Kai Felton, who spent one year as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, now enters her fifth season on the USC coaching staff after helping the Women of Troy to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years and a second-place tie in Pac-10 play in her first year at Troy.
Felton joined head coach Mark Trakh for the 2004 campaign in Malibu. She helped guide the Waves to a 17-13 overall record and a WNIT postseason appearance.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine staff, she spent the 2003 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona where she served multiple roles. With the Broncos, Felton was directly involved in recruiting, scouting, film editing and production, guard and post player development and assisting in practice planning and implementation.
Felton spent two seasons (2001-02) as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield (Mass.) College, before returning to the West Coast. At Springfield she was in charge of recruiting, as well as other administrative duties, as she helped lead the Pride to an overall record of 59-9 (.868) and two NCAA Division III postseason appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2002.
As a player, Felton was a standout guard at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. During her four years, she set nine school records, including most career three-pointers (216), most three-pointers in a season (66) and most career assists (325). She finished her career ranked No. 3 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,147 points.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 2000 from Randolph-Macon and later attained her master's in physical education and athletic administration from Springfield in 2002.
Felton grew up in nearby Pasadena, Calif., and prepped at La Cañada High, where she was tabbed first team all-district as a senior. She set single-game, single-season and career marks for three-point shooting.
Born on May 27, 1978, Felton currently resides in South Pasadena.