TUESDAY, JUNE 01, 2004
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

June 1, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick as assistant women's basketball coach, first-year head coach Jill Dunn announced today. Kirkpatrick comes to JU after two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, where she helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. Dunn was named the Dolphins' second head coach on April 22.

Kirkpatrick joined the Georgia Tech staff in 2002 after playing professionally for a year in France. She helped lead the Yellow Jackets 34 wins the past two campaigns, including one of the most successful seasons in the program's history. Tech went 20-11 in 2002-03 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time, while also competing in the postseason for the fourth straight year. The 19 wins were the most in the regular season for Georgia Tech in school history, while the 20 wins on the year matched the most for a Yellow Jacket squad since becoming a Division I program. Georgia Tech finished fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 8-8 record and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Championship. Three Yellow Jackets earned All-ACC honors in 2003, while Sonja Mallory was a WBCA All-District and ACC All-Defensive Team honoree.

"I'm excited to bring Brenda's level of coaching and playing experience to JU," said Dunn, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Georgia State. "She was a standout ACC player and went on to become an assistant coach at a standout ACC program in Georgia Tech. Brenda's ability to recruit the Southeast, especially in Florida, should pay immediate dividends as we build the JU Dolphin program."

Kirkpatrick spent the 2001-02 season playing professionally for Nantes-Reze 44 in Nantes, France. This came on the heels of a standout four-year playing career at Wake Forest, in which she played in every game during her career. The two-year captain started all 56 games for the Deamon Deacons during her junior and senior seasons, when she averaged 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The Waynesville, N.C. native earned Honorable-Mention All-ACC honors as a senior in 2001, as well as First-Team District III Academic All-America honors. Kirkpatrick finished her career with 803 points, while ranking 10th all-time on Wake's career list with 568 rebounds. Her .481 career field goal percentage also ranks fifth all-time in the Deamon Deacon record books and she was a four-year member of the ACC Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

A solid all-around student-athlete, Kirkpatrick graduated cum laude from Wake Forest with a B.A. in history and sociology in 2000. During her fifth year at Wake, she earned a M.A. in education, serving as a student teacher at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. .