Pacific Lutheran University Basketball
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.
Kelsey Patrick joins the Pacific Lutheran University womens basketball staff as an assistant prior to the 2016-2017 season.
Patrick comes to PLU after serving as coach for the Eastside Basketball Club, an AAU program in Redmond, Washington, and as a varsity assistant at Juanita High School.Prior to coaching, Patrick played professionally overseas, suiting up for BCT Alexandria in Romania after a standout career at Division I Pepperdine University.
As a collegian, Patrick earned West Coast Conference All-Academic accolades on three occasions. She led the Waves in rebounding as a senior, averaging 8.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.