UC San Diego Adds Former Standout Beth Mounier to Coaching Staff
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego women’s basketball program continues to solidify its coaching staff with the addition of former Triton standout Beth Mounier as video coordinator, head coach Heidi VanDerveer announced on Monday.
“It is great to have Beth back at UC San Diego as our video coordinator,” said VanDerveer. “As her former coach, it was special to have my sister, Tara VanDerveer, mentor Beth as she started her coaching journey. I am sure her experience working with Stanford Women’s Basketball will prove invaluable.
“Beth is very passionate about basketball and you can feel her love for the game as well as her love for UC San Diego when you talk with her. She will be instrumental in our success this season and as we transition into the Big West.”
Mounier was a three-year standout for the Tritons from 2014-17, earning All-CCAA First-Team honors as a senior after averaging a team-best 12.8 points per game. She was also a three-time CCAA All-Academic honoree.
The Woodland Hills, Calif., native finished her UC San Diego career as the program's all-time leader in free-throw percentage (.835) and fifth all-time in 3-point field goals made (157). Mounier said she's excited to be part of the Tritons' transition to Division I and the Big West Conference beginning in the fall of 2020.
“I think my three years playing (at UC San Diego) was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had," said Mounier. "I couldn’t be more excited to come back and help take the program to the next level in any way I can.”
Tara VanDerveer believes Mounier has a bright coaching future ahead and is excited to see her continue to develop.
"Working at UC San Diego is a tremendous opportunity for Beth," said Tara VanDerveer. "She is extremely hardworking, positive and knowledgeable. Beth understands basketball and will help in every facet of their program.
"While it was great to have Beth at Stanford, I am happy for her as she moves forward in the coaching profession."
Mounier said she gained valuable experience at Stanford the past year, and acknowledged there's several aspects of the job she didn't notice as a player.
“The biggest thing I learned are details and the time it takes to be great at this level,” said Mounier. “I saw a lot of what goes on behind the scenes day in and day out and what it takes to take talented team to the top.
“There’s a lot of great teams, but the details in how you prepare is what separates them.”
UC San Diego (30-1) won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament and regular season championships in 2018-19, en route to earning the top seed in the NCAA West Region, making an appearance in the NCAA West Region Semifinals and finishing No. 6 in the final WBCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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