CHARLOTTE, NC -- Johnson & Wales Charlotte Athletic Director Trudi Lacey has announced Jill Dunn as the new Head Coach of the Women's Basketball program. Dunn brings a wealth of experience at the highest levels of college basketball, as her coaching career spans 19 years at the NCAA Division I level, including ten years as a Division I head coach.
"Coach Dunn brings knowledge and experience that will help our women's basketball program continue to be competitive on the national stage," remarked JWU AD Lacey. "We are pleased to welcome Coach Dunn to the Wildcat family."
Dunn's most recent stop was Virginia Commonwealth University where she served one season as an Assistant Coach. She helped the Rams to a record of 22-10 and ended the season with a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Prior to her time in Richmond, Dunn was the Head Coach at Jacksonville University from 2004 - 2013, where she still holds the record for most wins by a head coach with 126. Included in that total were wins over the University of Florida, University of Miami (FL), and Wake Forest University. The Dolphins made it to the ASUN Conference Finals three times under Dunn's guidance, and posted consecutive 20 win campaigns in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Perhaps most impressively, 29 of 29 players coached by Dunn graduated during her tenure at Jacksonville.
Before ascending to the head spot at Jacksonville, Dunn served as an assistant at Georgia State University from 2001-2004. The Panthers won three ASUN titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances during that span. Dunn also had stints as assistant coach at Miami University (OH) (2000-01) and the University of South Carolina (1994-1997).
Dunn served as the head coach at Western Carolina University during the 1999-2000 season, leading the Catamounts to double-digit wins after serving as an assistant coach during the 1998-99 season.
"I am thrilled to be named the new Head Coach at JWU," said Dunn. "I want to thank Trudi Lacey, Director of Athletics for allowing me this opportunity to get back into coaching and to continue my love for the game and my passion for coaching, teaching and influencing student athletes."
Originally from Dalton, GA, Dunn was a standout player for Georgia Southern University prior to beginning her coaching career. A Georgia Southern Hall of Fame inductee, she ranks second in Eagle Women's Basketball history in three-point percentage for a career (36.6%). She also ranks of fifth all-time in assists (318), eleventh in steals (164), and thirteenth for three-pointers in a career (120). In 1993, Dunn was named Southern Conference All-Tournament Team while captaining the Eagles to a conference title and NCAA tournament appearance.