Jamie Shadian enters her third season at NAU and works primarily with the team's guards.
Last season, Shadian was instrumental in the growth of true freshmen Brittani Lusain and Rene Coggins who were among NAU’s top five scorers in their first seasons. Lusain would earn the Big Sky’s Outstanding Freshman award after leading all conference freshmen in scoring, assists and steals. Coggins led the conference in minutes played per game and elevated her game in conference play recording double-digit scoring efforts in 10 of 20 Big Sky games. Both Lusain and Coggins registered an assist-to-turnover ratio above 1.0.
During the summer of 2013, Shadian served as the head coach for the USA Open Women's Basketball team that competed at the Maccabiah games in Israel. She led her team to the gold medal with a perfect 4-0 record and USA defeated Israel, the defending champions, in the championship game.
Shadian came to NAU after serving as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 season at New Mexico State, where she brought in the 17th-ranked recruiting class in the nation for 2012, the highest ranked recruiting class in program history. Her coaching concentrated on the team's guards while she also scouted opponents and prepared and presented scouting reports and film. She also served as the program's director of fundraising and spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $30,000.
She previously coached for two years as an assistant at Tennessee State, assisting in recruiting efforts and working with the team's point guards. She also has coaching experience at Northwood University, Poway High School, and with U.S. Junior girl's basketball.
As a player, Shadian ended her career as the all-time assist leader at the University of San Francisco (USF), leading the Dons to three West Coast Conference (WCC) championships and three NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1996. She was co-captain of the team for three seasons and was a two-time WCC All-Tournament team selection. She continued her playing career for four seasons on various professional teams in Israel and was inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in February 2008.
Additional prior work experience for Shadian includes serving as a compliance operations assistant at the University of Texas, where she managed all student-athlete transfers and team rosters and composed student-athlete waivers to the NCAA. She also worked for two seasons as a color commentator for USF women's basketball radio broadcasts, was the leadership management director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and was the director of the basketball camp at Frog's Club One in San Diego.
Shadian graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in sports administration and a minor in coaching. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Concord Law School in 2007.