Tricia Raniewicz has been hired as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University

Tricia Raniewicz (middle) has been hired as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.
Tricia Raniewicz (middle) has been hired as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.

For the past five seasons, Tricia Raniewicz has served as the Cerritos College women's basketball associate head coach. During her tenure with the Falcons, the team posted a 99-53 overall record (.651), capturing back-to-back South Coast Conference titles in 2009-10. During her final year at Cerritos, Raniewicz was named Adjunct Professor of the Year – one of just two such honors awarded annually by the college.

Tricia Raniewicz has accepted a coaching position at Pepperdine University. “I feel blessed to be here on a campus with such high standards in terms of faith and academics," said Raniewicz on the Peppdedine website. “It has been a very positive experience coming in and getting to know the team. This is a group of great young women and I'm looking forward to building the program and getting out there to recruit more student-athletes who represent all the wonderful aspects of Pepperdine University.”

Prior to joining the Falcon coaching staff, she spent the 2007-08 year as the head varsity coach at LaSalle High School in Pasadena and also served as an assistant coach at Menlo College (2006-07) while helping lead them to a 25-3 record and #7 national ranking. Her coaching career also includes serving as a varsity assistant coach at Mater Dei High (2005-06) under current Pepperdine head coach Ryan Reisenberg, while her career started as a graduate assistant coach from 2003-05 at Cal State Fullerton. During the summer of 2007, Raniewicz was a video coordinator and scout for the Houston Comets of the WNBA, and worked alongside Weisenberg.

Raniewicz began the coaching journey as a graduate assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton (2003-05), following a successful collegiate playing career. After spending her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, Raniewicz transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where she was the team captain her senior year. A highly decorated prep player at Our Lady of Mercy High in Rochester, NY, Raniewicz was selected the Rochester Player of the Year in 1999, while she was also a three-time league Most Valuable Player and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

“We are really excited about this coaching staff as a whole,” Weisenberg said. “All of them will do a phenomenal job of developing players and putting them in a position to succeed on the court and in the classroom. Coach Trisha is going to be great for our perimeter players and will really make them work."

Stepping in to take over the assistant coaching duties along with head coach Karen Welliver is former Falcon Nicole (McCarthy) Hyde, will be starting her second stint on the coaching staff. From 2003-04, Hyde served as an assistant coach after playing for Cerritos from 2001-03.  For the last five seasons, Hyde has been coaching at La Mirada High.