TUESDAY, JULY 03, 2001
Michelle Karlon Named Women's Basketball Assistant

July 3, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Michelle Karlon has been named assistant women's basketball coach at JU, head coach Melissa Taketa announced today.

Karlon, who served as a graduate assistant last season at Florida State when the Lady Seminoles finished 19-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, brings a wealth of experience to the third-year Dolphin program after a one-year stint at FSU, a three-year stay at Catawba College and four years as a collegiate athlete.

"Michelle's very enthusiastic and anxious to get started here at JU," Taketa said. "She's got an excellent work ethic and brings experience from a big-time program after spending last season at Florida State. She generally cares about the student-athletes and can really communicate with the players."

Prior to last season, Karlon coached three years at Catawba College as an assistant coach where she helped lead the Lady Indians average 20 wins a year. In addition to her basketball duties, Karlon also served as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams as well as serving as the team's academic supervisor.

As a player, Karlon earned All-Carolina/Virginia Athletic Conference honors on the hardwood at St. Andrews College where she averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds an outing as a senior. That year, she led the club with 44 3-point baskets and was the team's leading scorer eight times, including a 30-point game against High Point.

As a junior, Karlon earned team MVP honors, leading the Lady Knights in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists. Karlon began her collegiate career at Roane State (Tenn.) Community College where she earned team Defensive MVP honors in 1995 after a stellar prep career at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School where she was a four-time letterwinner in basketball and softball while lettering twice in soccer.

Off the court, Karlon was a Dean's List student and member of Alpha Chi, the St. Andrews Honor Society, student advisory committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She earned a B.S. in sports medicine from St. Andrews in 1997 and will earn her Master's Degree in sports administration from Florida State later this month. She is married to Shane Karlon of Concord, N.C.