The Hoops for the Stars Program promotes success in inner-city elementary and middle schools in Providence, R.I.
Five players from the squad and two staff members spent the afternoon assisting the organization with daily tasks.
Players and coaches visited the hospital June 20.
Jen Wasson begins her third year with the Providence College women's basketball program during the 2014-15 season as the Director of Women's Basketball Administration.
Wasson arrived at Providence after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Troy University in Alabama (2009-12). Prior to her three-year stint at Troy, Wasson was an assistant coach at University of Pennsylvania under former Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Knapp (2004-09). Under Knapp, Wasson provided game preparation for the team, scouted upcoming opponents and worked with student-athletes in individual preparation. She also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and equipment manager.
Prior to her time at Penn, Wasson worked the sidelines at Georgetown for one season (2003-04). Before her tenure at Georgetown, she served as the assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 1997 until 2004. During that time the Blazers advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and were the 2000 Conference-USA runner-up, making an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
During her time with UAB, the program produced eight all-conference performers, three Conference Freshmen of the Year winners and a two-time Conference-USA Player of the Year. In 2002-03, Wasson assisted in signing one of the Top-40 recruiting classes in the nation, according to the All-Star Girls' Report.
In 1997, Wasson assisted in signing UAB's second recruiting class, which was ranked in the Top-40 by Blue Star Index and All-Star Girls' Report. Since then, each recruiting class has followed suit. In 1998, she signed Deanna Jackson, UAB's first-ever WNBA draft selection and followed in 1999 with C-USA Freshman of the Year, Michelle Smith. Then in 2000, Natasha Thomas received All-Freshman Team honors.
Prior to joining the UAB staff, Wasson served as an assistant with the University of South Florida in 1996 and an administrative assistant with the University of South Alabama (1995) and Western Kentucky University (1994). While she was on the WKU staff, the Hilltoppers won the 1994 Sun Belt Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
She began her coaching career in 1993 as an assistant coach with Faulkner State University and helped lead the women's basketball team to the 1993 Alabama State Championship and an appearance in the National Junior Community College (NJCCA) National Tournament.
Wasson earned a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1994 from the University of Mobile, while also earning a minor in physical education. She earned her master's in physical education from Western Kentucky in 1998, concentrating on recreation.
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