Imhotet Amen-Ra named Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Cal Maritime

Respected throughout the industry for his basketball acumen and experience working with women’s basketball players from the WNBA, USA Basketball, international and collegiate levels since 2006 is Cal Maritime’s new head women’s basketball coach Imhotet Amen-Ra, as announced by Director of Athletics Karen Lee Yoder on Thursday.

“I want to thank Karen Lee Yoder, Monica Heuer and the hiring committee for this incredible opportunity, their support and belief in me,” said Amen-Ra. “I am both honored and blessed to become the head women’s basketball coach at Cal Maritime.”

Amen-Ra added, “I would also like to thank Coach Sarah Hopkins-Chery at Cal State Monterey Bay for her friendship and confidence in me over the last seven years. Her ability to see in me what has always been within me prepared me for this moment. Words cannot express how grateful I am.”

Amen-Ra joins the Keelhaulers after spending the 2022-23 season as the Otters’ top assistant women’s basketball coach.

“I am excited to welcome Coach Amen-Ra to Cal Maritime because of his passion for helping student-athletes reach their academic and athletic potential. The time and energy he invests towards player development and recruiting are key reasons why I feel he is a perfect fit for this program,” said Yoder.

In addition to organizing the program’s academic success, recruitment, and player development programs, he helped organize and manage its budget, team travel, fundraising initiatives, and community service projects.

After starting his college coaching career in 2009 at Bethany University, his alma mater, Amen-Ra developed numerous all-conference and NAIA All-Americans as a member of the coaching staffs at Pacific Union, William Jessup, and Cal State Monterey Bay.

His ability to strengthen players’ skill set to an All-Cal Pac level, throughout his tenure at PUC, is why William Jessup was eager to add the Sacramento, California native to its staff.

The Warriors shined under his tutelage by advancing to the Golden State Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament every season. In addition to winning a league title in 2021, William Jessup advanced to the NAIA’s National Championship Tournament in two of his four seasons in Rocklin (2019 and ’21).

“I could not be more excited and optimistic about the future of Cal Maritime women’s basketball, it is a great honor and privilege to lead this program,” said Amen-Ra. “This is a special place with great young women in our program, I am looking forward to working with our team to build a strong foundation and establish ourselves on a national scale.”

Athletes at the international, professional, and collegiate thrived at their respective levels, thanks to Coach Tet Training — a multifaceted player development program designed to maximize position-specific and individual skills. In addition to student-athletes at all levels, Coach Tet worked with the Sacramento Monarchs and helped prepare USA Basketball’s junior national players.

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