Janet Soderberg Hired As Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Aug. 18, 2004

SEATTLE, WASH. -- Janet Soderberg, a Northwest native who played for and coached with UW head coach June Daugherty at Boise State, has been named an assistant coach for the Washington women's basketball program, Daugherty announced Wednesday.'I'm proud to announce Janet Soderberg has accepted the position of assistant basketball coach for the University of Washington,' Daugherty said. 'She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our basketball program, both in recruiting and coaching. Janet is a tireless recruiter with strong ties to numerous high schools, summer and AAU basketball coaches. She is also considered one of the best motivators of young student-athletes. Janet is an outstanding teacher of the game.'Soderberg, a native of Bremerton, Wash., returns to the Pacific Northwest, after a variety of assistant collegiate coaching stints. She already has a strong connection to the Husky program, having played for and coached with June and Mike Daugherty at Boise State, and having coached Washington's third assistant coach Kellie Lewis-Jay at BSU as well.'I'm excited to become a part of such a great university, and to work with a wonderful coaching staff and talented players,' Soderberg said. 'Moving back to the great Northwest - back to my roots - is exciting. I'm looking forward to contributing to a program rich with such great tradition and to also being reunited with June, Mike and Kellie.'Soderberg comes to Seattle from Nevada, where she was an assistant on the women's basketball staff from 2002-03. With the Wolfpack, Soderberg was the team's recruiting coordinator, and handled team travel and game scheduling.Prior to that, Soderberg coached at her alma mater of Boise State from 1995-2002. She was assistant coach for five seasons before being promoted to associate head coach for the next four years. With BSU, Soderberg was both the recruiting coordinator and worked with the Bronco offense. She was also responsible for game scheduling, film exchange and scouting. Soderberg coached one season with the Daughertys at Boise State, 1995-96. She also coached Lewis-Jay at BSU for three seasons, from 1995-98.Soderberg was a graduate assistant at Pacific from 1993-95, while earning her master's degree in educational and counseling psychology. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Boise State in 1993. Soderberg is currently working on a doctorate degree in psychology. She was a four-year basketball letterwinner with the Broncos from 1988-92, and played three of her four years under Daugherty. Soderberg was a student assistant for Daugherty while finishing her degree in 1992-93.Soderberg, 34, was born in Detroit, Mich., but was raised in Bremerton and was a 1988 graduate of Bremerton High School. She fills the vacancy on the Husky coaching staff left by Sunny Smallwood who accepted an associate head coaching position at California in July.

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