TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2003
Women's Basketball Names Jason Senuta Assistant Coach

July 29, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team has named Jason Senuta assistant coach, head coach Melissa Taketa announced Tuesday. Senuta, a former Maryland-Baltimore County assistant, has seven years of coaching experience, including five at the high school and AAU levels.

Senuta joins the Dolphin staff after serving as an assistant at UMBC the past two seasons. Last season the Retrievers advanced to the Northeast Conference Championship game. Senuta helped guide senior guard Shalayna Johnson to Second-Team All-NEC honors by averaging 21.9 points per game last season, guards Jessie Brown and Matea Pender earn All-NEC honors during the 2001-02 season.

Senuta will assist in all fascets of the women's basketball program, including recruiting, individual workouts, travel planning, conditioning and monitoring the student-athletes' academic progress.

"We are excited to have Jason join the staff," said Taketa, who is entering her fifth season at JU. "His knowledge of the game and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our team."

Prior to UMBC, Senuta led the Blue Ridge Force to the 2001 Maryland AAU State Championship (15-and-under). He also coached at Walkersville (Md.) High from 1997-2001, serving as associate head coach for the girls' varsity during the 2000-01 season and as head coach for the junior varsity from 1997-2000.

Senuta, a native of Walkersville, Md., earned his B.S. in elementary education from St. Francis (Pa.) College in 1997. He was a student assistant for the St. Francis women's team from 1994-96 and began his coaching career at Hollidaysburg (Pa.) Junior High in 1996. Senuta and his wife, Lynde, now reside in Jacksonville.