Kathy Connell joined the Pomona-Pitzer coaching staff in 1996, and is entering her 20th season at the helm of the Sagehens in 2015-16. She has 40 years of head coaching experience in her career, as she previously coached women's basketball at Occidental College for four years, Division I Colgate University for twelve years, and Smith College for four years.
Connell had an immediate impact on the Pomona-Pitzer program, tallying a 53-23 overall record in her first three seasons at the helm, including two SCIAC titles and a high of 19 wins in the 1996-97 campaign, when the Sagehens participated in the NCAA Division III Tournament. She added a third SCIAC Championship in 2002, with a 54-51 overtime win over Occidental in the regular season finale to earn another NCAA bid.
While at Colgate, Connell coached the Raiders to a 19-win season in 1980-81 (19-6) and added a 16-11 campaign in 1985-86. Her last two seasons at Smith College saw her teams compile a 23-13 record.
Connell graduated with a physical education degree in 1975 from Springfield College, where she also earned her M.S. in administration. In 2004 she received her Ed D. in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Connell spent two years at Duchess Community College, where she played volleyball and basketball, before entering Springfield, where she played two more years of collegiate volleyball.
In addition to her head coaching duties, Connell is a professor of physical education at Pomona College.
Dominick Copas is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball program in 2015-16, after previously working for SCIAC rival La Verne for eight years. He was on the coaching staff for three championship squads with the Leopards, including back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 after winning the first one in 2003.
A 1988 graduate of the La Verne, Copas earned his degree in business administration and was inducted into the La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame in March 2009 after a standout baseball career with the Leopards as a member of three SCIAC Championship baseball squads. One of the top power hitters in the SCIAC, he led La Verne in both home runs and runs batted in two of the three seasons (1986, 1987) and topped the squad in batting average in 1987.
Copas also teaches web design at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, and is working on his administrative credential while coaching varsity football.
Copas resides in Rancho Cucamonga with wife Anne and their three children: Jennifer, Amanda and Dominick, Jr. His daughter Amanda was an All-SCIAC point guard for La Verne, before graduating in 2013.
|Title:||Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A., Pomona; M.Ed., Claremont Graduate University|
Former Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball player Raquel Viramontes enters her first season as an assistant coach with the program in 2015-16.
One of the top long-range shooters in Pomona-Pitzer history, Viramontes still ranks tied for third on the single-season three-point list with 52 in 2005-06. Her 90 three-pointers ranks sixth on the career list, despite only playing two seasons after transferring from Rio Hondo College.
Viramontes has spent the last six years as the head girls basketball coach at Baldwin Park High School, where she also works as a biology teacher. She helped turn the program around from a 29-80 record from 2004-2008 before she started, to top three finishes in the league and qualifying for CIF in every season from 2011-2015. She also trained and evaluated assistant coaches, who helped produce multiple lower level league titles (frosh/JV teams) and assisted the Baldwin Park athletic director with scheduling, fundraising, budget development and obtaining scholarship assistance.
Viramontes graduated from Pomona in 2008 with a degree in biology and went on to earn her master's in education from Claremont Graduate University in 2009, while earning her biology/science credential.