Staff
Head Coach
Lisa Fortier

After spending much of the last decade as a member of the Gonzaga University women’s basketball staff, including seven as an assistant, Lisa Fortier was named the program’s head coach on April 14, 2014.

In her first season as a head coach in 2014-15, Fortier oversaw one of the nation’s more efficient offenses. The Bulldogs outscored opponents by 10.0 points per game. As a team, the Zags broke seven team records, including a program-best 77.4 percent from the free-throw line this season, which was also fourth-best in the country. GU made 534 free-throws and 211 three-pointers this season, both new program records.

Fortier was the 2015 recipient of the WBCA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Award. Fortier had the best first season any head coach in Gonzaga women’s basketball history has ever had. Her 26 wins and 76.5 winning percentage were both top of the list among first year finishes for any GU women’s basketball coach.

Fortier led Gonzaga to a 26-8 finish and its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. GU made its fourth appearance in the Sweet 16, after a pair of upsets in the first and second rounds as an 11-seed.

Fortier was named the West Coast Conference co-Coach of the Year after guiding the Zags to their 11th straight conference regular season title. During the season, Gonzaga won 16 straight games, the fifth-longest win streak in program history. GU enjoyed its seventh-straight 25-win season.

Gonzaga advanced to the postseason for the 10th consecutive year during Fortier's second season. The Zags ended their schedule in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Jill Barta became the first freshman to be named First Team All-West Coast Conference in eight years.

Fortier first came to Gonzaga in 2004, spending two years as the coordinator of basketball operations. She then spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado before returning to GU in 2007.

In her seven years as a Gonzaga assistant, the Bulldogs have produced an overall record of 196-43. The Zags have dominated the West Coast Conference during that span, compiling a 98-8 mark to go with seven consecutive WCC regular-season championships and five WCC Tournament titles.

After a second-round appearance in the WNIT in Fortier’s first season as an assistant, the Zags have qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of the last seven years, which included a stretch of three straight Sweet Sixteens from 2010-12. The highlight was an Elite Eight run in 2011, in which the Bulldogs upset three higher-seeded teams.

In addition to serving as Gonzaga’s recruiting coordinator, Fortier has been responsible for coordinating GU’s defense. She also spent time coaching Gonzaga’s guards. She has mentored two WNBA draftees in Courtney Vandersloot and Katelan Redmon as well as Haiden Palmer, a 2014 draft hopeful. She also coached Taelor Karr, the 2012-13 WCC Player of the Year.

A native of Grass Valley, Calif., Fortier played collegiate basketball at Butte (Calif.) Community College before transferring to Cal State Monterey Bay. At CSUMB, she earned Honorable Mention All Cal-Pac Conference honors as a junior and was an NAIA Academic All-American in 2003. She also earned the 2004 CSUMB Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Fortier graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSUMB in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in human communications. Fortier earned her master’s degree in sport and athletic administration from Gonzaga in 2006.

Fortier, who spent two years as the Assistant Coaches Representative on the WBCA Board of Directors, is married to Craig Fortier, who joined the Gonzaga staff as an assistant coach in May of 2014, after previously serving as the associate head men’s basketball coach at Eastern Washington University. They welcomed their first son, Marcus, in 2010. Their second son, Calvin, was born in 2012, and they welcomed a daughter, Quincy, in July, 2014.

Assistant Coach
Jordan Green

Jordan Green was hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach in April of 2014. Green was the first member of Lisa Fortier’s new staff.

Green brought experience and expertise in both guard and post player development to Gonzaga. He has great knowledge of basketball in the northwest and has recruited the area extensively.

In his first season with the Zags, Green helped guide GU to its fourth Sweet 16 appearance and 11thstraight West Coast Conference title. He was instrumental in a Gonzaga defense that allowed only 61.8 points per game, second in the WCC.

The native of Cashmere, Wash., closed out his third season on the Idaho coaching staff in 2013-14 and first as the associate head coach. As a member of the Vandals, Green coordinated recruiting and team travel, handled scouting responsibilities and worked with their post players.

The Vandals had a three-year overall record of 54-45 with Green on the bench, including a 32-16 mark in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Idaho also earned NCAA Tournament berths in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 after winning the WAC Tournament Championship. The Vandals NCAA Tournament bid in 2012-13 was only the second in school history and first since 1984-85. It also was their first post-season berth since the 1985-86 campaign.

Green coached five All-WAC performers, Alyssa Charleston a three-time All-WAC performer and a Capital One Academic All-American.

Prior to his time at Idaho, Green worked at Idaho State University from 2004-11. During his tenure, Idaho State won two Big Sky Championships and made a splash in the post-season three times; one NCAA Tournament appearance and two appearances in the WNIT.

The versatile coach was in charge of guard and wing player development at Idaho State, and also scouted opponents, coordinated travel and assisted with recruiting.

Green started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Seattle University in 2003-04.

Green played basketball collegiately at George Fox University, where he was a three-time captain and a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention. On the all-time statistical charts at George Fox, he ranked third in steals (253), seventh in points (1,468), and 10th in assists (373).

He earned his bachelor of science in education from George Fox in 2001, and received his master’s in athletic administration and physical education from Idaho State in 2005.

Green is married to Jessica Green, and they have a son Jaden.

Assistant Coach
Stacy Clinesmith

Stacy Clinesmith, former WNBA veteran and Spokane native, was hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach, on May 2, 2014.

