CJ Pace | Head Coach
CJ Pace became the seventh women’s basketball head coach in CSUMB history on June 5, 2018. She comes directly from spending the previous two seasons as the head coach at East Georgia State.
The Bobcats enjoyed considerable success under Pace. The won 20 games in 2017 and advanced to consecutive GCAA Final Fours in 2017 and 2018. Pace earned 2017 GCAA Coach of the year honors with Bobcat sophomore Shunseere Kent earning player of the year accolades.
At CSUMB, Pace returns to NCAA Division II basketball after a three–year absence. She spent the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons as an assistant coach at Armstrong State in Georgia. Her stint in Savannah includes a Peach Belt Conference East Division title and a run to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in 2014.
Before her coaching career, Pace started 24 games for Dawn Staley's first team at the University of South Carolina where she helped lay the foundation for what has become one of the nation's premier collegiate programs. She ranked among the SEC's leading rebounds at 5.9 rebounds per game with finishing fourth on the team at 7.6 points per game in her senior season.
Following her Gamecock career, she played two seasons of professional basketball, averaging 24 ppg for Santarem (Portugal) and 26 ppg for Misonès (Peru).
Pace began her coaching career as an assistant at Chipola College, where she starred as a freshman and sophomore for the Indians. She then spent a season as an assistant at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta before moving on to Armstrong.
Natalie Marlowe | Assistant Coach
After spending the last two seasons as a full–time assistant at NCAA Division III power UT–Dallas, Natalie Marlowe will take her place on the Cal State Monterey Bay women's basketball bench as the top lieutenant for Head Coach CJ Pace for the 2018–19 season.
A 2018 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 30 Under 30 list, Marlowe accomplished much in her two seasons at UT–Dallas. Not only did the Comets boast the American Southwest Conference East Division players of the year for 2017 and 2018, Marlowe helped them earn nine All–ASC mentions, two All–South Region awards and an All–America nod for Alyssa Crockett.
The South Milwaukee, Wisc. native came to UTD after serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator and point guards coach at NCAA Division I member Incarnate Word. Prior to that, she spent three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Hendrix College in Arkansas.
As a student–athlete, Marlowe was a 4–year starter at Chicago State, where she was a 3–time All–Great West Conference selection. She led the Cougars to the GWC title as a junior in 2011. Her 151 assists that season still rank No. 2 all–time in the CSU single–season record book.
She ended her playing career ranked second all–time at CSU in assists with 396.
Marlowe earned her bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in public relations from Chicago State in 2012. Her master's degree in sports management at Incarnate Word is in progress.