Gillom Joins Connecticut Sun Coaching Staff

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (February 4, 2013) – Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan announced today that Jennifer Gillom will join her staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

“I am super excited to be working with Jennifer,” Donovan said. “Our connection goes back to the 1988 Olympic team when we played together. Jennifer brings a wealth of experience to our team. She won a gold medal recently as an assistant coach in London, and she has WNBA head coaching experience. She will be a huge asset to our organization.”

A 2009 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Gillom brings extensive experience to Connecticut as both a player and coach.

“I am very pleased to be joining a top notch organization and a well-respected coach and person in Anne Donovan,” Gillom said. “I have a good rapport with many of the players and look forward to a successful season.”

An assistant coach with the Washington Mystics in 2012, Gillom was a head coach of both the Los Angeles Sparks (2010 and 2011) and Minnesota Lynx (2009). She was also an assistant coach on the staff of the USA Basketball Team that won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic. Gillom began her coaching career in 2004 at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, leading the girls’ basketball team at the private high school to a 130-25 record in six seasons.

“We are pleased to have a coach with Jennifer’s resume join our staff,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “She will be a tremendous asset to our athletes.”

One of the first players signed by the WNBA, Gillom played seven seasons in the league from 1997 to 2003. She spent six years with the Phoenix Mercury before completing her career with the Los Angeles Sparks. She led the Mercury to the playoffs three times, including a trip to the WNBA Finals in 1998. She averaged career-highs of 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during that 1998 regular season. She also appeared in the WNBA Finals with the Sparks in 2003. The winner of the 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, Gillom averaged of 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds during her career.

Prior to joining the WNBA, Gillom played professionally overseas in Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. Collegiately, she played for Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor at Mississippi, where she earned 1986 SEC Female Athlete of the Year honors. A Kodak All-American that same year, Gillom was a four-time All-SEC first team selection.