BOULDER — Fourth-year University of Colorado women’s basketball assistant Jonas Chatterton has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, Buffaloes’ head coach Linda Lappe announced on Wednesday.
Chatterton has been a member of Lappe’s staff since the very beginning of her reign, joining the program on June 9, 2010. He assists with recruiting, opponent scouting, post play development, offensive and defensive schemes and serves as the program's liaison with marketing and promotions.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Chatterton said. “It’s been exciting to have been a part of the last three seasons in building this program with coach Lappe, and I look forward to continuing our success here.”
His first three seasons at Colorado have been memorable to say the least. Chatterton’s record on the CU bench is a sterling 64-37, including three-straight postseason appearances. The Buffaloes had one of their best seasons in over a decade in 2012-13, finishing at 25-7, fourth in the Pac-12 Conference, and advancing to the 13th NCAA Tournament in program history, and first since 2004.
He helped the up-and-coming Buffaloes to WNIT quarterfinal appearances in each of his first two seasons. The 2011-12 squad enjoyed their first 20-win season in eight years (21-14), and it also marked the first back-to-back winning seasons for Colorado since 2003-04. In his first year at Colorado, the Buffaloes were 18-16, including wins over a pair of ranked teams.
“I attribute all our success to the players and how they’ve bought in with what we’re trying to do here,” Chatterton said. “We’ve been fortunate to bring in some outstanding young ladies to put through the program here and they’ve all made it a priority to make it a great place to be. All the credit goes the players.”
One reason for the continued upswing is the development of Colorado’s front court. Chatterton has helped Rachel Hargis develop into one of the best defensive posts in the Pac-12. He also nurtured Arielle Roberson to 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.
He has been valuable on the recruiting trail, helping the Buffaloes acquire the 27th best recruiting class in the nation in 2012, according to ESPN.com's HoopGurlz, a class that included current sophomore Jamee Swan and freshman Lauren Huggins, a pair of Top 100 national recruits.
“Over the past three seasons, Jonas has shown a tremendous ability to coach and mentor our young women,” Lappe said. “His experience and expertise have helped us restore our great tradition and put CU women’s basketball back on the national map.”
Prior to joining Colorado, Chatterton spent eight highly successful seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at BYU under Jeff Judkins (2001-09). During his eight years in Provo, the Cougars compiled a record of 157-89 (.638), won two Mountain West Conference regular season titles (2006-07), one MWC Tournament crown (2002) and participated in five postseason tournaments, including four NCAA Championships (2003-03, 2006-07).
Before joining BYU, Chatterton spent two years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Westminster College, an NAIA school in Salt Lake City (1998-2000) where he helped revive a program that had been discontinued in 1979.
Chatterton received his bachelor's of science degree from the University of Utah in 2000 where he majored in exercise and sports science. He played one year of basketball for Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) before transferring to Utah.