If you can find what you love to do, and do it with all of your heart, you cannot fail. The joy of life lies in the journey.
Known for her dynamic ability to lead and motivate, Jennifer Azzi emulates the characteristics that have made her champion: hard work, confidence, resilience and the ability to make those around her better. With achievements ranging from seven hall of fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, Stanford National Championship, Two World Championships, the Naismith Award, Wade Trophy, NCAA Silver Anniversary award, a successful WNBA career, and coaching the University of San Francisco women's basketball team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years, her achievements have firmly established her as one of the most accomplished figures in sports. Off the court, Jennifer is a well-regarded speaker, author and community supporter, and serves as an ambassador for the sport locally and internationally. Locally, through her very successful Azzi Camps, she teaches lessons both on and off the court. Through her role as an NBA Academies Global Director and Jr. NBA Ambassador, Azzi has traveled thousands of miles to countries such as Africa, Denmark, Australia, and Dubai. In addition, Azzi conducted the first-ever NBA clinic held at the White House, with President Obama. Most recently, her community involvement has been seen through the NBA Cares program, partnering with the Golden State Warriors and other notable Bay Area figures to open two Live, Learn and Play Zones in East Oakland to serve area youth. A highly-sought after public speaker and panelist best known for her dynamic talks on how to lead and motivate teams, Jennifer has addressed corporate, university and association audiences worldwide. Topics include: -Building a Championship Culture -The DNA of a Champion -Overcoming Obstacles and Handling Pressure -Cultivating Teamwork -Coaching the Millennial Generation -The Value of Vision -How to Lead with Love -Helping Your Team to Find the Courage to be their Best Upon her graduation from Stanford, Azzi embarked on a professional career that initially took her overseas, including successful stops abroad in Italy (1990-91), France (1991-93), and Sweden (1994-95). In the American portion of her professional career, Azzi was one of the founding members of the American Basketball League along with Warriors owner Joe Lacob. A three-time all-star, she played for the San Jose Lasers from 1996 to 1999. In 1996, she was named the March of Dimes Female Athlete of the Year, and received the Sport Image Award. Through her six seasons as Head Coach at the University of San Francisco, Azzi transformed the struggling women’s basketball program into a bona fide postseason contender. She led the Dons to their fourth NCAA tournament berth. In addition to her on-court success, Azzi’s program earned the NCAA’s prestigious APR award for outstanding academic success. Jennifer left USF as Head Coach in September of 2016, but remains a part of the USF community as Director of Special Initiatives.