Jill Dunn Named New Women's Basketball Coach

April 22, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University Vice President for Student Life and acting Athletic Director Dr. John Balog has announced that Jill Dunn, who has spent the last three years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia State University, has been named the Dolphins' new head women's basketball coach replacing Melissa Taketa. Last month, acting President Dr. Catherine Morgan announced that Taketa's contract would not be renewed and a national search would begin.

Dunn, a former NCAA Division I head coach and player, becomes the second coach of the five-year-old Dolphin women's basketball program. She has been part of three Atlantic Sun Championship teams at Georgia State, including two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2002, 2003).

"Jill is an excellent fit for our basketball program," said Balog. "She has proven success as a Division I head coach, and as an assistant coach, has proven to be one of the country's top recruiters. Jill also understands what it takes to be successful in the Atlantic Sun Conference, as evident by Georgia State's recent success, both on the court and in the classroom."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to build JU into one of the top women's basketball programs in the Atlantic Sun Conference," said Dunn, who emerged from more than 100 candidates. "There is so much potential to be successful at Jacksonville University and I am looking forward to the challenge of making that potential become a reality. JU is a place where student-athletes can excel on the court and in the classroom. In addition, Jacksonville is one of the most vibrant and growing cities in the country."

Dunn has spent the last three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and top assistant coach at Georgia State, where the Panthers captured three straight A-Sun regular-season titles and played in the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments. The Panthers have won 59 games the past three seasons, including a 40-16 mark in A-Sun play. In 2003-04, Dunn's recruiting class was rated in the Top 100 nationally by All-Star Girls Report.

The 32-year-old Dalton, Ga. native was head coach at Western Carolina from 1998-2000. Dunn led the Catamounts to 23 wins in two seasons as head coach, including 12 wins in 1998-99, the most in 15 years at WCU and the most ever by a first-year head coach. Before being elevated to head coach, Dunn was the top assistant coach in 1997-98.

She spent the 2000-01 season as the top assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), where the RedHawks finished 18-11. Dunn began her coaching career as an assistant at South Carolina from 1994-97. As a player, Dunn was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at Georgia Southern (1990-93). The former team captain was a Second-Team All-Southern Conference selection and was chosen to the SoCon All-Tournament Team as a senior in 1993, after leading the Lady Eagles to the Southern Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Dunn graduated as the school's all-time leader in assists and three-point field goals made. In addition, she was named Georgia Southern's Woman of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball as a senior. Dunn earned her B.S. in education from Georgia Southern in 1994.

Coaching Experience:
2001-04     Assistant Coach, Georgia State
2000-01     Assistant Coach, Miami (Ohio)
1998-2000   Head Coach, Western Carolina
            Overall Record: 23-33 (12-16 in 1998-99; 11-17 in 1999-2000)
1997-98     Assistant Coach, Western Carolina
1994-97     Assistant Coach, South Carolina

1994        B.S., Education, Georgia Southern University