May 16, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Susan Robinson Fruchtl, Providence College's first-year head coach for women's basketball, announced today (May 15) that Jen Wasson and Lynne-Ann Kokoski will join her staff. Wasson has been named Director of Women's Basketball Administration, while Kokoski will serve as Coordinator of Women's Basketball Operations. Robinson Fruchtl recently filled her coaching staff with Dan Durkin, Kristeena Alexander and Dario Hernandez.
Wasson comes to Providence after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Troy University in Alabama. 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. Kokoski joins the Friars as Coordinator of Women's Basketball Operations after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Bryant University.
She has helped guide the Bulldogs to 37 victories during her three seasons on the Bryant coaching staff, while the Bulldogs continued their transition into NCAA Division I. Bryant made the jump from NCAA Division II status, where it competed in the Northeast 10 Conference.
Prior to joining the basketball coaching staff, Kokoski served as the Director of Marketing and Promotions at Bryant, handling all aspects of athletics marketing including game-day promotions and ticket sales and was also responsible for generating and cultivating relationships with our corporate sponsors.
Kokoski graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University in 2008. She was a four-year member of the women's basketball team from 2004-08. The heart of the Bulldogs, Kokoski was a solo captain her senior year, she led the team to a 20 win season, the NE-10 Conference Championship and the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kokoski was also the recipient of the Omar Shareef Spirit Award.
In the Bryant record books, the former point guard sits at No. 3 in all-time assists (385) and No.6 in steals (161). She has played 2811 total minutes for the Bulldogs (No. 5) and her 236 made free throws are sixth all-time. Kokoski also owns several single-season records. She is tops in assists (213) and minutes played (1,150) and is No. 4 in steals (72).
A Hatfield, Mass. native, Kokoski graduated with a degree in marketing and earned her masters degree in business administration from Bryant in 2010.
FOR TRANSACTIONS: Jen Wasson named Director of Women's Basketball Administration and Lynne-Ann Kokoski named Coordinator of Women's Basketball Operations at Providence College.
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