June 23, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Jason Flowers, the newly appointed Cal State Northridge women's basketball head coach, isn't wasting any time putting together a quality coaching staff. Bryan Camacho, Lindsey Foster and Christine Collins-Kiernan all have impressive basketball credentials and have been named assistant coaches, according to Flowers.
"Their coaching resumes speak for themselves," said Flowers. "Bryan, Lindsey and Christine are all great coaches who have been involved in highly successful basketball programs. What their resumes don't show are the type of people they are. Being a parent, these coaches are the type of people I would want to surround my own kids with. I am excited they are joining the Matador basketball program, but I am even more excited to have them join the program to serve as role models for our student-athletes."
Bryan Camacho hails from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank (CA) where he was the highly successful head coach of both the girls and boys teams in addition to serving as the school's athletic director. As the girls head coach (2000-04, 2006-10), Camacho coached Bell-Jeff to a 185-51 record. During the last four seasons, Bell-Jeff chalked up an impressive 104-22 mark including the 2009 California state championship. His coaching mark from 2000-04 was an impressive 81-29.
In addition to winning the 2009 California state title, during Camacho's two stints as head coach, his teams won three Santa Cruz Conference championships (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), earned two trips to the California State Tournament (2008-09, 2009-10), captured the 2009 CIF Division V-A Southern Section Championship, and earned a trip to the 2004 CIF Division IV-A Final Four and the 2003 CIF Division IV-A Southern Section finals.
Following the 2003-04 season at Bell-Jeff, Camacho began his tenure as a collegiate coach at the University of Great Falls-Montana. Camacho was responsible for a multitude of duties. Besides coaching, Camacho's duties included scouting, recruiting, fund raising, and strength and conditioning.
Camacho also served as the school's Athletic Director, teacher and assistant boys basketball coach at Bellarmine-Jefferson HS. Like Flowers, Camacho graduated from UCLA, earning his degree in History in 1996. Camacho added his Masters degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University in Irvine.
Following graduation from UCLA, Camacho began his coaching career as an assistant boy's basketball coach at Chaminade College Prepatory in West Hills (Ca) where he helped the program chalk up a 48-9 record, earn a trip to the 1997 CIF III Southern Section Final Four, and capture the 1998 CIF Division III Southern Section championship.
Before arriving at Cal State Northridge, Lindsey Foster was an assistant coach at UC Riverside since 2004. During the 2003-04 campaign, Foster served as an undergraduate assistant coach at her alma mater, Northern Arizona University.
As an assistant coach at UC Riverside, Foster helped elevate the Highlanders to one of the top collegiate women's basketball programs in the Western United States.
In six seasons as an assistant coach, UC Riverside enjoyed five winning seasons including a school record 21 wins in 2006-07, three trips to the NCAA Tournament, one journey to the women's NIT, and three championships at the Big West Tournament. In the last two seasons alone (2008-09, 2009-10), UC Riverside produced 36 wins, 25 victories in Big West competition, two post-season berths, and six all-conference players including the 2009 Big West Conference Player of the Year.
Foster graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2004 with a degree in Health Promotion, an emphasis in Secondary Education and a minor in Biology.
As a player at Northern Arizona, Foster is NAU's all-time leader in career assists, steals, and free throw percentage (.818). Foster's name appears in NAU's Top-10 in 14 other categories. A four-year starter and letter winner, Foster gained Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention honors twice. She was also a four-time Golden Eagle Scholar from 2000-03.
Christine Collins-Kiernan has also established herself as a winning coach. Collins-Kiernan arrives at CSUN after serving as an Assistant Coach at Mater Dei High School in Southern California. In three seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), Mater Dei chalked up an impressive 88-6 record. This past season (2009-10), the Monarchs won the Trinity League championship for the third straight year, their second-straight CIF Southern Section title, the Southern California Regional crown and the California state championship. Mater Dei finished 32-1 and was recognized as the No. 1 team in the nation by USA Today and Cal Hi Sports.
From 1996-2007, Collins-Kiernan served as an Associate Head Coach at Troy High School in Fullerton, Ca. During her tenure at Troy, Collins-Kiernan helped build the Warriors into a state power. During her tenure, Troy recorded a 317-33 record including eleven Freeway League titles, eight trips to the CIF finals, five CIF championships, and California state titles in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
As a coach for more than 13 years, Collins-Kiernan has succeeded in many facets of coaching including game preparation, scouting, strength and conditioning, game management, fund raising, marketing, and booster club development.
Collins-Kiernan graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2006 with a degree in Communicative Disorders.
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