The 2017-2018 season will be Jill Pace’s second season as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer women’s basketball team.
Prior to Pomona-Pitzer, Pace spent two years as assistant coach at Tufts University where she coached under the 2015 U.S. Marine Corps/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year Carla Berube. Pace was a key member of Berube's staff, helping the team reach the Division III National Championship, where the Jumbos finished as the runner-up to Thomas More College. While Pace was an assistant at Tufts, the Jumbos tallied a 58-7 overall record and two consecutive Final Four appearances.
Before coaching at Tufts, Pace was an assistant coach at Smith College and helped the team make its first ever NCAA tournament appearance and record the first-ever NCAA tournament win in program history.
Pace (formerly Jill Henrikson) played Division III college basketball at Bowdoin College. During her time as a Polar Bear, Pace won one NESCAC Championship and made NCAA tournament appearances during all four years. She was a captain in her senior season, an All-NESCAC selection, a NESCAC All-Academic selection, a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and was a 1,000-point scorer for the Polar Bears.
Pace graduated from Bowdoin in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and gender and women's studies and then obtained a master's degree from Smith in 2014 in exercise and sport studies.
She currently resides in Claremont with her husband, Joe and is originally from Bath, ME.
Former Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball player Raquel Viramontes enters her third season as an assistant coach with the program in 2017-18.
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 spent six years as the head girls basketball coach at Baldwin Park High School, where she currently works as a science 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.
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. She was named one of LA County’s top 16 Teachers of the Year in the Fall of 2017.
Toni Smith is entering her first season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball coaching staff in 2017-18.
Smith comes to Pomona-Pitzer after a successful playing career at Fresno State where she was part of teams that won back-to-back Mountain West Conference championships, followed by trips to the NCAA tournament. In her senior year, Smith was a team captain, leading scorer, and made the Mountain West All-Tournament Team.
Following graduation, Smith went on to play in China for the All-Star USA team, and started her coaching career as an assistant at Clovis East High School. Smith then became the head coach of the nationally ranked AAU Team, Fresno Lady Heat, coaching their 16/17U team.
Smith graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and is originally from Oklahoma City, OK.