and in the recruiting arena. She is passionate about LMU, this program and our players and I'm so excited to reward her with this promotion. She has done such a great job connecting with players, parents and recruits and we have already seen the payoffs of her being our recruiting coordinator."

Phillips spent the 2014-15 season as a graduate manager at Georgia Tech and the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at the university of New Haven. Prior to working with the New Haven Chargers, Phillips served as Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Seton Hall University. During her time at Seton Hall, Phillips' direct responsibilities included assisting Hall of Fame head coach Anne Donovan with practice planning, recruiting, student-athlete welfare and other day-to-day operations.

Phillips was the co-president and head trainer and coach at S&A Next Level Basketball, an organization that runs NCAA-certified women's leagues in addition to various clinics and camps from 2010-13. She served as the general manager of basketball operations of Sportsplus in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2010-11, where her responsibilities included marketing of basketball leagues, camps and training. Phillips is also a certified basketball official and has coached players from both the high school and collegiate ranks.

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Phillips began her collegiate basketball career at Georgia Tech, playing for the Yellow Jackets during the 2005-06 season. She averaged 3.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. Following her freshman year, Phillips transferred to Xavier where she played women's basketball and competed in track and field. Throughout her college career, Phillips averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team her senior season and owns the school's outdoor shot put record as a member of the track and field team.

Phillips is no stranger to postseason play, having advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Xavier all three years of her career. Phillips was a part of the squad that won the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2008 and 2010 and aided the Musketeers to an Elite 8 appearance in 2010. She earned the Thomas E Saddler Award in 2010, given to the Xavier student-athlete who exhibits the ideal student-athlete Xavier, including hard work and enthusiasm.

After graduating from Xavier with a degree in Business Information Systems and minors in Communication and Gender & Diversity Studies, Phillips was invited to preseason camp with the New York Liberty of the WNBA. She played professionally in Israel, Finland and Belgium.

Phillips prepped at Narbonne High School and Long Beach Poly High School, while also playing club ball for OGDL and Cal Sparks. She was a wo-time Nike All-American and twice named a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American. She was named the nation's sixth-best wing player according to the 2004 All Star Girls Report and was also named one of the top 250 seniors in the Class of 2005, according to the same publication.

Phillips was a member of the USA Developmental Hoop Festival Champion Team in 2004, was named to the Press Telegram Dream Team in 2004, the Press Telegram All-Star Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and the L.A. Times All Star Team in 2005. She earned MVP honors at the Tennessee River City Classic while earning the honor of Best All-Around Player at her high school. She led Long Beach Poly to the Moore League Championship during her junior year and helped the team to runner-up honors in the region championship.

Phillips also excelled at track and field, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put while leading her team to the state championship in her junior year. She was named all-state in track and field in 2004 and 2005, and won the California Legislative Sports Award for Track and Field. She also earned a Pursuit of Excellence Student-Athlete Medallion in 2005.

 

Chris Elliott
Assistant Coach

Chris Elliott begins his sixth season as an assistant coach on the LMU women's basketball staff in 2017-18.

Elliott has coached alongside his wife, head coach Charity Elliott, for nearly their entire careers, most recently at UC San Diego. He joined her Triton staff in 2009 after spending two years with Synergy Sports Technologies - a company that provides game video editing and analysis for the NBA, the NBA Developmental League, NCAA Division I games and several major European leagues.

At UCSD he helped guide the Tritons to an overall record of 25-5 and a second straight California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title in his first season in La Jolla in 2009-10 and helped the Tritons to another 20-win campaign after the team went 20-11 in 2010-11. In 2011-12, UCSD went 30-3, including going unbeaten in their first 26 games while also spending seven weeks ranked #1 in NCAA Division II, the first #1 ranking in school history.

He was on her staff at Portland State from 2004-2007, helping rebuild the Viking's program and leading the team to consecutive Big Sky Tournament appearances.

Prior to his stint at Portland State, Elliott spent the 2003-04 season as the strength and conditioning coach for the women's basketball program at Arkansas. He also served as an assistant alongside Charity Elliott at Cal Baptist from 2001-03.

Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science from Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) in 1991. He also attended the University of Miami (FL) and was a defensive back on the Hurricanes' 1983 National Championship team.

 

Nia Jackson
Director of Operations

Former University of Oregon standout Nia Jackson begins her first year as assistant coach and fourth year overall with LMU women's basketball in the 2017-18 season. Jackson served as director of operations from 2014-2017 before being promoted to assistant coach.

Jackson was a member of the Ducks' program from 2007-12. She was named her team's Most Valuable Player following both her junior (2010-11) and senior (2011-12) seasons, while also earning First Team All-Pac-10 honors in 2011-12. Averaging 17 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 2010-11, she also earned the Ducks' Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player honors.

Jackson departed Oregon ranked in the top 10 in single-game assists (11, recorded twice during the 2010-11 season, T-10th), single-season steals (83, 2009-10, T-6th), career assists (355, 9th) and career steals (204, 4th).

Upon graduating from Oregon in the spring of 2012 with a degree in sociology, Jackson began her own business, "Nia Jackson Individual Basketball Training." She has worked with males and females ages 5-21 on fundamental technique, knowledge of the game and work ethic.

Jackson played one season (September 2012-April 2013) of professional basketball for HoNsU Jyvaskyla in Finland, leading the team to its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

After retiring from playing due to knee injuries, Jackson has worked as a personal trainer and coach in Seattle, while also working in operations at LA Fitness.

 

Jasmin Holliday
Director of Operations

Jasmin Holliday enters her first season as director of operations for LMU women's basketball in 2017-18, but this marks her third season overall with the team.

Holliday got her start with the women's basketball team as a graduate assistant during the 2015-16 season and moved to an administrative assistant role within LMU Athletics, specifically women's basketball, in 2016-17. Holliday earned a master's degree in educational studies from LMU.

She played collegiate basketball at the University of Oregon from 2008-12, finishing her career among the Ducks' top-10 in career games played (124, T-2nd), steals (183, 7th) and blocks (109, 8th).

Holliday went on to play professionally with Huima in Aenekoski, Finland in 2012-13 and then with Gruner Stern Keltern in Keltern, Germany in 2013-14. She is a native of Chino Hills, Calif.