Cecilia Russell-Nava Joins Women's Basketball Staff

San Jose, Calif.----A successful New Mexico State University assistant coach and student-athlete, Cecilia Russell-Nava joins the San Jose State University women's basketball program as an assistant coach.

Russell-Nava's duties with San Jose State include academic monitoring, recruiting, overseeing community outreach and film exchange.

"I'm really excited to come back to the Bay Area and get the opportunity to recruit local talent," says Russell-Nava, who was born in Santa Cruz, Calif. "As a player and coach in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference), I feel I can contribute to San Jose State with my knowledge I've gained from facing these opponents and knowing the style of play."

Russell-Nava joins the Spartan coaching staff after four seasons on the Aggie coaching staff. In 2010, New Mexico State accepted its first bid to play in the Women's National Invitational Tournament - the school's first post-season appearance since 1994. In her first season of coaching, she was a graduate assistant for the 2008 season. New Mexico State won 23 games in 2008, the first time since 1996 that the Aggies finished with a winning record and won at least 20 games in a season. During her time on the Aggies' coaching staff, 10 players earned all-conference awards.

A starting guard on the 2005 through 2007 New Mexico State teams, the Aggies reached the WAC Tournament championship game her junior and senior seasons. In the record books, she ranks second in program history in 3-point field goals attempted (543) and third in 3-pointers made (172).

Russell-Nava was the WAC leader in 3-pointers made hitting 78 her junior season. As a senior, she set a single-season school record for most 3-point field goals attempted and she was named to the 2007 WAC All-Tournament team.

The 2007 New Mexico State graduate majored in business marketing. She is currently studying for a master's in education, curriculum and instruction at New Mexico State University.