Ronalda Smitherman begins her first season as an assistant coach for the California women's basketball team.
Her primary responsibilities involve overseeing game scheduling and scouting and assisting with player development and recruiting.
Smitherman comes to Cal from St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., where she served as an assistant coach the past two seasons. During her tenure, the Red Storm more than doubled its number of victories from 1998 to 1999. Primarily responsible for the development of the St. John's backcourt, Smitherman also served as the Red Storm's scouting coordinator and assisted with recruiting and scheduling.
Smitherman got her coaching start in 1995 as an assistant coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. She helped guide the team to the New Jersey state championship and a 22-3 record.
The following season, Smitherman received her first collegiate appointment at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., where she served as a graduate assistant for the 1996-97 season.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Smitherman excelled as a player at Rowan University, in Glassboro, N.J. She was a three-year starter at point guard and led the Profs to three-consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances from 1992-94, as well as New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championships in '92 and '94. A 1994 East Coast Conference all-tournament team selection, her teams compiled an 80-27 record during her four years in the program.
A native of Pennsauken, N.J., Smitherman graduated from Rowan in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.
SMITHERMAN AT A GLANCE
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