LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced the first addition to his coaching staff Thursday with the hiring of Jamie Shadian.
Shadian comes to the Mesilla Valley after two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She joined the Tigers' coaching staff in 2009 and focused her efforts on mentoring guard play, specifically the point guard at the Division I level. The Tigers' 2011 senior point guard responded to the instruction last season to become the TSU assists record holder and place second in assists within the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
While at TSU Shadian assisted in recruiting efforts in the U.S. and led recruiting efforts abroad in Europe. She was also well versed in scouting opponents and preparing scouting reports for the Tigers. During the offseason, Shadian designed postseason and preseason workouts for the guards. She served as a liaison for strength and conditioning as well as academics during her tenure, advising student-athletes.
Trakh has followed Shadian's career since she was a high school player in California during the early 1990's. Shadian played against Trakh's La Brea High School squad at that time. Their paths crossed again a few years later in the West Coast Conference (WCC) as Shadian led her University of San Francisco Dons to three consecutive WCC championships while Trakh took over the program at Pepperdine.
"Jamie will be one of my top two assistants," Trakh said. "She's going to be an asset to our program. She has a law degree and a diverse background in athletics working as a coach, within compliance, as a fundraiser and she is a great recruiter. She has strong ties abroad for recruiting as an Israeli citizen. She is a great coach and a phenomenal competitor on the basketball court."
Shadian played four seasons (1997-2001) at the professional level with various teams in Israel as part of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). In summer 2009 that experience paid dividends as Shadian served as an assistant coach to the U.S. Maccabi girls' basketball team that claimed the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Prior to joining the Tennessee State women's basketball coaching staff in June 2009, Shadian served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla., during the 2008-09 Florida Sun Conference Championship season. While at Northwood, Shadian served as the recruiting coordinator, post coach and head strength and conditioning coach.
Before her stint at Northwood University, Shadian served as a compliance operations assistant at the University of Texas where she handled eligibility, academic and recruiting related issues.
From 2006 to 2008 Shadian worked as a radio broadcaster for her alma mater, the University of San Francisco, as a color commentator. She also spent three years working as the leadership management director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where she managed a political outreach and fundraising campaign in Silicon Valley and briefed organizations on recent developments in the Middle East and on Capitol Hill.
In 2008, Shadian was inducted into the Hall of Fame at USF where she still holds the Dons' all-time records for assists and minutes played during her four years on the court from 1993 to 1997. Shadian served as co-captain for the Dons her final three seasons and was a member of the WCC All-Tournament team in 1995 and 1997.
As a collegiate standout, Shadian led the Dons to three WCC Tournament titles and NCAA berths, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1996. That Sweet 16 trip was the deepest run of any WCC women's team until the 2011 Gonzaga squad advanced to the Elite 8 last season.
Shadian graduated from USF with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Sports Administration and a minor in Coaching in 1999. In 2007, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School.