Pacific Lutheran University Basketball

Salisbury & Janousek Earn All-NWC Honors

Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball student-athletes Madison Salisbury and Emma Janousek were recognized by the Northwest Conference on Wednesday, both earning Honorable Mention All-NWC accolades.  Read More

Jennifer Childress

Head Coach


Jennifer Childress was named womens basketball head coach at Pacific Lutheran University on April 25, 2013. Childress program at PLU is based on the key aspects of discipline, commitment and teamwork. One of her key tenets is the belief that unceasing work ethic combined with realistic attainable goals provides student-athletes with confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Every victory – large and small – will be celebrated and not overlooked.


Childress served as Western Washington Universitys associate head coach from 2006 through 2013. As that programs recruiting coordinator, she helped bring in the players that ended up making a deep run into the 2013 Division II national tournament. Western Washington lost in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Ashland (Ohio), and WWU finished its most recent season with a 29-4 record. During Childress time with the program the Vikings compiled an overall 145-50 win-loss record.


Prior to serving as Western Washingtons associate head coach, Childress was the head assistant coach at Cal State-San Bernardino from 2002-06. Before that she was a part-time assistant at Western Washington from 2001-02, and she got her start in coaching as the girls basketball head coach at Meridian High School in Bellingham from 1995-2001.






GC Hillburn

Assistant Coach


GC Hillburn joined the Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant prior to the 2018-2019 season.


“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with GC,” said Head Coach Jennifer Childress. “He’s a well-respected and successful coach from the greater Seattle area and has a ton of experience. GC’s basketball wisdom, expertise in player-skill development, and energy-filled personality, will make an immediate impact on the quality of our Lute women’s basketball program.”


Hillburn joins the Lutes after 12 years’ experience coaching at the college, AAU, and high school ranks. He previously served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Kentlake High School for three seasons. Under his direction, the Falcons compiled a 61-22 record on the hardwood. His tenure included an undefeated SPSL Northwest Conference Championship during the 2015-16 season, an NPSL Cascade Division Championship in 2016-17, while finishing sixth at the WIAA 4A Championships in 2018.