Sept. 26, 2013
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State head women's basketball coach Jody Wynn has announced the addition of two new staff members with the hiring of Kari LaPlante as an assistant coach and Tipesa Moorer as the director of operations.
Kari LaPlante recently returned from overseas where she played professionally for two years in Romania. In 2011-12, LaPlante, a 6-foot-5 center, was a member of BCT Alexandria where she averaged 14.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She also earned MVP honors from Eurobasket.com for her performance in the final round of league play.
LaPlante then spent the 2012-13 season with ICIM Arad, which claimed the Central European Women's League and the Romanian League championships. With ICIM Arad, LaPlante was named the MVP and "Best 5" for the Trigoviste Tournament.
Since her return to the United States in May, LaPlante has been running camps, clinics and personal training sessions in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz.
Prior to her professional career, LaPlante played four years at USC (2007-11). She was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2008 and to the conference's all-defensive team in 2010. LaPlante also excelled in the classroom as she was a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, three-time USC Marks Scholar-Athlete and a recipient of the Barbara Williams Academic Award. LaPlante graduated from USC in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in business.
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Kari to our Beach family," Wynn said. "Having recruited and coached Kari at USC, we knew she would be a perfect addition to our staff. She is a tremendous young lady who brings valuable playing experience both collegiately and professionally, and who can relate very well with our team. Kari's energy and enthusiasm to guide young people is incredible and she has a welcoming personality that I know the Long Beach community will love!"
Tipesa Moorer returns to her alma mater after ending a successful four-year career with the 49ers in 2012. As a senior, Moorer led LBSU to the Big West Tournament finals. She averaged 12.7 points per game and earned second-team all-conference honors. Moorer was also a three-time Big West All-Academic selection.
Since graduating, Moorer has worked with School of Skills, a year-round fundamental basketball camp based in Manhattan Beach. She also joined the Los Angeles unit of the California Basketball Officials Association and was a referee at the high school level.
Moorer graduated from Long Beach State with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in marketing in 2012. She is currently working toward her master's in sport management.
"Tipesa is a natural fit to join our staff and direct the operations of our program," Wynn said. "As a proud Beach alum and great student-athlete, Tip understands what it takes to be successful both on and off the basketball court. She is an extremely hard worker, very organized and has outstanding leadership and communication abilities. Welcome back to The Beach, Tipesa!"
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