Monday, June 23, 2014
Office of College Advancement
Liz Rizza to Coach Women’s Basketball AKA the “Ohlone Dream Team”
Fremont, CA—Coach Liz Rizza will start as Head Coach of the Ohlone Women’s Basketball Team, effective July 2014, and is looking forward to building on the legacy of the Ohlone Dream Team. Coach Rizza brings an eye for finding and developing talented players and using them to their best advantage. She has had the opportunity to work with a number of coaches as an assistant coach using her skills while benefiting from their tutelage, most recently Coach Wendy Shuller of Eastern Washington University.
Rizza joined EWU women's basketball as an assistant coach prior to 2013-14, working primarily in recruiting, in video operations to assist in post player development and academic support. Prior to EWU, Rizza was head coach of Dana Hills High School's JV squad and assistant coach for its varsity team for the 2012-13 season. She spent the summer of 2012 as camp director for Pepperdine University Elite, Kid’s, and Team Camps.
She worked as an intern coach for Coach Tara Vanderveer in the Stanford women's basketball 2011-‘12 season and traveled to the Final Four with the team. Her duties included conditioning, team practices and planning, and administration of individual and team basketball camps.
In 2009-2010 Rizza was assistant coach at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and worked as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Grinnell College, Iowa in 2008-2009. Rizza identified top recruits with 3 point shooting skills and her main emphasis was guard development and defensive specialist.
Between seasons in 2013, Rizza was an account executive for WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, soliciting corporate sponsorships, developing business partnerships and booking prime time and half time entertainment. In addition, Rizza has an extensive background in television. She spent several years as a Senior TV News Producer for a cable TV company in Iowa
Rizza played point guard at Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game. She was an impressive, driven player that would always go in for the shot. It’s worth taking a look at her video on You Tube to watch her play (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWoCNo8Aryk).
Rizza holds a Bachelor's degree in communication television production from Chatham University and a Master's of Science degree in parks, recreation and resource management from Slippery Rock University.
She currently lives in Palo Alto and enjoys traveling, being a proud member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) and working out. “She’ll bring a new energy, experience and dedication to the sport,” said Chris Warden, Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics. The Ohlone College Renegades are happy to welcome her to the team!
See also Rizza takes over Ohlone women's program, June 17, 2014, PrepCat, by John Murphy.