Azzi as the coach of University of San Francisco
|Born||August 31, 1968|
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Listed weight||143 lb (65 kg)|
|High school||Oak Ridge (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)|
|WNBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Shock|
|1996–1998||San Jose Lasers|
|2000–2003||Utah Starzz/San Antonio Silver Stars|
|2010–2016||University of San Francisco|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Jennifer Lynn Azzi (born August 31, 1968)is a former basketball coach, most recently the head coach of the women's team at the University of San Francisco. Azzi is also a former collegiate and professional basketball player, as well as an Olympic and FIBA world champion.
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Azzi received a scholarship and played point guard for Stanford University's women's basketball team from 1987 to 1990. During her four years at Stanford, the Cardinal compiled a 101-23 win-loss record,and captured two Pac-10 titles.
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During her senior year (1990), Azzi led the Cardinal to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship,defeating Auburn.
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Her individual accomplishments included:
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Azzi graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's Degree in economics.
Azzi went to middle school at Jefferson Junior High, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
In 1988, Azzi was named to the Jones Cup team. The USA team ended the competition with a 3–2 record, but that was enough to secure the silver medal. Azzi averaged 5.4 points per game.
Azzi was a member of the USA National team at the 1990 World Championships, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team won their opening round games fairly easily, with the closest of the first three games a 27-point victory over Czechoslovakia. Then they faced Cuba, a team that had beaten the USA in exhibition matches only a few weeks earlier. The USA team was losing at halftime, but came back to win 87–78. The USA team found itself behind at halftime to Canada in their next game, but came back to win easily 95–70. After an easy match against Bulgaria, in which Azzi hit three of four three-pointers, and scored a team high 13 points, the USA team faced Czechoslovakia again, end achieved an almost identical result, winning 87–59. In the title match, the USA team won the gold medal with a score of 88–78. Azzi averaged 4.6 points per game, and recorded 15 assists, second highest on the team.
Azzi played with the USA team at the 1991 Pan American Games. The team finished with a record of 4–2, but managed to win the bronze medal. The USA team lost a three-point game to Brazil, then responded with wins over Argentina and Cuba, earning a spot in the medal round. The next game was a rematch against Cuba, and this time the team from Cuba won a five-point game. The USA beat Canada easily to win the bronze. Azzi averaged 6.7 points per game.
Azzi was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team at the 1994 Goodwill Games, which was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Azzi was named to the USA national team and competed in the 1994 World Championships, held in June 1994 in Sydney, Australia. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer, and won their first six games, when they faced Brazil. In a closely contested, high-scoring game, Brazil hit ten of ten free throws in the final minute to secure a 110–107 victory. The USA won a close final game against Australia 100–95 to earn the bronze medal. Azzi averaged 4.9 points per game, while recording 16 assists, third highest on the team.
She also won a gold medal while playing for the U.S. women's basketball team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Azzi played for the USA Basketball National Team in a five-game Australian Tour event in 1998, as part of the Goldmark Cup team. The USA and Australian teams had qualified for the 2000 Olympics, and agreed to play five games in five cities in Australia. The Australians won the first three games and the USA team won the last two.
She was one of six core players selected for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but she withdrew herself from consideration to avoid the extensive touring.
Azzi began her professional basketball career playing in the United States when she joined the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1996 to 1999. She was one of the cofounders of the league.Her participation in the league ended when the ABL declared bankruptcy on December 22, 1998. Shortly afterward, she started a training camp for adults in San Jose, California.
In 1999, Azzi was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fifth overall) in the WNBA Draft. She helped lead the Shock into the playoffs that year.
Just prior to the 2000 season, Azzi was traded to the Utah Starzz.She remained with the team when the franchise relocated to San Antonio, Texas and changed its name to the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2003.
In February 2004, Azzi announced her retirement from professional basketball.
Azzi became the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of San Francisco in 2010.On March 8, 2016, Azzi lead the Dons to a 70-68 upset over the BYU Cougars in the WCC tournament championship game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which was the Dons' first appearance since the 1996-97 season. On September 15, 2016, Azzi stepped down as head coach of the Dons to pursue new career opportunities.
Azzi served on the Board of Directors of USA Basketball for the 2005-2008 term.She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Azzi is now a motivational speaker, residing in Mill Valley, California.She also runs a youth basketball camp every summer held at Tamalpais High School called Azzi Camp.
In December 2014, Azzi was announced as one of the six recipients of the 2015 Silver Anniversary Awards, presented annually by the NCAA to outstanding former student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the end of their college sports careers. The award is based on both athletic and professional success.
On March 31, 2016, Azzi publicly came out as gay, announcing her marriage to USF assistant Blair Hardiek, while introducing Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts at the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel. About coming out, Azzi said, "I, too, lived a long time not being 100 percent honest. Kind of the don't-ask-don't-tell kinda of thing. And it's so stupid. I don't know why we do that, but we do that. I'm a college coach. Is it going to hurt me with recruiting? What are people going to think? And you are constantly worrying about those things. What I realized in watching Rick in his path and his journey is that there is nothing more powerful than living the truth. And the best thing I can do for my team is be authentic and true to myself."
|San Francisco Dons (West Coast Conference)(2010–present)|
|2014–15||San Francisco||19–14||8–10||6th||WNIT First Round|
|2015–16||San Francisco||21–12||9–9||6th||NCAA First Round|
|San Francisco:||73–114 (.390)||31–68 (.313)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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