DUNN'S PLAYING HIGHLIGHTS
Nineteen-year coaching veteran Jill Dunn enters her first season as an assistant at VCU after spending the previous nine years as the head coach at Jacksonville University.
Dunn, who brings 11 years of head coaching experience to the Rams’ bench, transformed Jacksonville’s women’s basketball program into yearly contenders in the Atlantic Sun Conference during her tenure, including the most successful run in program history.
"Coach Jill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program," said VCU Head Coach Marlene Stollings. "Her previous experience as a head coach will play a vital role in the overall development of our young ladies as well as the advancement of our program. Coach Jill will be instrumental in helping us achieve national recognition. We are ecstatic to have someone of her caliber joining Ram Nation."
Dunn, who inherited a 3-24 Jacksonville squad when she was hired
in 2004-05, wasted little time reviving the program as she guided
the Dolphins to an astounding 21-9 record in just her third
season. Her squads went on to make three trips to the A-Sun
championship game in four seasons from 2007-11, while posting
back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time in program history
(2006-08). The Dolphins nearly made it three straight with a
19-win season in 2008-09. Jacksonville also made national
attention in 2007-08, receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25
"I am thrilled to be joining the VCU staff,” said Dunn. “From the first time I spoke to Coach Marlene I was impressed with her vision for the program. It is an amazing opportunity and I am excited to help build VCU into a team that is consistently winning conference championships and advancing on the national stage."
The Dalton, Ga., native has a natural ability for developing talent having tutored 20 all-conference selections, including an A-Sun Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year (first in program history), Defensive Player of the Year (first in program history) and a pair of conference tournament MVPs.
Dunn’s Jacksonville squads consistently ranked among the best in the A-Sun in several defensive categories, including blocks, steals and rebounding (set school rebounding record five straight years). During her first six seasons, the Dolphins held their opponent to under 50 points on 23 occasions, which only occurred five times in five total seasons prior to Dunn’s arrival. Her teams also made noise of the offensive end, finishing with the top two scoring averages in program history with 67.7 ppg in 2007-08 and 64.0 ppg in 2010-11.
Prior to Jacksonville, Dunn spent three seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Georgia State University, where the Panthers captured three straight A-Sun regular season titles and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004. Georgia State also compiled 59 wins during her three-year tenure, including an impressive 40-16 mark in the A-Sun.
Dunn, who has also made coaching stops at Miami (Ohio), Western Carolina (as both a head coach and assistant) and South Carolina, began her basketball career as a four-year letterwinner at Georgia Southern from 1989-93. While serving as team captain as a senior, she earned second team All-Southern Conference honors and was selected to the league’s all-tournament team after guiding the Eagles to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A member of the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame, Dunn finished her career as the program’s career leader in 3-point field goal percentage (.373), while ranking among the Top 10 all-time in assists, 3-pointers and steals.
She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Georgia Southern in 1994.