Pruett named new women’s head coach

University Communications

Jennifer Pruett was named SVSU’s new head women’s basketball coach today, according to an SVSU press release.

Previously, she worked at Division I St. Bonaventure University for three seasons, the press release stated. While an assistant coach for the team, St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team saw its first All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team member since the 2006-07 season, it stated.

The press release stated Pruett coached a student-athlete to Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2016-17 and helped developed “one of the most improved players in the league, increasing totals from 1.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg and .2 apg to figures of 10 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.2 apg.”

Decker said he was “delighted” to have Pruett join SVSU, the press released stated.

“(Pruett) is a native Michigander who knows our recruiting territory very well,” Decker said in the press release. “She is a very hard worker and teacher as well. Those qualities, along with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the game, have created a great deal of optimism about the future for our women’s basketball program.”

Pruett is thankful for the opportunity to be SVSU’s women’s head coach.

“I would like to thank John Decker, Angela Pohl, the search committee and everyone who took time to meet with me to discuss the future success of our women’s basketball program,” Pruett said in the press release. “I am thrilled for this opportunity to lead and mentor these young women. This team is driven in the classroom, represented by their team GPA of 3.5, and they are driven to win championships. They have a strong work ethic and are ready to see their hard work pay off.”

Pruett has previously served as a collegiate coach for four years at Kent State, Longwood and Central Michigan, the press release stated.

Before that, she was the head coach at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School in Powhatan, Virginia for two years, it stated. She led her team to a 38-20 record, and the team had finished 5-16 the season before she arrived at the school.

At Kent State, Pruett was in charge of recruiting Michigan, Indiana, Florida and parts of Virginia, Kentucky, northern Ohio and the Cincinnati area, it stated.

At Longwood, she worked with the team’s guards during the 2011-12 campaign, the press release stated. She was also the team’s academic liaison.

Pruett’s first  collegiate came from being a  volunteer assistant coach for Central Michigan in 2010-11, it stated. She then played at Ohio University for three years as a three-year starter and team captain for two seasons.

Pruett was a  2008 Mid-American Conference All-Tournament team selection and an Academic All-MAC honoree, the press release said. She was the team’s representative on Ohio’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  Pruett also played at Michigan State for the 2005-06 season.

Pruett graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education in 2009 and a graduate degree in coaching education in 2010, the press release stated.

Pruett is eager to start her new position at SVSU.

“I want to thank my family and all who have supported me throughout this process,” Pruett said in the press release. “This will be an exciting year, and I am eager to get on campus, meet our players and put together our staff. We will be committed to excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the court by creating a culture that our Cardinal fans will be proud of. I am truly honored and blessed to be the next head coach at Saginaw Valley State University.”

Kaitlyn Farley

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