Both CMS and P-P women’s basketball coaches to leave Claremont Colleges

Corinne Bogle CM ’19 scores with her left hand in the CMS Athenas’ win over Whittier Feb. 6, a victory that stretched their winning streak to 15 games. (Ian Poveda • The Student Life)

The Claremont Colleges are down two women’s basketball coaches after both the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer coaches announced their departures last week.

CMS head coach Kristen Dowling is moving up to Division I after taking a job leading Pepperdine University’s team, a news release from CMS Athletics said.

The Sagehens’ Jill Pace is headed back to Tufts University to lead its Division III women’s basketball team, according to a news release from Tufts.

Dowling had previously worked as an assistant coach for the Pepperdine team before coming to Claremont in 2012. She’s spent the last seven years leading the CMS team to success.

Under her leadership, the team has won or shared the past six SCIAC regular season championships and made it to the NCAA Division III national tournament four times in the past six years. 

Cameron Edward PO ’22 jumps into the arms of Vanessa Hsia PO ’22 following P-P’s victory in the SCIAC title game. (Timothy Liu • The Student Life)

On the other side of Sixth Street, Pace helped lead the P-P women’s basketball team to a historic win this past season after only three years with the program. She was also named West Region Coach of the Year by in 2019.

Pace graduated from Tufts in 2012 and spent two additional years there as an assistant coach for the Division III women’s basketball team, according to a P-P news release announcing her departure.

While CMS is currently searching for Dowling’s replacement, P-P has already hired Alaina Woo PO ’17 as interim head coach. 

Woo was an assistant coach last season and played for the Sagehens basketball team as a student. Like Pace, she began her coaching career at Tufts before returning to Claremont last season.

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