San Jose, Calif. – San José State women’s basketball head coach Jamie Craighead has announced the resignation of Jourdan Willard, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and the addition of two new assistant coaches and a new assignment for a third coach.
With the departure of Willard, Craighead has announced additional moves with regard to the 2018-19 staff. Carlotta Kloppenburg and Arielle Wideman have been appointed assistant coaches and assistant coach Dan Muscatell has accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Head Coach.
“Each year I evaluate all aspects of the program,” Craighead said. “Knowing Jourdan was going to be leaving gave me the opportunity to redefine roles, while examining the needs of the program and myself. With the changes we’ve made and additions to our staff, our program is in a great place. When our players return in July, I’m eager to introduce them to the new staff members and get back to work.”
Carlotta Kloppenburg – Assistant Coach
Kloppenburg comes to Silicon Valley after a successful two-year stint on the staff at Arizona State University. While at ASU, she served as the assistant director for women’s basketball operations as well as the assistant recruiting coordinator.
Prior to Arizona State, Kloppenburg spent two years at Winthrop University. She began as a graduate assistant before assuming the position of assistant coach.
In her first season, Kloppenburg’s primary on-court responsibilities will be coaching the team’s defensive schemes, post and center development as well as opponent scouting. Off the court she will lead the daily operations of and continued efforts to expand the Women of Excellence Program and will be the recruiting coordinator for the 2020 class.
During the summers from 2012 through 2015, Kloppenburg interned for three WNBA teams. In 2014 and 2015, she was a coaching intern for Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever, respectively. In 2012 and 2013 she was with the Tulsa Shock as a basketball operations intern.
Kloppenburg is a 2014 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) where she competed for the Sealions’ women’s basketball team for two seasons. In her senior campaign, she was honored as a National Christian College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete and following both her junior and seniors seasons was an Academic All-PacWest Conference honoree.
Kloppenburg earned a bachelor’s degree, with Cum Laude honors, in exercise and sports science from PNLU. In 2017 she was awarded her master's degree in Sport and Fitness Administration from Winthrop University.
“In the hiring process, Carlotta stood out as someone who could provide our program with what we were losing with Coach Willard’s departure,” Craighead said. “At both Arizona State and Winthrop, she gained valuable experience that has prepared her to recruit and get on the court to teach. Her basketball knowledge, her ability to cultivate and develop relationships with people, and her ability to approach this role with vast experience, already under her belt, made this an easy hire for me.”
Arielle Wideman – Assistant Coach
Wideman comes to San José State after a nearly two-year stint on the women’s basketball staff at Prairie View A&M University. While at Prairie View, she served as a graduate assistant and was involved in all aspects of game-day operations, including opponent scouting and film exchange. She oversaw student managers and practice players while also planning and coordinating all official and unofficial student-athlete campus visits. In addition, Wideman planned and coordinated the program’s travel.
In her first season, Wideman’s primary on-court responsibilities are coaching the team’s point guards as well as opponent scouting. Off the court she leads the daily operations of the program’s community service outreach and will be the recruiting coordinator for the 2021 class.
Wideman is a 2014 graduate of the University of Nevada where she competed for the Wolf Pack women’s basketball team for four seasons. She finished her collegiate playing career ranked third in program history with 383 assists. Her .774 free throw percentage and 121 games played are the ninth highest on the team’s career list. In addition, her 136 assists during her senior campaign and 12 assists against CSU Bakersfield in 2012 rank sixth on the single-season and single-game lists, respectively.
After graduation, Wideman spent the 2015 season playing professional basketball. As a member of Breidablik, in Iceland’s Domino’s League, she averaged 18.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
In 2018 she was awarded her master's degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M with Summa Cum Laude honors.
“Arielle is a going to be a tremendous recruiter,” Craighead said, “The fact that she has competed as a point guard at this level gives me the ability to expand roles and have her help develop our young point guards. Her energy is contagious and she has been mentored by some of the best in our business. We are extremely lucky to have her join our staff.”
Dan Muscatell, Special Assistant to the Head Coach
Muscatell transitions to this new position after four years on the bench as an assistant coach. In his new role, he is responsible for handling all of the business operations of the program, including budget management, game scheduling and team travel. He will be a liaison between the coaching staff and external constituent groups and programs as well as leading the team’s fundraising activities. In addition, he will assist with on-campus recruiting and campus visit planning and logistics as well as be the primary coordinator of all camps & clinics.
“This new role will fit what Dan does best,” Craighead said, “while also allowing him the flexibility of not being out on road recruiting. He’ll be my right hand man and take on a role which allows me to focus on coaching and recruiting. Dan has been a head coach and knows the value of having someone around who can free you up to concentrate strictly on on court responsibilities. This move will help to continue to build our program.
Jourdan Willard Resigns
Willard spent the last 10 years on the sideline with Craighead, from 2009 to 2013 at Sacramento State and the last five seasons on the Spartans bench. She began her coaching career when she accepted the Director of Basketball Operations position for the Hornets and has been with Coach Craighead ever since.
“I have enjoyed my time in coaching over the last 10 years and the meaningful relationships I have cultivated through basketball. I will always cherish them,” Willard said. “At this time I am ready to pursue something outside athletics including completing my master’s degree and then pursuing a career in teaching.”
“Ten years ago I started working with Jourdan, who would become one of the best assistant coaches I have had the pleasure with which to work,” Craighead said. “She never set out to get credit or recognition for herself instead choosing to stay devoted to our program and our players’ success, on the court, in the classroom and in life.
“I have been very fortunate to have her on my staff for this long and I'm not sure how I will feel the first time I turn around and she's not on our bench. She has taken the brunt of my frustration with players, referees, and anything that goes wrong during the course of a practice, game, and all other areas of the program. Jourdan has been my sounding board. She always let me take the public credit for the success, which I would never have had without her on my staff. I know I haven’t said ‘Thank You’ enough.”
Alle Moreno, an assistant coach who has been with the program since the 2014-15 school year, will remain on Craighead’s staff and is the coordinator for the 2019 recruiting class.
“Alle has done a great job of growing as a coach and recruiter,” Craighead said. “I look to rely on her even more this year. The changes in our staff will give her new opportunities to expand her role within the program. She is a rising star in our business, and I’m happy we will continue to work together.”