Rebecca Tillett named head coach of women’s basketball

ST. LOUIS – Rebecca Tillett has been named head coach of women’s basketball at Saint Louis University, and has become the eighth head coach in the program’s history.

Tillett spent the last four years reviving the women’s team at Longwood University, a tenure that culminated in a conference championship, the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance, and the Lancers’ first NCAA tournament victory.

“We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Tillett and her family to the Billiken Athletics Program,” SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. “Rebecca comes highly recommended from the highest levels of women’s basketball. Her ability to develop women’s basketball players and leaders will enable our program to meet our goals, which are to compete for A-10 championships annually and play in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. “Rebecca’s preparation and skills fit our program perfectly.”

“I would like to thank Chris MayDr. Pestello, Janet Oberle and Annie Reis to give me the exciting opportunity to lead these Billiken women, “Tillett said.” The department is clear in its strategic goals of educating, competing and building a community. The consistent support and investment in the development of women really drew me to the university. In addition, the passionate way in which St. The Louis community supports Billiken Athletics, inspiring and infectious, and we need everyone to support us in our pursuit of expertise in the classroom and on the court. The opportunity to coach at this special university while immersed in an environment of love, amidst passionate support for amazing teams, makes me excited to begin OUR journey to championships. Go Billikens! “

Tillett inherited a Longwood team that was only 31-119 in the five seasons before her arrival, and she turned the Lancers into an off-season team in just her third year. She went 36-19 across the previous two seasons and, in addition to this year’s NCAA Tournament, helped the Lancers secure a spot in the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2020-21.

Winners in 15 of their last 17 games last season, the Lancers delivered their best overall and league records since coming to the Big South nearly 10 years ago, finishing 22-12 overall and 15-3 in the conference. The Five Lancers achieved Big South postseason awards for the second season in a row, including the League Player of the Year and Defender of the Year.

The Lancers defeated top-seeded Campbell 86-47 in the Big South Championship final on March 6, where they got their ticket to Longwood’s first NCAA tournament ever. Tillett’s transformation of the program took the Lancers from 3-27 in its first season to Big South Tournament champions and March Madness contestants in just three years.

The overall record of 22-12 stands as Longwood’s best in his Division I era, a mark that breaks the record of 13-13 for the 2007-08 team in the Lancers’ first Division I season.

Tillett’s team last year was highly defensive, ranking among the top 35 nationally in blocks (4.7, 27.) and stolen (9.9, 35.) per. match.

Prior to Longwood, Tillett began climbing the ranks on the Navy bench in 2014-15 and achieved a promotion to recruiting coordinator in 2016-17 and associate head coach in 2017-18. In its four seasons, the Navy went 81-47, including a program record of 25 wins in 2017-18, reaching the Patriot League Championship final and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Before her stop at the Navy, Tillett spent a season as an assistant coach at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013-14, where she helped the Crimson Hawks to an 18-10 record.

Before training collegiately, Tillett set an overall record of 166-72 in a 10-year tenure with Virginia high schools, including residencies at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas (2001-07) and Forest Park High School in Woodbridge (2007-13). ).

Tillett took his bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary in 1999 and ended his collegiate career as a team captain that season.

Saint Louis University will introduce Tillett to the public and the media on Wednesday at 15.30 in Chaifetz Arena. For those who cannot attend, the event will be livestreamed here.

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