Former Del Oro High School star Emilie Blate has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at William Jessup University.
Blate, known as Emilie Johnson during her playing days in Loomis, worked last season at Oregon State, where she served as the women’s basketball assistant director of operations for the Beavers’ Pac-12 championship team. Johnson worked previously as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Westmont College, helping the Santa Barbara school to the NAIA Division I National Championship in 2013. Between coaching gigs, she played the 2013-14 season in the Polish Professional Basketball League.
Blate had a standout career as a point guard at UC Santa Barbara. The 5-foot-6 Blate was a three-time All-Big West Conference selection and was the Gauchos’ Female Athlete of the Year in 2011. She played on the USA Women’s Basketball team in the Pan-American Games in Mexico that same year.
Blate was a two-time Bee All-Metro first team and two-time All-Sierra Foothill League MVP at Del Oro playing for coach Mike Takayama. A four-time all-SFL player, Blate helped the Eagles to four consecutive league championships. As a senior she averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals for the Golden Eagles.
Despite her success at nationally ranked Oregon State, Blate is happy to return home.
“I just felt peace and excitement for my husband and I to return to my hometown area of Loomis,” Blate said in a release. “I really look forward to being a part of the William Jessup family and community and taking the William Jessup basketball program to a higher level.”
William Jessup finished 3-25 last season under Guin Boggs, who retired after a six-year tenure at the Rocklin university.