Kelley Gibson, Mary Wooley Join USC Women's Staff

June 22, 2009

The USC women's basketball team's coaching staff is now compete with the addition of assistant coaches Kelley Gibson and Mary Wooley. The pair have joined the new USC staff of head coach Michael Cooper and associate head coach Ervin Monier to lead the Women of Troy in the coming 2009-10 season.

'In these hires, I think we've found two talented, energetic and passionate coaches who will help us return this program to an elite status,' Monier said of the new USC assistants.

Kelley Gibson comes to USC from Maine, where she worked for two seasons as an assistant after spending a year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and one as a graduate assistant coach at American University. During her time at UMBC, Gibson helped push the Retrievers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth as the America East Tournament champions. As a player, Gibson was an all-conference player at Maryland, graduating in 1999 with a degree in kinesiology before moving into the pro ranks. Gibson played internationally in Russia and in Israel and also had a successful WNBA career with the Houston Comets. A Comet from 2000-2004, Gibson helped win the 2000 WNBA championship and ranked in the top-10 on Houston's all-time games played chart. In 2003, she was awarded the WNBA's Off-Season Community Assist Award for her work throughout local communities.

'Kelley brings a player's pedigree that Coach Cooper wanted for our staff's completeness. She will be able to transfer her knowledge and experience as an athlete to our current players and our future recruits. Her success is a direct result of her resiliency, and our young ladies will benefit from her as a tangible example of what it takes to succeed,' Monier said of Gibson. 'Kelley is going to be a dynamic coach in all aspects of our program.'

Mary Wooley joins the USC coaching staff after serving as director of operations at Temple for three seasons. She also was the program's graduate assistant for three seasons while pursuing a master's of education in counseling psychology, finishing that degree in 2005. She currently is in the dissertation stage of her PhD in kinesiology, specializing in exercise and sport psychology. As a player, Wooley competed for four seasons at South Carolina Aiken, winning one conference championship and back-to-back Northern Division titles. Also as a Pacer, Wooley helped her team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II appearance. Wooley and new associate head coach Ervin Monier worked together at Temple while Dawn Staley served as the Owls head coach.

'Mary has exuberance, enthusiasm, freshness and a needed skill set that gives our staff great balance,' Monier said of Wooley. 'She has a connection with this generation that is invaluable. Her work ethic is an expression of efficiency and relentlessness. She's coming from a winning environment and she' been preparing to meet this challenge for the last six years. She's going to be exceptional.'

'Kelley and Mary have so much energy and hunger to be a part of the USC coaching family,' Monier said. 'Coach Cooper and I are fortunate to have them, and we can't wait to get started.'

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