A standout from Mead High School has been able to transfer her knowledge of the game as a player into developing guards as a coach. In her first season with the Zags, she helped Elle Tinkle and Keani Albanez receive postseason West Coast Conference honors. Stacy brings tons of energy and enthusiasm, and does a tremendous job of creating relationships with recruits and in the community.

Clinesmith came to Gonzaga after three seasons as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University. During her time with the Broncos, she coached two All-WCC honorees, an All-Freshman team player and five WCC All-Academic honorees.

In her first season with Santa Clara she helped the squad get off to their best start in program history and, as the guard coach, mentored Alyssa Shoji, who set the West Coast Conference all-time single-season 3-point field goal record (99).

Clinesmith began her career in the collegiate ranks serving as Oregon State University’s Director of Basketball Operations in 2008-09 and went on to become the assistant coach at Central Washington University in 2010-11.

Before hitting the coaching ranks, Clinesmith enjoyed a record-setting basketball career. She was tabbed the Washington State 3A Player of the Year while at Mead and went on to become one of the most accomplished guards to ever play at UC Santa Barbara. She finished her college career second in UC Santa Barbara history in assists (647) and fourth in scoring (1,565 points).

Clinesmith led the Gauchos to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and earned All-Big West First Team honors three times, starting with her sophomore season, and was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team as a rookie. The Gauchos won the Big West Tournament titles in each of her four seasons and Clinesmith was tabbed the Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2000.

After her collegiate career, Clinesmith was drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in the second round of the 2000 WNBA Draft and spent two seasons playing for Sacramento before joining the Detroit Shock in 2002. She went on to play with the Springfield Sprint of the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) and the Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico.

Clinesmith graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. She has been a certified strength and conditioning coach since 2004.

Assistant Coach
Craig Fortier

Craig Fortier was hired on the Gonzaga University women’s basketball staff on May 5, 2014. He rounded out head coach Lisa Fortier’s first staff hires.

Fortier, Lisa’s husband, brought 10-plus years of coaching experience with him to Gonzaga, including spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach of the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team.

He also isn’t a stranger to Gonzaga having served as a graduate assistant for the Bulldog men’s basketball team from 2004-06, while Lisa was the coordinator of basketball operations for the Zag women’s squad.

In his first season with the Zags’ women's staff, he helped direct the Gonzaga offense to an explosive and balanced attack. GU broke several school offensive records and also had eight different leading scorers throughout the season.

Fortier helped direct the Eastern Washington defense, who, in 2013-14, finished in the top three in the Big Sky in three different categories; blocked shots (1st; 4.3), field goal percentage defense (2nd; 44.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (3rd; 34.5). The Eagles also had the top three seasons in school history in lowest turnovers per game; averaging 12.0 in 2013-14, 13.4 in 2012-13 and a school-best 11.8 in 2011-12.

He also coached three Big Sky All-Conference players while at Eastern Washington, including the 2011-12 Newcomer of the Year.

During the last 11 seasons of coaching, Fortier has had a hand in directing 13 All-Conference post players.

Prior to his time at EWU, Fortier spent four seasons as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Whitworth University. During his four years with Whitworth, the Pirates won 98 of 116 games for a winning rate of 84.5 percent. He helped develop 10 all-conference performers, three conference Player of the Year winners and one National Player of the Year. All four seasons the Pirates advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won the Northwest Conference Tournament title.

The same year the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time in school history (2010-11), Fortier and Whitworth advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Final (Elite Eight) for the first time in program history. Whitworth ended that season with an impressive, and school record, 28-2 record.

Fortier’s experience also includes a one-year stint as an administrative assistant for the men’s basketball team at Colorado State University and a one-year stint as the assistant men’s basketball coach for his alma mater, Cal State Monterey Bay.

He graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2003 with a degree in human communication. He earned his master’s degree in sport and athletic administration from Gonzaga in 2006.

Fortier has been married to Lisa since 2006 and they have two sons, Marcus (2010) and Calvin (2012), and a daughter, Quincy (2014).

Director of Operations
Amanda Brown

Brown returned to the Gonzaga staff as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2014. The former Bulldog student-athlete was the GU Director of Basketball Operations in 2009-10. As the Director of Operations, she works with the Zags’ coaching staff daily. Brown handles the details of team management, travel, and schedule. She assists with game film, scout preparation, and practice preparation.

Brown also serves as the women’s basketball camp coordinator at Gonzaga. She is in charge of the marketing, scheduling, and organizing of the camps.

She was the Director of Basketball Operations and Camp Director for Santa Clara University women’s basketball from 2010 to 2013. At SCU, Brown assisted with game film, film exchange, and analyzed statistics. She managed logistical and administrative details for game travel, recruiting, marketing and all fundraising efforts.

Brown was promoted to an assistant coach in 2013. As an assistant, she worked on player development with the guards. She handled the team scouting reports, and was integral in recruiting. While at Santa Clara, the Broncos won over 40 games.

As a member of the GU women’s basketball team, Brown won a trio of West Coast Conference titles from 2007 to 2009. She was a key reserve and defensive specialist for the Bulldogs. In 2008-09, she earned an athletic scholarship after being a walk-on, and was the team’s co-captain. Brown was a member of the first GU team to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, and the first team to advance to the second round in 2009.

Brown was a coxswain for the Gonzaga men’s rowing team in 2007. She helped guide the Zags’ crew team to nationals. While at GU, she was a member of Gonzaga Athletes Mentoring for Excellence (G.A.M.E.), and was a coach for the Spokane Midnight Basketball Association. She graduated from GU in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in English. Brown received her master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2011.