TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005
Women's Basketball Names Dee Pennix Assistant Coach

June 14, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU has hired former Coastal Carolina assistant Dee Pennix as assistant women's basketball coach, head coach Jill Dunn announced today. Pennix comes to JU after two seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina, where she assisted in all aspects of the program and also served as the recruiting coordinator. She replaces Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, who accepted a similar position at Charlotte on May 25 after helping the Dolphins to their most wins since the 2002-03 season.

In two years with the Chanticleers, Pennix helped lead the squad to a pair of Big South Conference Tournament appearances and was responsible for restructuring the 2004-05 team after graduating their entire starting lineup the previous year. Her top recruit, Kim Turner, was named Second-Team All-Big South after leading The Lady Chants with 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest this past year.

"Dee brings experience in every aspect of the game to our program," said Dunn, who just completed her first season as JU's head coach. "The connections and ties she has developed over the past six years in the southeast will be instrumental to the success of our future recruiting."

Pennix joined the Coastal Carolina staff in 2003 after spending four years as an assistant coach at her alma-mater, High Point University, where she served as travel coordinator, developed and monitored strength and conditioning programs and assisted in recruiting. During her tenure at High Point, she helped the Panthers improve their record from 6-22 in 1999-00 to an 18-12 mark the following year and advanced to the Big South Conference Championship Game against Liberty. She has also served as a collegiate camp clinician at Wake Forest, Appalachian State, High Point and Coastal Carolina during her career.

A four-year letterwinner at High Point from 1995-99, Pennix led the Panthers to a pair of Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament titles and an appearance in the NCAA Division II East Regional Elite Eight in 1996. She earned Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Year accolades in 1995 and was also named CVAC All-Tournament in 1995 and 1996. As a senior, Pennix served as team captain and was later named the Panther's Most Valuable Player. She finished her career ranked seventh in the Panther record book with career 1,457 points. A native of Elon, N.C., Pennix earned her bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation in 1999.