|Title:||Women's Basketball Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A. - Springfield College; M.S. - Springfield College; PhD - University of La Verne|
Coach Kathy Connell wants her teams to "play hard and smart - and smart implies playing together," and feels that the "winning will take care of itself."
Connell joined the Pomona-Pitzer coaching staff in 1996, and is entering her 19th season at the helm of the Sagehens in 2014-15. She has over 30 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 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. While at
Springfield, she played two more years of collegiate
In addition to her head coaching duties, she teaches physical education classes at Pomona College.
Dominick Copas is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball program in 2014-15, 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 the 2003 and 2007 SCIAC Championship teams, along with the 2008 SCIAC Tournament champs.
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 in his spare time.
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.