Broncos hire former SMC hoops standout

jr headshotFormer Saint Mary’s women’s basketball standout JR Payne ’99 was named the ninth head women’s basketball coach in Santa Clara University history over the weekend.

A former head coach at Southern Utah and an assistant at Gonzaga, Boise State and Santa Clara, Payne was a four-year letterwinner who helped the Gaels earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1999.  The North Vancouver, British Columbia native was named a first-team all-West Coast Conference point guard as a senior.

Payne and Nevada men’s basketball coach David Carter are believed to be the only Saint Mary’s graduates to serve as NCAA Division I head coaches.

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About Richard Kilwien

Associate AD at the University of Texas at Arlington
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