SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former Gonzaga and Saint Mary's coach Cynthia
Mayes was named assistant women's basketball coach at Sacramento
State, it was announced today by head coach Carolyn Jenkins.
Mayes will join Jenkins and current assistant Sarah Stapp on the
Hornet sidelines for the upcoming season. Jenkins still plans to add
a graduate assistant before the season.
"Cynthia is a great person and a great coach," Jenkins said. "She's
definitely one of the up-and-coming coaches in our profession. She
brings four years of coaching experience to our program and she's a
Mayes spent last season as an assistant at Gonzaga under head coach
Kelly Graves. Prior to that, the Citrus Heights, Calif., native
coached three seasons at Saint Mary's (1997-2000).
Her coaching career began as an associate head coach with the
Sacramento Capitals AAU team in the summer of 1998. She guided the
squad to the "Battle of the Bay" championship and also served as
coordinator for the Sacramento Basketball Festival.
A 1993 graduate of Del Campo High School, Mayes played four years at
both the point and shooting guard positions at Pepperdine University
(1993-97) Mayes, who played 98 career games for the Waves, was a
three-time West Coast Conference all-academic selection.
At Del Campo, she was a two-time first team all-Capital Athletic
League selection and became the third player in school history to
break the 1,000-point scoring barrier.
She graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Sports Administration
and minor in Sports Medicine. She is currently pursuing a master's
degree in counseling.