Ladies Basketball Adds Assistants Keene, Montz to Staff
Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Head Coach
Elizabeth Wamsley

SHREVEPORT – Centenary head women’s basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the additions of Jason Keene and Rebecca Montz as assistants to the Ladies program.  They replace former assistant Jay Butler, who is currently the women’s tennis coach at Louisiana Tech.


Keene brings over ten years of successful coaching experience from the high school and junior college level to Centenary. He began his coaching career at Chipola Junior College with the men’s program in 1993 under current Middle Tennessee State head coach Kermit Davis, Jr. He helped the Indians to a 27-5 record, a Panhandle Conference Championship, and a State Final Four appearance.  His 1994-95 squad entered the season ranked #1 in the preseason national polls and finished with a 22-8 record.


After a stint in the prep ranks, Keene returned to his roots at Chipola as the head coach of the Lady Indians in 2000, taking a team picked to finish last in conference to a 15-15, 4th place finish.  His 2001-02 team broke the .500 mark with a 16-14 record and another 4th place finish.  In 2002-03, his squad earned their first top 25 national ranking as they fought through a tough Panhandle Conference to earn a State Tournament berth. Their 20 wins were good enough to earn the Lady Indians to the women’s program’s first State Final Four.  Keene left Chipola before the start of the 2003-04 season, but saw a team of his recruits ranked as high as #8 in the NJCAA polls repeat with over 20 victories and an appearance in the State Quarterfinals.


“I am very excited to have Coach Keene on staff,” Wamsley said.  “He brings a wealth of coaching experience from various aspects of the game of basketball to our team.  I have no doubt that his knowledge of the game coupled with his enthusiasm and drive will make him a valued asset in our program.”


A two-year letter winner at Jacksonville University, Montz earned back-to-back Academic All-Conference accolades in the Atlantic Sun Conference, posting a team-high 3.5 grade point average for the 2004-05 season.  She started every game in her two years with the Dolphins, averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 assists, and a .329 three-point field goal percentage her junior year, and 10.7 points, 2.9 assists, and a .373 three-point percentage as a senior.


A two-year starter for fellow incoming Centenary coach Keene at Chipola, Montz twice earned Panhandle All-Conference and All-Academic honors for the Lady Indians.  As a sophomore, she averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists and earned a spot on the state all-tournament team as Chipola made a state semi-finals appearance.


“Coach Montz brings a tremendously successful playing background in our coaching staff,” said Wamsley. “She understands, from a player’s perspective, what is takes to succeed both on the court and in the classroom, and I fully anticipate her using that understanding to relay the valuable attributes of a winner to our players.”