April 27, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Jim Foster, Ohio State women’s basketball coach, announced today the hiring of three assistants to fill out his coaching staff. All three come to Columbus from Vanderbilt, where they helped the Commodores to a 30-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001-02.
Assistants Pete Gaudet (Boston University, 1966), Kelley Meury (St. Joseph’s, 1989) and Chavonne Hammond (Vanderbilt, 2000) will begin their duties immediately. Foster also announced Nikki Keyton (Ohio State, 1993) will remain at OSU as the Buckeyes’ Director of Basketball Operations.
“I’m really happy to be able to keep my staff together,” Foster said. “This staff has proven it can be successful in every facet of the job.”
Meury began her coaching association with Foster at Vanderbilt prior to the 2000 season. The former Kelley Devine played under Jim Foster at St. Joseph’s University from 1985-88. A true student-athlete, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and an M.B.A in 1992. She added an M. Ed. from Loyola College to her achievements in December 2000.
Before working as the Vanderbilt recruiting coordinator, she served as Director of Public Relations at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Her unique experiences in education, organization and management make her invaluable in every possible competitive situation, from the recruiting trail to the court.
Hammond joined Foster’s staff at Vanderbilt in 2000. She scouted opponents and was heavily involved in recruiting for the Commodores.
As a Vanderbilt senior in 1999-00, Hammond led the team in minutes played, steals and assists. She was second in offensive rebounds and scored 354 points, more than her total for her first three years combined.
She was a three-time winner of VU’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award. Her contributions were instrumental in helping the 1999-00 team finish among the nation’s Top 20 in scoring defense (seventh) and field goal percentage defense (16th). Following her senior season, she also was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. She was drafted in the third round of the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock but chose to begin her coaching career rather than play professionally.
Her playing career also included a spot on the 1996 U.S. Junior National Team.
Hammond was a 1996 Minds In Motion Scholar Athlete recipient and in that same year she was named to both the NIKE/WBCA and USA Today High School All-America teams. At Vanderbilt she was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree and was named to the SEC Good Works Team. She earned her degree in Human and Organizational Development in May 2000.
Meury and Hammond worked mainly with the guards at Vanderbilt and will continue to do so at Ohio State. A number of their student-athletes had tremendous success. Jillian Danker, who ranks second on the VU all-time three-point percentage list (40.8), was selected by the Indiana Fever in the fourth round of the 2002 WNBA Draft. Another Commodore, Ashley McElhiney, was a member of the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the 2001 U.S. World University Games.
Gaudet might be a relative newcomer to women’s basketball, but he is no stranger to success. In just three seasons as a member of Foster’s staff, his presence has produced results.
Primarily in charge of Vanderbilt’s post players, Gaudet helped star center Chantelle Anderson achieve numerous honors, including AP All-American and SEC First Team honors. Anderson also led the nation – male and female – in field goal percentage shooting at an astounding 72.3 percent from the field as a sophomore. Forward Zuzi Klimesova, a two-time SEC First Team honoree, was selected by the Indiana Fever in the second round of the 2002 WNBA Draft (17th overall), the highest selection in Vanderbilt history.
Before Vanderbilt, Gaudet helped make Duke one of the elite programs of all-time. In 12 years on the staff of Mike Krzyzewski he was a member of teams that won two national championships and made seven Final Four appearances. Eight of his players earned All-America honors, three were named national Player of the Year and 12 were drafted into the NBA.
When Krzyzewski was forced to take a leave of absence during the 1994-95 season, it was Gaudet who was promoted to interim head coach.
His coaching career dates back to 1968 and the position of head coach at Westford Academy (Mass.) High School. He also was an assistant coach at Bentley College and the United States Military Academy (Army) as well as a head coach at Army and Dartmouth (Mass.) High School.
Not only has he crossed boundaries of gender but also culture. During his free time he has lent his expertise to numerous coaching clinics and national teams that have taken him to over 25 countries worldwide.
He and his wife Maureen have three children, including a son (Matthew) and two daughters (Michelle and Gabrielle).
OSU alumna Keyton, who has been the Buckeyes’ Director of Basketball Operations for the past two seasons, will remain in the same position under Foster. Her duties include overseeing scheduling in Value City Arena, incorporating games, practices and special events; planning team travel, arranging accommodations and meals; managing fiscal duties, including the 2002 budget; recruiting; planning training table and the Buckeyes’ weekly and monthly schedules; and overseeing summer camp activities.
A four-year letterwinner (1990-93) and three-year starter at power forward, Keyton helped guide the program to its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Ohio State advanced to the 1993 title game, falling two points shy to Texas Tech (84-82). She earned First Team All-Big Ten laurels in that same season and ranks 14th on the career scoring ladder (1,200 points) and 11th in career rebounds (633).
A native of Lansing, Mich., Keyton previously was employed as a guidance counselor in the Lansing Public School System. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology, she worked for two years with Franklin County Children Services (1994-96). Keyton also enjoyed two years as an athletics department intern at OSU (1996-97) and Michigan State (1997-98) in pursuit of a master’s degree, also from OSU, in 1998. She also worked a year in the Ingham County (Michigan) Prosecutor’s Office (1998-99).
Full Name: Kelley Devine Meury
Birthdate: June 10, 1967
Hometown: Camp Hill, Pa.
Family: Husband, Joe
High School: Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
College: St. Josephs University
Year Graduated: 1989
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (1989), M.B.A (1992)
College: Loyola College (Baltimore)
Degree: Masters Education (2001)
April 2002: Ohio State Assistant Coach
Oct. 2000-02: Vanderbilt Assistant Coach
1990-92: St. Joseph’s University Graduate Assistant Coach
St. Joseph’s (1985-88)
Played for Jim Foster and competed in the NCAA tournament everyseason.
Full Name: Chavonne Hammond
Birthdate: Nov. 29, 1978
Hometown: Crofton, Md.
High School: Arundel
College: Vanderbilt University
Year Graduated: 2000
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (Human & OrganizationalDevelopment)
April 2002: Ohio State Assistant Coach
Oct. 2000-April 2002: Vanderbilt Assistant Coach
Three-time winner of VUs Most Outstanding Defensive Playeraward. Her senior season, she led VU in minutes played, steals andassists and was named the teams Most Valuable, Most Improved, andMost Outstanding Player. Named to the 1996 US Junior National Team
Arundel High School
Led her team to the Maryland 4A state championship. NIKE/WBCAAll-American USA Today Honorable Mention All-American.
Full Name: Pete Gaudet
Birthdate: March 27, 1942
Family: Wife: Maureen, Son: Matthew, Daughters: Michelle andGabrielle
Hometown: Needham, Mass.
High School: Needham (Mass.)
College: Boston University
Year Graduated: 1966
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (English Education)
April 2002: Ohio State Assistant Coach
Sept. 1999 – April 2002: Vanderbilt Assistant Coach
1997-98: Vanderbilt Mens Assistant Coach
1984-95: Duke Assistant Coach
(1994-95): Duke Interim Head Coach
1980-82: Army Head Coach
1975-80: Army Assistant Coach
1971-75: Dartmouth (Mass.) HS Head Coach
1970-71: Bentley College Assistant Coach
1968-70: Westford Academy (Mass.) HS Head Coach