Kielsmeier Announces 2018-19 Coaching Staff

Kielsmeier Announces 2018-19 Coaching Staff

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State women's basketball head coach Chris Kielsmeier has completed his coaching staff for the upcoming 2018-19 season, and will look to have a successful first year at the helm of the Vikings with a talented group on the sidelines.

"It was important for me to hire assistants who were not only extremely knowledgeable with the game, but who also had experience at different levels of coaching and at different schools in the basketball landscape. Although everyone joins the program with a different coaching background, they all have a strong work ethic, passion, and drive, which will support the vision and philosophy of the Cleveland State Women's Basketball program and lead to the success of our student-athletes. I am confident that our eagerness, selfless mentality, and persistence to be successful on and off the court, will be a contagious approach to the success of the program," Kielsmeier said.

Jerro joins the Vikings following a seven-year stint at UIC, where she served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. During her time with the Flames, Jerro helped mentor seven All-Horizon League selections, seven Horizon League All-Defensive Team honorees and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in Ruvanna Campbell.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Jerro and the Flames posted a program record 26 wins en route to capturing the WBI Championship – the first postseason title in program history.

Prior to her time at UIC Jerro spent one season at the New Jersey Institute of Technology following a six-year stint as an assistant coach at UNLV. During her six years at UNLV, Jerro helped the Lady Rebels to four postseason appearances including a WNIT Runner-Up finish during the 2003-04 campaign.

Jerro got her start in collegiate coaching at the University of Houston before transitioning to California State University – Northridge where she spent one season as an assistant coach and four years as the head coach. During the 1998-99 season, Jerro led the Matadors to the Big Sky Conference championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance, earning Big Sky Coach of the Year accolades.

Jerro is a 1993 graduate of Arizona State University, where she was a two-time letterwinner and team captain for the Sun Devils. During her playing career, Jerro was named a Pac-10 Conference All-Star and helped lead her team to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Oney comes to Cleveland State following coaching stops at North Dakota, St. Mary's University and Wayne State College.

Most recently, Oney spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at North Dakota, where she helped the Fighting Hawks to a 20-win season during 2016-17, including a Big Sky Conference Regular Season Championship and a postseason bid to the WNIT.

Prior to her time at UND, Oney spent the 2015-16 season at Division II St. Mary's University, where she was an assistant coach with the Rattlers.

Oney began her collegiate coaching career at Wayne State College, where she served as a graduate assistant for Kielsmeier. During her two seasons with the Wildcats, Oney helped guide nationally ranked Wayne State to a 56-11 overall record and back-to-back NSIC Regular Season championships.

Oney, who was named to the WBCA Thirty Under 30 List earlier this year, is a 2013 graduate of Northern Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers. Oney finished her career ranked in the top-10 in the UNI record book in three-pointers made and three-point field goal percentage, while she was an integral part of back-to-back MVC Tournament championship teams.

Mentz-Bruce will begin her third season with the Vikings during the 2018-19 campaign and her seventh season as a collegiate coach. Last year, Mentz-Bruce helped guide the Vikings to a 19-11 record – the eighth 19-win season in program history. 

Prior to joining the Vikings for the 2016-17 season, Mentz-Bruce spent four years at Notre Dame College where she served as an assistant coach for three years and the associate head coach for one season. During her time at NDC, Mentz-Bruce helped lead the Falcons to a pair of 20-wins seasons.

Mentz-Bruce started her coaching tenure at the high school level, spending 13 years as an assistant and head coach at various Cleveland area schools. During a six-year stint as the Midpark High School head coach, Mentz-Bruce was a three-time Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year, while also earning District Coach of the Year accolades.

A Cleveland native, Mentz-Bruce is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College.

Bruce will return for her second season as the Director of Operations, continuing with the Vikings following two years as a graduate assistant at Division III Penn State Behrend.

Bruce is a 2015 graduate of Mount Union where she was a two-year member of the women's basketball team and a student assistant coach.

Goddard will begin her second season with the Vikings, serving as the graduate manager.

Goddard joined the Cleveland State staff following a standout career at Malone University where she was a three-time all-league honoree. As a senior, Goddard helped the Pioneers capture the G-MAC Tournament title – earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history.

Zoeckler will begin her first season with the Cleveland State staff during 2018-19, serving as the team's video coordinator. 

Zoeckler, who was previously a student worker in the women's basketball office, is currently a junior at Cleveland State pursuing a degree in health sciences – physical therapy.

"With the multitude of backgrounds that this staff has, it allows for a diverse perspective not only with day-to-day activities, but also when out on the recruiting trail. In terms of recruiting, this staff has a familiarity with the Midwest – especially Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and most importantly Ohio – but also has a strong recruiting presence on the East Coast, in California and in Texas. My staff and I will work tirelessly to foster and maintain strong relationships in the recruiting circuit to continue to grow and enhance the Cleveland State Women's Basketball brand on and off the court," Kielsmeier said.

Kielsmeier and his coaching staff will begin their first campaign with the Vikings this fall, when he begins his tenure as the seventh head coach in program history during the 2018-19 season.