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Asami Morita hired as Nevada women’s basketball assistant coach

Asami Morita was named an assistant coach for the Nevada women’s basketball program Monday.

“We are excited to have Asami join our Wolf Pack Family,” Wolf Pack head coach Amanda Levens said in a news release. “She brings great coaching experience and will add tremendous value to our program. She has done a fantastic job the past seven seasons at Robert Morris and we have no doubt she will have a positive impact at Nevada.”

In seven seasons at Robert Morris, the Colonials made five Northeast Conference championship games, winning three titles in 2016, 2017, and 2019. RMU went 133-78 (.630) since 2014-15 and won four consecutive NEC regular-season titles over that span.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the Nevada women’s basketball program,” Morita said in a news release. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Levens and the rest of this incredible coaching staff who share the same values and focus on the development of student-athletes and be part of their growth on and off the court.”

Prior to Robert Morris, Morita was an assistant coach for the Shiga Lakestars, a professional men’s basketball team in the Basketball Japan League. Morita was responsible for recruitment of international players, coordinating team travel, scouting and served as the team’s interpreter.

Morita was the head coach at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan from February 2011-April 2013. She led her squad to its first Sweet 16 appearance in the All Kansai Women’s Basketball Championship and Western Japan Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball Championship. Kansai also had second-place conference finishes in 2011 and 2012, posting marks of 7-1 both seasons with Morita at the helm.

Morita began her coaching career at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., where she was an assistant during the 2009-10 season. Morita was responsible for all aspects of video, breaking down individual performance, opponent scouting, and film exchange. In addition, she monitored student-athlete academic progress, team travel, and budget.

Morita graduated in 2007 with a degree in commerce from Kansai University, where she was also a student assistant with the women’s basketball team. She went on to do her post-graduate work at Idaho State, earning a Master of Physical Education in athletic administration in 2009.

Morita replaces Jazmin Pitts, who spent two seasons as a full-time assistant at Nevada before accepting an assistant position at Southern Illinois Edwardsville, her alma mater, this offseason.

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