Loree Payne

Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University

Experience

2017 – Present: Head Coach, Northern Arizona University

2010 – 2017: Head Coach, University of Puget Sound

2007 – 2010: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Washington

2004 – 2007: Assistant Coach, University of Portland

2003 – 2004: Assistant Coach, Northwest Nazarene University

1999 – 2003: Player/Team Captain (00-03), University of Washington

Education

Present: University of Puget Sound, Masters, Counseling

2003: University of Washington, Bachelors, Psychology

Personal

Hometown: Havre, MT

Career Highlights

Career Record
198-142 (.582)

20+ Win Seasons (2)
2016-17, 2014-15

Winning Seasons (10)
2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11

Power Five Wins (1)
Pac-12

Conference Coach of the Year (2)
2016-17, 2015-16 NWC

Conference Regular Season Championships (1)
2016-17 NWC

NCAA Tournament Berths (2)
2016-17, 2014-15

Other Post-Season Berths (1)
2020-21 WBI

Has led Northern Arizona to three consecutive winning seasons for only the third time in program history, rebuilding a program that had not had a winning season during the 10 seasons prior to her arrival (seven seasons with single-digit wins)

In 2021-22, led NAU to the program’s most single-season wins (17) in 15 seasons and second-most Big Sky Conference wins (t-12) in program history

In 2020-21, guided NAU to only the second post-season appearance in program history and first appearance in 15 seasons, as well as the first post-season win in program history

In 2019-20, led NAU to the program’s first winning record (16-15) in 13 seasons and second-most Big Sky Conference wins (12) in program history (most in 22 seasons)

In 2018-19, guided NAU to the program’s most single-season wins (t-13) and second-most Big Sky Conference wins (8) in 12 seasons

NAU’s scoring offense finished ranked 1st in the Big Sky in 2021-22

NAU ranked 20th nationally in 2019-20 and 12th in 2018-19 (first appearance in program history) in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll

As NAU’s Head Coach, has recruited and coached nine Big Sky All-Conference Team selections, as well as two Newcomers of the Year

From 2010 to 2017, led Puget Sound to a 130-58 (.691) overall record, one Northwest Conference Regular Season Championship, and two NCAA Tournament berths

A two-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, guided Puget Sound to the most single-season wins (26) and first outright Northwest Conference Regular Season Championship in program history in 2016-17

Puget Sound’s scoring offense finished nationally ranked 6th in 2016-17 and 20th in 2015-16

A two-time Pac-10 First-Team All-Conference selection at Washington, graduated as the program’s 7th all-time leading scorer (1,675 points) and all-time leading three-point shooter (245)

A three-time Team Captain, helped lead Washington to two 22-win seasons, one Pac-10 Regular Season Championship, and two NCAA Tournament berths (one Elite 8 appearance)

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