The ten years under head coach Rosanne Scott are the most successful span in the history of the Westminster College women’s basketball program.
Entering her 11th year as head coach in 2012-13, Scott guided Westminster to a pair of 20-win seasons and berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2005 and 2007. The 2005 team won the program’s first and only Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships and advanced to the second round of the national tournament, while the 2007 team set a new school record for wins with a 22-7 record before qualifying for the NCAA playoffs.
Scott, a two-time PAC Coach of the Year, owns a ten-year record of 130-139 (.483), including a 62-68 record (.477) in PAC games. The Titans played in the PAC championship game in five out of seven years from 2004-10.
At the age of 24, Scott was the youngest collegiate basketball coach in the country at any level at the time she was hired in April 2002. In her second season she was named PAC Coach of Year after leading the team to the PAC tournament finals.
Some of the best players in program history have played under Scott, including Emilee Ackerman (2004-08), Desiree Sterling (2003-07) and Erica Tallo (2001-05), three of the top four scorers in school history. Ackerman became the program’s first player to earn an honorable mention for the All-America team after she ranked third in the nation in scoring (23.5 points per game) in 2008 and became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,483 points.
Prior to being promoted to head coach, Scott served as assistant coach for two seasons at Westminster, first as an athletic assistant in 2000-01, and then as a full-time assistant in 2001-02.
Scott is a 2000 graduate of Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., where, as a player, she earned two honorable mentions for the All-America team. Scott was also twice named PAC Player of the Year and she earned first-team all-PAC honors all four years.
Scott, a native of nearby Struthers, Ohio, completed her master’s degree in counselor education at Westminster. She resides in New Wilmington.
Scott's Yearly Records at Westminster:
|Season||Overall Record||PAC Record||PAC Finish|
|Totals (10 years)||130-139 (.483)||62-68 (.477)|
NCAA-1 = Includes 0-1 record in the NCAA Division III Tournament
NCAA-2 = Includes 1-1 record in the NCAA Division III Tournament
Jayme Thiem enters her second year as an assistant coach for the Westminster women’s basketball team in 2012-13.
A native of Cold Spring, Ky., Thiem spent two years as an assistant coach at Thomas More College, where she was a two-year All-American before graduating in December 2009.
During Thiem’s two years as a player at Thomas More, the Saints compiled a 57-3 record and made two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. A team captain in 2009, Thiem earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in 2008 and 2009 and she was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year in 2008. Prior to attending Thomas More, Thiem lettered two years at Division I Eastern Kentucky after graduating from Newport Central Catholic High School in 2005.
As a coach, Thiem helped guide Thomas More to a 56-5 record in two seasons, including two NCAA tournament appearances. She was responsible for recruiting and guard development.