University of Maine women's basketball assistant coach Jhasmin Player is leaving Orono to join the coaching staff at the University of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

Player will serve as an assistant coach under head coach Charity Elliott.

"This position was really critical for us and I took my time to make sure that we found the right person," coach Elliott said. "I'm thrilled to say that we hit a home run with Jhasmin Player."

Player, who graduated from Baylor in 2009 and was a four-year member for the Bears' basketball team, was in her second stint as an assistant at UMaine.

In 2016, she returned to the school as the director of basketball operations, player development and community relations and was later promoted to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator.

Player worked as an assistant for the Black Bears from 2011-13 before leaving the country to play professionally in Poland.

"I am sooooo thankful for all that Maine has taught me," Player wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "I will FOREVER be grateful for the LOVE the entire STATE shared with me"

During her collegiate career, Player helped lead her team to four NCAA tournament appearances and a 2009 Big 12 tournament championship. She was a Big 12 All-Tournament team selection in 2009 and also earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team and Second-Team All-Conference honors.

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