Damon Completes WBB Coaching Staff
EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette women's basketball head coach Kia Damon has completed her coaching staff, adding Natalie Jarrett, who was most recently an assistant coach at Lipscomb University, and Jennifer Montoya, who was last on staff at Penn State.
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."
Montoya comes to College Hill after spending the last six seasons working with the Penn State women's basketball staff. She spent the 2016-17 season as the director of scouting and video operations for the Big 10 program. During the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, she served as a recruiting assistant and special projects coordinator.
Her involvement with Penn State basketball coincided with her time as an undergraduate at the school, working as an intern and head travel manager (2010-14) while seeing the Lady Lions win three straight Big Ten titles from 2012-14. Following Penn State's 2013 championship season, Montoya garnered WNBA internship experience with the Minnesota Lynx.
In 2014, the native of Los Alamitos, Calif. graduated from Penn State with dual degrees in International Politics and Global and International Studies (with minors in Spanish and Latino Studies). She earned her master's degree in International Affairs in 2016.
"I have watched Jennifer grow from a student manager to most recently serving as women's basketball's Director of Scouting and Video Technology at Penn State," Damon said. "I have always been very impressed with her work ethic and her selfless nature. She will make an immediate impact with her knowledge of analytics, commitment to developing players both on and off the court, and recruiting."
Montoya will assist Tom Lochner, Damon's initial hire, in coaching the guards while Jarrett will serve as the recruiting coordinator and post coach.