USC women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb has filled three support staff positions as she enters her first year at the helm of the program, bringing USC grads Courtney Jaco and Addison Lee back into the fold and adding former UC Santa Barbara director of operations Ashlee Klingenberg on board. Klingenberg will serve in that same role, while Jaco comes in as USC’s director of player personnel and Lee takes to position of director of video and analytics.
“One of my top priorities when I accepted the job at USC was to build the most student-athlete centered program that we could,” Gottlieb said.” There is so much more to coaching young women in college than simply X’s and O’s. I want to provide the highest level of guidance and direction on and off the court for our players in the pursuit of excellence.”
Courtney Jaco was a member of USC’s 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Championship team and stands as the program’s No. 2 all-time 3-point shooter and No. 1 in 3-point percentage in her 2014-2017 Trojan career. Following her 2017 completion of a master’s in communication management at USC, Jaco played professionally in Greece before returning to the States to serve as women’s basketball intern at Stanford for a season. Jaco would join the USC staff in 2019 as video coordinator, a position she held for two seasons. Jaco also has served as video coordinator for the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
“I’m thrilled to create a position called director of player development, and I could not have found a better person to take on this role and responsibility than Courtney Jaco,” Gottlieb said of Jaco’s hiring. “A proud Trojan alum, Courtney embodies what it means to embrace the USC experience on and off the court. She will help our players develop through film work and individual assessment and training. She will connect our players with resources such as nutrition, mental performance and recovery. And she will help them prepare for life after basketball by spearheading our financial literacy and career development training. Courtney is a young star in the coaching profession and she’s going to have a huge role in the resurgence of the Women of Troy.”
With six years of experiences as a women’s basketball director of operations, Ashlee Klingenberg comes to Troy following five seasons at UC Santa Barbara and one at UC Irvine. Prior to that, she was an assistant to then-Seattle University head coach Joan Bonvincini in 2014-15. A 2008 San José State grad, Klingenberg also spent time as a high school coach and as a product manager in the tech industry.
“The director of basketball operations role is so critical in running an elite program, and in Ashlee we are bringing on a true star,” Gottlieb said of Klingenberg. “She has a keen ability to elevate a program on the macro level: she will be working on marketing, development, growing our community relations and innovation with respect to program management. But she also prides herself on the day-to-day aspects of running a program at a high level that allow coaches to watch film and recruit and the players to focus on school and basketball. Ashlee joins us with a ton of experience in operations, and is going to be an integral part of where we want to go with USC women’s basketball.”
A 2021 USC graduate, Addison Lee served as a team manager for the USC women’s basketball program for the past three seasons and also was an implementation intern at HUDL. In 2019 he served as an advance scout for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. With a degree in social science and concentration in sports business and management, Lee moves into his new role of director of video and analytics for Gottlieb’s Women of Troy.
“I’m excited to bring Addison on board as our director of video and analytics,” Gottlieb said of Lee. “Returning from the NBA, I knew that I wanted to innovate and use data in really effective ways to help our players improve on the court. Addison has a terrific work ethic and an ability to mesh analytics with basketball terminology, which proves really effective with players. He is smart and dedicated to USC women’s basketball, and I’m thrilled to work with him.”