NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball Head Coach Cameron Newbauer announced Tuesday the addition of Lindy La Rocque (LA ROCK) as a new assistant coach for the 2015-16 campaign.
La Rocque comes to the Bruins after two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of coach Sherri Coale. During her time with the Sooners, she assisted with recruiting, social media, video, team on-campus activities as well as the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball program.
"We are thrilled to have Lindy join our family. She brings a great passion for the game and a drive for excellence that is contagious," Newbauer said. "Anytime you can make an addition to your staff of someone who has been mentored by two of the best coaches in our game, you can't help but be excited! She will be an asset on and off the court as she truly embodies what our program and university stands for here at Belmont."
La Rocque played on four Women's Final Four teams while a guard at Stanford University from 2009-12. She appeared in 138 career games, helping the team compile a 137-12 record during the span. She earned 43 starts under legendary Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer.
"It sounds cliché, but from the moment I met Coach Cam, I felt a special connection to what he is trying to accomplish here at Belmont. Belmont's academic standards and Christian values line up perfectly with the priorities I have set in my life," said La Rocque.
"I am so thrilled and honored that Coach Cam wants me to be a part of this staff. I think I can bring the same high-energy that he and the staff demonstrates on and off the court. I am grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to diving into this program and getting started. I would like to thank Coach Newbauer and Mr. Strickland for welcoming me into the Belmont family."
Basketball runs in the Las Vegas native's blood. Lindy is the daughter of Al and Beverly La Rocque. Her father played under legendary coach Lute Olsen at Long Beach City College, leading the team to state championships before finishing his career at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Hall of Famer after a 34-year career in the Clark County School District. Her sister, Ally, works for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
What Others are Saying about Lindy La Rocque
"Lindy is very energetic, positive, hard-working and knowledgeable. She is very passionate about the game and will add a lot to the program. I am really happy for Lindy and expect great things from her."
- Tara VanDerveer, Head Coach Stanford University, Basketball HoF Class of 2011
"Lindy La Rocque is, first and foremost, a hard, hard worker. No job is too small, and her approach to her work, regardless of size and scope, is the same—do it as well as it can possibly be done. She is passionate and energetic, and she has a great love for young people and the game of basketball. I think Belmont got a future star."
- Sherri Coale, Head Coach University of Oklahoma