Ducks Name Bianca Ziemann as WBB Assistant Coach
In a statement released by the University of Oregon, Bianca Ziemann has been selected as the new Women’s Basketball assistant coaching, replacing Keila Whittington, who resigned to assume a position at the University of Memphis.
Ziemann leaves her current position with Loyola Marymount’s WBB program to join the Oregon staff. She earned her undergraduate degree from LMU in business management, as well as a minor in economics, in May of 2006.
“I’m very excited to have Bianca join our staff and believe she will make an immediate impact on our program,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “She has exhibited a lot of energy as both a coach and a player, and possesses the personality that will fit well with our team. She has excelled as a recruiter in the state of California, which is an area of her expertise we need to take advantage of.”
Ziemann excelled as a two-sport athlete at Edison High School (Huntington Beach, Cali.), lettering in basketball and track and field. She then lettered four years at LMU (2002-06), serving as captain her final two seasons. She lead the Lions to the WCC Championship and an NCAA tournament bid in 2004, losing to the Baylor Bears in round one.
Ziemann then played professionally for Amazone, Netherlands from 2006-2007. She guided the team to Final Four and Semi-final appearances, as well as starting in Netherlands’ All-Star game.
She then returned to her old stomping grounds, beginning her coaching career with Edison High School’s girls’ basketball team. The Chargers (2008-09) finished with a 25-5 record, with Ziemann as an assistant, claiming the Sunset League championship and a CIF runner-up finish before reaching the quarterfinals in the state playoffs.
Prior to returning to coach at LMU, Ziemann spent two seasons with Southern Utah (2009-11) coordinating recruiting, managing day-to-day activities and game-day strategies. She also served as an assistant coach with the Swish Black basketball club (Costa Mesa, Cali.) during her final three months with LMU.
Ziemann wowed fans as a player with her lightning speed and electric play. Her specialties as a coach include development of guard play, the same position she played in college and professionally.
Under Westhead’s high-octane system, Ziemann can help Oregon’s current stable of guards develop nicely. Oregon’s Junior star Ariel Thomas (8.9 PPG) will be Ziemann’s best weapon.
With another four months before the start of the Ducks’ season, Ziemann will have plenty of time to adjust and help implement her tools in Westhead’s system. Westhead, known as the “Guru of Go”, likes to use his guards actively and force fast breaks and transition buckets. Ziemann, being a former guard herself, brings a similar mindset to the team.
The Oregon women will be traveling to Spain this summer for offseason conditioning.
“It’s an absolute honor to join the University of Oregon, an experienced women’s basketball staff and to coach alongside a true legend of the sport in Paul Westhead,” Ziemann said. “I’m excited for a successful summer of recruiting, the preseason and an overall great 2012-13 season. Go Ducks!”