PALATINE HILL -- Pamela Findlay, who was part of a coaching staff that led Washington and Lee to increased victories and playoff progression in four years with the Generals, has been hired as Lewis & Clark's head women's basketball coach, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine announced on Thursday.
Findlay joins the Pioneers after serving as an assistant coach for four seasons at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va. During her tenure, the Generals went from single-digit win totals to 16 and 17 victories in each of the last two seasons. Last year, Washington and Lee made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, with two of Findlay's prior three teams making the quarterfinals.
She inherits a program that won the Northwest Conference regular season championship in 2013 and has the third-most outright NWC titles since 1993 in the nine-team conference. The Pios have also had four conference players of the year during the span, the second-most in the league.
"We are proud to welcome Pamela into the Lewis & Clark community and have her lead our women's basketball program," said Levine. "She brings a background of success at a liberal arts institution and great passion for Division III athletics. Pamela will provide an excellent experience for our student-athletes and build champions in the classroom, competition, character and community."
"I'm excited to help these young women succeed at such a great institution that embraces all of the values of Division III," said Findlay. "I am eager to meet our current student-athletes, reach out to recruits and build upon the success that Lewis & Clark has had in the Northwest Conference."
Findlay competed at guard for the United States Air Force Academy where she was a four-year letterwinner. Her senior season, she was an All-Mountain West Conference Honorable Mention selection after averaging 10.7 points per game and serving as team captain. A four-time Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, she ranks 16th on Air Force's all-time scoring list with 955 points.
After her time as a student-athlete, Findlay joined the women's basketball staff at Bemidji State in Minnesota as a graduate assistant coach and earned a Master of Science degree in sports studies.
Findlay is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
"I'm such a believer in maximizing the fitness and athleticism of our team. That Lewis & Clark has a strength and conditioning coach in Coach Ange [Dendas] is so valuable to our student-athletes," said Findlay.
Lewis & Clark also offers dedicated academic support to its student-athletes through the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Academic Support, Kayleigh McCauley.
The 2016-17 season of Lewis & Clark women's basketball begins in November.