Natalie Jarrett begins her first season on Kia Damon's Lafayette women's basketball coaching staff and will serve as the recruiting coordinator and post coach.
Jarrett was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Prior to her time at Lipscomb, she spent four seasons on the staff at the University of California Santa Barbara as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. That tenure was highlighted by a 2012 Big West Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prior to getting into collegiate coaching, Jarrett was a physical education teacher and head girls' basketball coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Calif. In her six seasons (2005-11), Jarrett coached her squad to four conference titles and the program advanced to the CIF championship game in her final year.
She was the head coach for the Cal Sparks AAU team (2009-11) and U-15 GBL Lady Rebels (2007-09) and also worked as an assistant coach for the U-16 Team Elite (2007-09). Jarrett got her coaching career started at the Pilgrim School in Los Angeles (2003-05).
Born in Jamaica, Jarrett grew up in Wenatchee, Wash. and played her college basketball at UCLA where she was a four-year letterwinner. In her sophomore season of 2001, the Bruins finished second in the Pac 10 and secured an NCAA Tournament appearance. Jarrett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2003. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University in 2013.
"Natalie is a great addition to our staff," Damon said. "I wanted to hire a coach who is not only competent in teaching the game, but also one who connects well with people. Natalie has a diverse background and her experiences as a player, educator and coach will enrich the experience of our players."