- Former Saint Xavier University women's basketball and soccer
standout Jennifer Belmonte was officially named the varsity girls basketball coach
at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Ill., earlier this week. Belmonte is the third player for SXU women's
basketball coach Bob Hallberg to graduate and become a head girls varsity basketball
coach at a Chicagoland area high school joining Annie Basic (Marian Catholic)
and Angie Brown (St. Ignatius).
"I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to
coach the varsity girls basketball team at Hinsdale South," said Belmonte. "Our team has great potential this year and I
look forward to sharing the ideals I have learned from Coach Hallberg as a
Cougar and the many other coaches I have had over the years."
Belmonte played basketball at Saint Xavier from 2002-06 and
finished her career at No. 4 all-time in career three-pointers made (102). During her junior season, she tied a school
record by hitting six three-pointers in a game against Olivet Nazarene University. Belmonte graduated from SXU in 2006 with a bachelor
of arts in graphic design and a minor in physical education. In May 2009, she earned a master of arts in
education from SXU with a certification in secondary education.
Since 2006, she has held a variety of coaching positions at
Hinsdale South, including head sophomore girls basketball coach (2009-10),
assistant varsity girls soccer coach (2006-present), head freshmen boys soccer
coach (2007-09) and assistant varsity boys soccer coach (2009-present). She will also have the unique privilege of
being able to coach her younger sister, Jackie, who will be a senior with the
Hornets this season.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Jen and I have no
doubt she will do a great job in her new position," said Hallberg. "When she played for our program, it was
obvious right away that she was an intelligent player with a great mind for the
game. She will definitely translate
those traits into a promising coaching career."