June 7, 2006
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's head women's basketball coach Michelle Jacoby announced the signing of two assistant coaches, which will join the staff immediately for the upcoming season. Jacoby announced the signing of former assistant coach and former Saint Mary's standout Tracy Johnston, formerly Morris. Jacoby also announced the signing of Tony Giannotti, a former Southern Utah assistant coach.
"We are so excited to have Tracy back in the program," Jacoby said. "We are very fortunate to have Tony because I think he compliments what other pieces of our staff brings to the table."
Johnston returns to the Gaels' coaching staff after a three-year absence. Johnston was a former assistant coach under Jacoby for three years prior to leaving. During her playing days, Johnston was a four-year letterwinner for the Gaels and was named to the West Coast Conference Top 50 All-Time team.
"She is a true Gael. She is a local legend," Jacoby said of Johnston. "She is well respected in the community and on the basketball court. As a coach she has a lot of experience and knowledge to bring. She is a tremendous addition to our staff."
Giannotti comes to Saint Mary's from Southern Utah, where he was an assistant coach for three years under head coach Joe Hillock. While at Southern Utah, Giannotti also served as an assistant coach on the men's staff at Southern Utah in 2001-02.
"Tony is a very motivated and energetic addition to our staff," Jacoby said. "He is well respected in the coaching profession as a recruiter."
While with the Thunderbirds, Giannotti's responsibilities included the development of the perimeter players, recruiting, coordinating travel, practice and game preparation, on-floor practice duties, fall conditioning workouts and film exchange.
"He has a good work ethic and he is a very hard working individual," Jacoby said. "I'm really looking forward to working with him. I think he will help us get to the next level as far as recruiting goes."