Jillian Flores begins her first year as head coach for women's basketball. Flores comes to OLLU after an assistant coach position at Iowa Western College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
While at Iowa Western, under Head Coach Lindsey Vande Hoef, Flores assisted the team in accumulating a 23-9 record, plus a Region XI Championship and a berth in the District K Championships in 2018-2019. Eleven players were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) All-Academic Team, while six were honored with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic recognition. Her teams had a 100-percent graduation rate.
In 2019-2020, the Reivers had an overall record of 19-10, and Flores guided several players to NJCAA All-American and ICCAC recognition. She helped moved seven players to four-year institutions and guided the team to a 100-percent graduation rate and a 3.42 GPA.
This past season, the team marked a 22-3 record, were Region XI Champions and Central District Champions and qualified for the national tournament. The team was 15th in the nation for assists per game, and several of her players were in the top five and top 10 in field-goal percentage. Two earned All-American status, and five were named to the All-Region Team. The team also had a 100-percent graduation rate and accumulated a 3.5 GPA.
Before her three years at Iowa Western, Flores was the assistant coach at NAIA's Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. For two years, she was a coach at Peru State College in Peru, Neb. While at Peru, also an NAIA school, Flores implemented various fundraising endeavors and was responsible for budget tracking.
Flores received a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology from Benedectine College in Atchison, Kan., where she played basketball and was a two-time scholar-athlete. She also received an Associate of Arts from Iowa Western. Flores played basketball there, was the team's captain and twice earned Academic All-American, All-Regional Academic and Dean's List honors. She recently married Jarrod Bennett, and the two reside in San Antonio.
TOMMY TURGEON enters his second season as the assistant coach for the women's basketball team. The Saints opted out of the Red River Athletic Conference Championship competition due to COVID-19 concerns. The team was able to play several regular season and exhibition games.
Turgeon comes to OLLU from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo., where he was the assistant coach for one year. Prior to that, he was interim director of women's basketball operations at NCAA D1 University of Denver.
After a position at Wagner College, an NCAA D1 school in New York City, Turgeon spent two seasons at Colorado State University-Pueblo, an NCAA D2 school in Pueblo, Colo. While there, the team was the 2015-2016 RMAC Tournament Champions and the 2016-2017 RMAC Regular Season Champions. The 2016 team was the No. 2 seed and the 2017 team was the No. 1 seed in the NCAA D2 Tournament; the 2017 team was ranked as high as No.3 in the nation. The two-season combined record was 54-10.
Turgeon was also the assistant coach for the Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The team was the 2014-2015 Region XI Champions and placed fifth in the NJCAA D1 Tournament. Its two-season record was 56-11.
Turgeon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. He is currently pursuing a Business Administration in Management from Wagner College.
Ryan Mata is in his first year as a student assistant. He is from Pharr, Texas, where he graduated from PSJA North. He is a kinesiology major, and his hobbies include: playing basketball and cooking. His favorite motto is "When you feel like quitting, remember why you started." His athletic role model is LeBron James.