July 6, 2000
UCLA women's basketball head coach Kathy Olivier announced the hiring of two assistant coaches - Tia Jackson and Theon Carrier.
Jackson joins the Bruins from Stanford, where she was an assistant coach during the 1999-2000 season. She had previously served as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth from 1996-1997 to 1998-1999.
Jackson, a 1995 graduate from the University of Iowa, helped lead the Hawkeyes to four Top 25 final rankings in the five seasons she played. During her junior season, she led Iowa to a berth in the Final Four and earned NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament honors. She finished her career ranked 10th on Iowa's all-time rebounding list with 507 and seventh in steals with 168. Throughout her career, she averaged 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.47 steals.
In 1997, Jackson was a first-round selection and the ninth pick overall in the WNBA draft and played in 28 of the Phoenix Mercury's 30 games during its inaugural season.
"We are very excited to have Tia on staff," said Olivier. "She brings high energy, good people skills and a very positive attitude. She comes from a great basketball background, having worked with two highly regarded coaches in Vivian Stringer and Tara VanDerveer, and she brings not only basketball knowledge but recruiting experience as well. We feel that she is one of the top-rising assistant coaches in the nation."
Carrier comes to UCLA from Cypress College, where he served as women's assistant coach from 1998-2000. Carrier helped his team reach the third round of the state playoffs, where they lost to the eventual state champions. Prior to coaching at Cypress, Carrier was an assistant girls' coach at Long Beach Wilson HS in 1997-1998, guiding his team to the CIF Southern Section championship game.
Carrier, a math and science teacher at Newcomb Academy for seven years, graduated from Long Beach State in 1992. He was an all-city and All-Bay Area selection in basketball at Westmoor HS in Daly City, CA.
"Theon's experience as a teacher will help us a great deal, particularly on the floor," said Olivier. "He relates well to people and is very enthusiastic and extremely excited to be a Bruin."