Tom Lochner | Assistant Coach
Tom Lochner was Lafayette coach Kia Damon's first hire when she took the head coaching job at Lafayette, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience of the sidelines of successful collegiate and high school programs.
"I am very excited to have Tom on staff. Our players are going to thrive under his tutelage," Damon said. "I have known him for well over 15 years and I have always been impressed with his demeanor, knowledge of the game and work ethic. We share a similar philosophy on the value of education through sport and our role in the process. Tom has played an integral role in building successful programs throughout his career and I am very confident he will do the same here at Lafayette."
Lochner spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware, where he helped the program average 21 wins per season en route to a 130-63 record. His assistant coaching tenure under Tina Martin ended with her retirement in April. It was highlighted by the 2012-13 season during which the Blue Hens finished with a 32-4 record, and an undefeated mark in conference play.
Delaware also captured a CAA Tournament title for its second straight season and made the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. That team was led by two-time NCAA All-American and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year, Elena Delle Donne.
Prior to Delaware, Lochner spent 23 seasons (1987-2010) on the women's basketball staff at La Salle, including the final six (2004-10) as the Explorers' head coach. During his time in Philadelphia, the Explorers racked up 296 overall wins to go along with two NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT berth. As head coach, he earned 2006-07 Big 5 Coach of the Year honors after leading La Salle to 19 wins. He finished his head coaching career with a 71-102 record.
Lochner started his career in 1983 as head girls' basketball coach at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, N.Y. from 1983-87 where he compiled an 88-13 record. He led his alma mater to a 1986 New York State Championship and was acknowledged as New York State Section II Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1986. In 2010-11, Lochner served as an assistant coach at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia after his lengthy La Salle tenure ended.
A 1989 graduate of Temple University, Lochner earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration in 1989 and later secured his master's degree in Sports Management in 1997 from Temple. During his time at La Salle, he completed a second master's degree, this in Elementary/Special Education in 2006.
Lochner resides in Willow Grove, Pa. with his wife Beth. Their son, Curtis Lochner, is a junior on the Delaware men's basketball team while daughter, Samantha, is a sophomore on the St. Peter's University women's basketball team.
Natalie Jarrett | Assistant Coach
Natalie Jarrett begins her first season on Kia Damon's Lafayette women's basketball coaching staff and will serve as the recruiting coordinator and post coach.
Jarrett was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Prior to her time at Lipscomb, she spent four seasons on the staff at the University of California Santa Barbara as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. That tenure was highlighted by a 2012 Big West Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prior to getting into collegiate coaching, Jarrett was a physical education teacher and head girls' basketball coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Calif. In her six seasons (2005-11), Jarrett coached her squad to four conference titles and the program advanced to the CIF championship game in her final year.
She was the head coach for the Cal Sparks AAU team (2009-11) and U-15 GBL Lady Rebels (2007-09) and also worked as an assistant coach for the U-16 Team Elite (2007-09). Jarrett got her coaching career started at the Pilgrim School in Los Angeles (2003-05).
Born in Jamaica, Jarrett grew up in Wenatchee, Wash. and played her college basketball at UCLA where she was a four-year letterwinner. In her sophomore season of 2001, the Bruins finished second in the Pac 10 and secured an NCAA Tournament appearance. Jarrett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2003. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University in 2013.
"Natalie is a great addition to our staff," Damon said. "I wanted to hire a coach who is not only competent in teaching the game, but also one who connects well with people. Natalie has a diverse background and her experiences as a player, educator and coach will enrich the experience of our players."
Jennifer Montoya | Assistant Coach
Jennifer Montoya embarks on her coaching career under the tutelage of Kia Damon and will work with the program's guards. Montoya comes to College Hill after spending the last six seasons working with the Penn State women's basketball staff. In 2016-17, she was the director of scouting and video operations for the Big 10 program. During the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, she served as a recruiting assistant and special projects coordinator.
Her involvement with Penn State basketball coincided with her time as an undergraduate at the school, working as an intern and head travel manager (2010-14) while seeing the Lady Lions win three straight Big Ten titles from 2012-14. Following Penn State's 2013 championship season, Montoya garnered WNBA internship experience with the Minnesota Lynx.
In 2014, the native of Los Alamitos, Calif. graduated from Penn State with dual degrees in International Politics and Global and International Studies (with minors in Spanish and Latino Studies). She earned her master's degree in International Affairs in 2016.
"I have watched Jennifer grow from a student manager to most recently serving as women's basketball's Director of Scouting and Video Technology at Penn State," Damon said. "I have always been very impressed with her work ethic and her selfless nature. She will make an immediate impact with her knowledge of analytics, commitment to developing players both on and off the court, and recruiting."
Hannah Stewart-Gambino | Faculty Mentor
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