Dee Pennix promoted to associate head coach
JU women’s basketball head coach Jill Dunn made one final tweak to her coaching staff by naming her longest tenured assistant, Dee Pennix, associate head coach.

Pennix, who joined Dunn’s staff in 2005, has been instrumental in building the program into an Atlantic Sun Conference power by assisting in recruiting while also working with the development of Dolphin post players. Also included in her tutelage was the molding of three-time all-conference selection and all-time scoring leader Ashley Williams.

“Dee is very deserving of this promotion,” said Dunn. “She has been extremely loyal to me, our women’s basketball program and Jacksonville University. Her hard work and determination has been a vital part of our success the past two years. This title represents just a small part of my appreciation for all that she has done to help build our program into an A-Sun contender. Dee’s commitment and work ethic exemplifies the standard of coaching we want for our student-athletes.”

In Pennix’s three years with the program, the Dolphins have set numerous team and individual records while also earning national recognition. Last season, the Dolphins finished with the best record in program history (23-9) while earning votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll and reaching the A-Sun Championship game for the first time.

Prior to JU, she served two years as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina, where she assisted in all aspects of the program and also served as the recruiting coordinator. In two years with the Chanticleers, Pennix helped lead the squad to a pair of Big South Conference tournament appearances.

Pennix joined the Coastal Carolina staff in 2003 after spending four years as an assistant coach at her alma-mater, High Point University.

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 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.