In her second season at UMass, Jada Pierce boasts over 10 years of coaching background. She spent the 2006-07 campaign as an assistant coach at Marist and helped lead the Red Foxes to their best season in school history with a 29-6 record, its first two NCAA Tournament victories in program history and a Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Prior to Marist, Pierce spent two seasons as head coach at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. At the Division II school, she was responsible for recruiting a player who earned all-conference honors and had a dozen players named scholar-athletes by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Pierce served as the top assistant at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for three seasons (2001-04) before going to Cheyney. In addition to being the recruiting coordinator at Lowell, she helped in scouting and coaching the guards. The team compiled a 51-36 record in her tenure, earning an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2003 and a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs every year.
Pierce was an assistant under Tina Martin at the University of Delaware from 1999-2001. From 1997-99, she was an assistant at St. Michael's College, helping the team reach the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs in 1999.
Pierce, 34, is a 1997 graduate of West Chester University. In her senior year, she started every game and was co-captain of a squad which went 22-7 and earned its first NCAA tournament berth in school history.
In 2001, Pierce became the first female to be inducted into the Central High School Athletic Honor Roll in Philadelphia. In her scholastic basketball career, Pierce was named First Team Philadelphia All-Public League in 1992 and Philadelphia Public League All-Star in 1990 and 1991. She became the school's all-time leading scorer and averaged 21 points per game as a senior. Pierce was also an all-league high jumper as a junior in her only season as a member of the track and field squad.
Pierce resides in Northampton, Mass.