Jessie Kenlaw Coach Page

Jessie Kenlaw Assistant Coach
Savannah State '77

Jessie Kenlaw is in her seventh season as an assistant coach in the WNBA and her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Storm under head coach Anne Donovan.

Kenlaw, who also serves as one of the Storm’s primary college scouts, joined the staff after spending three previous seasons with the Portland Fire under Linda Hargrove, whom she also worked with as an assistant with the Colorado Xplosion of the ABL in the 1998-99 season.

Prior to her stint with the Fire, Kenlaw was an assistant under head coach Leon Barmore at Louisiana Tech, where she was in charge of working with the post players as well as scouting, recruiting and game preparation.

A native of Guyton, GA, Kenlaw was the head coach for the women’s basketball team at the University of Houston for eight years (1990-1998). While at Houston, she compiled a career record of 106-121 and led the Lady Cougars to postseason play two times. In 1991, she was named BCA National Coach of the Year after leading Houston to a 21-7 record and the university’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kenlaw was also an assistant coach at Houston from 1988-1990 (under former Detroit Shock Head Coach Greg Williams) and at Lamar University from 1987-88.

Kenlaw earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Savannah State in 1977. Though the school did not institute a basketball program until her senior year, she was a member of the Tigerettes inaugural season in 1976-77, earning team MVP honors. She later played professionally as a pioneer in the Women’s Professional Basketball League from 1979-82 with the Houston Angels and Phoenix Flames, helping lead the Angels to the World Championship in 1980.

Coach Headlines

February 27, 2006
Storm Re-Signs Kenlaw
April 27, 2004
Jessie Kenlaw, Women's Basketball Pioneer
March 12, 2003
Kenlaw Moves North Up I-5