Former WWU assistant, Meridian head coach takes women's basketball reigns at PLU


Former Western Washington University women's basketball associated head coach and recruiting coordinator Jennifer Childress was named head coach for the Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball team on Thursday, April 25.

Childress served on head coach Carmen Dolfo's staff at Western for six seasons beginning in the 2006-07 season. She took last season off for a sabbatical. She also was a part-time assistant for the Vikings in 2001-02, before serving as the head assistant coach at Cal State-San Bernardino from 2002-06.

She got her start in coaching as the girls' basketball coach at Meridian from 1995 to 2001.

She takes over at PLU from Kelly Robinson, who resigned after compiling a 54-93 record in six seasons with the Lutes. The team went 6-17 last year.

"I look forward to working for a strong academic university with a tradition of great athletics," Childress said in a PLU press release, "as well as being able to work with the progressive leadership at PLU. There is a strong future for PLU athletics with positive changes that I noticed going on there, and I'm excited to be a part of it."

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