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Rex Walters
Rex Walters
A new era began April 7, 2008 when the University of San Francisco named Rex Walters head coach of the men's basketball program. The former Kansas star and NBA veteran hit the ground running and entering his third season on the Hilltop, every player on the 2010-11 roster was recruited to USF by Walters and his coaching staff. San Francisco has added talented size and versatile perimeter players from outstanding prep programs and all look prepared to follow Walters' challenge: Play hard. Play smart. Play together.
 
San Francisco made strides during the second year of its rebuilding process under Coach Walters. After opening the season with back-to-back home wins, the Dons struggled through a stretch where it played nine of 12 non-conference games on the road. USF showed its resiliency by posting a solid showing in a much-improved West Coast Conference. The Green and Gold opened the league campaign with a 2-1 record with wins against San Diego and at eventual postseason participant Loyola Marymount.
 
USF closed the league campaign on a tear, winning four of five highlighted by a thrilling 81-77 overtime upset victory against No. 13/8 Gonzaga. The Dons seized a 72-70 road overtime win at San Diego the next time out and then swept the final homestand of the year against the Lions and Pepperdine. San Francisco posted its third and final overtime triumph in a 71-68 cliffhanger at ancient Bay Area rival Santa Clara.
 
San Francisco posted its best league record (7-7) and finish (fourth) since 2007. Other improvements under Walters in year two included increases in scoring (+2.8), field goal percentage (.447 vs. .433 in 2008-09) and rebounding (+3.9).
 
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Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi
The University of San Francisco welcomes Jennifer Azzi, one of the most prominent names in women's basketball, as the head coach of the women's basketball program. The 2009 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee brings a wealth of playing experience at the collegiate, international and professional levels to the Hilltop.
 
"I am excited and honored about the opportunity to lead the program at USF," said Azzi. "I have been asked to coach every year since I left the game. This is the first opportunity that feels right for me. USF has really strong values around educating the 'whole person'-- an element that is critical to developing a successful team."
 
"From my conversation with Jennifer, it is clear that she shares our commitment to excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community," commented USF President Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J. "Jennifer Azzi has been for many the face of women's basketball and now she will be that for USF. I am delighted to have such a polished, experienced, and articulate professional at the head of our women's basketball program. She is a welcome partner in the great enterprise of Jesuit Catholic education at USF."
 
Azzi becomes just the eighth head coach in USF's women's basketball history. One of the most dominant teams in the West Coast Conference during the 1990's, the Dons have struggled since winning three straight WCC Tournament titles from 1995-97 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Since its last NCAA berth in 1997, San Francisco has recorded just one winning season (2002), but Azzi has confidence that the Dons can once again be a force at the conference and national level.
 
"The Dons have struggled in recent years," Azzi said. "However, I believe USF's current group of student-athletes has the ability to work hard and be successful. I look forward to working with Debi Gore-Mann, who is a true visionary, and who brings a wealth of passion and leadership to collegiate athletics."
 
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