TUESDAY, AUGUST 06, 2002
Mollie Kahn Joins Women's Basketball Staff

Aug. 6, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Mollie Kahn as an assistant women's basketball coach, head coach Melissa Taketa announced today. Kahn, who enters her first season as a full-time assistant, comes to JU after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton the past two seasons. She will monitor the Dolphins' preseason and postseason workouts and the Dolphins' academic progress, while assisting with recruiting.

"Mollie's work ethic and commitment has translated into tremendous success on the court and in the classroom," Taketa said. "She is well-rounded as a coach, gaining a wealth of experience as a graduate assistant, and she will be an excellent example for our student-athletes."

Kahn served as a graduate assistant coach at Lynn from 2000-02, while earning her master's degree in sports administration. While at Lynn, Kahn helped lead the Fighting Knights to their first winning season since joining the Sunshine State Conference in 1997 (15-12) and helped guide Kerri Rulison to back-to-back all-conference selections.

As a player, the 25-year-old native of Newton, Iowa, was a three-year captain for Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she graduated with a degree in exercise science in 2000. Kahn teamed up with her twin sister, Megan, who is now an assistant coach at Southwest Texas State University, to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in 1999 en route to All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Honorable Mention honors. She was also a two-time MIAA presidential scholar and made the MIAA commissioner's academic honor roll all four years.

Following graduation from Truman State, Kahn served as a strength and conditioning intern at Iowa State, where she developed and monitored the strength and conditioning programs, monitored fitness tests and instructed student-athletes on proper lifting techniques and speed and agility exercises. Kahn is a 1996 graduate of Newton High School, where she was an all-conference performer and helped lead her basketball team to a state tournament appearance in 1994. She was also a three-time state qualifier in swimming and holds four school records in the 200-yard, 200-meter, 400-yard and 400-meter relays.

The Dolphins, who return their top two all-time leading scorers in senior forward Kat Sungy and junior forward Yolisha Jackson, open the 2002 campaign by hosting Morris Brown on Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.