Jeff Cammon
Jeff Cammon

New Colorado women's basketball coach JR Payne has filled the last vacancy on her staff.

Payne and the Buffs have hired assistant coach Jeff Cammon, who spent the past two seasons at Cal, helping the Bears reach the NCAA Tournament in 2015.

"Jeff is one of the most respected recruiters in the west and we are unbelievably excited that he has decided to join the Buff family," Payne said. "He will bring instant knowledge of the Pac-12 Conference and experience that will have a huge impact on building CU women's basketball."

Payne, who was hired by the Buffs in March, previously announced her husband, Toriano Towns, as associate head coach, Shandrika Lee as an assistant coach, Alex Earl as director of player development and Jill Mahoney as director of operations.

Cammon is the only assistant on Payne's CU staff that she has not worked with in the past, but she said he fits right in with everybody else.

"He is someone who values the relationships and family values that are so important in our program and will be a phenomenal fit in so many ways," Payne said.

She added that Cammon that will focus heavily on recruiting. The Buffs have not decided if he will work with guards or post players, but believe Cammon is strong in overall player development, as well as developing offensive and defensive schemes.

Prior to Cal, Cammon was an assistant at Long Beach State for five seasons. During his career, he has also been a men's assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Chaffey Community College and Alcorn State. He also spent two seasons as the head girls varsity coach at Bishop Alemany High School.


As a player, Cammon was the starting point guard for three years at Alcorn State, and was the Braves' team captain for two of those seasons. He helped them to three conference titles and a trip to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

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