Philadelphia Jennifer Wasson, former assistant to new Penn Head Women’s Basketball Coach Patrick Knapp at Georgetown, makes the journey up I-95 to join the Penn staff as the Quakers’ new assistant coach. The University of Mobile graduate brings over a decade of experience to The Palestra.
Along with Knapp, Wasson will provide game preparation for the team, scout upcoming opponents and work with each student-athlete in individual preparation. She will also serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator and equipment manager as well as manage the team’s pre and postseason conditioning program.
“Having spent a year with Jennifer, I know she is able to do the work of two people,” Coach Knapp commented. “With the work she has been able to do at places like Western Kentucky, South Florida, South Alabama and UAB, I know first hand that she is an excellent on-court teacher.”
Wasson joined the Hoyas staff in 2004 after serving as the assistant coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 1997. During that time the Blazers advanced to quarterfinals of the 2001 Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and was the 2000 Conference-USA runner-up, making an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining the UAB staff, Wasson served as an assistant with the University of South Florida in 1996 and as an administrative assistant with the University of South Alabama (1995) and Western Kentucky University (1994). While on the WKU staff, the Hilltoppers won the 1994 Sun Belt Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. She began her coaching career in 1993 as an assistant coach with Faulkner State University and helped lead the women’s basketball team to the 1993 Alabama State Championship and an appearance in the National Junior Community College (NJCCA) National Tournament.
Wasson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1994 from the University of Mobile while also earning a minor in physical education. She earned her Masters in physical education from Western Kentucky in 1998, concentrating on recreation.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications