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Girls Basketball: Rosary names Jessie Wilcox coach

Jessie Wilcox who scored 1007 points during her career Northern Illinois University has been named new varsity girls basketball coach

Jessie Wilcox, who scored 1,007 points during her career at Northern Illinois University, has been named the new varsity girls basketball coach at Rosary High School. | Photo courtesy of NIU Media Services

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Updated: July 1, 2012 11:46AM

Former Northern Illinois University guard Jessie Wilcox has been named the new varsity girls basketball coach at Rosary High School.

The Oshkosh, Wis., native graduated from Northern in 2009 after playing four years for former Huskie boss Carol Owens and says she hopes to implement an uptempo style.

“My style is that I like to play a fast-paced game and take advantage of our offensive opportunities in transition while the defense is on its heels,” she said. “I like to play a lot of man-to-man (defense) and our goal will be to try to disrupt what the other team is trying to do.”

Wilcox played in 29 games as a freshman at Northern then started for three straight seasons, averaging 9.8, 10.3 and 10.9 points in succeeding years. She finished with 1,007 career points, was a 2009 All-Mid-American Conference selection and earned academic honors for her 3.89 GPA while completing her degree in art education.

“I fell in love with the area during my time at NIU,” Wilcox said. “I love being close to a big city but not too close. And during my time in college, I helped out at DeKalb High School, working with (then) coach Debbie Whitman and her program, especially with camps during the summer. I fell in love with that level of coaching.”

After graduation, Wilcox relocated to Colorado and coached an AAU traveling program out of Denver before returning home in 2010 to serve as assistant women’s basketball coach and women’s golf coach at NCAA Division III UW-Oshkosh.

“I loved my time there, but the high school level is where I want to be at, I love that engagement with kids that age,” said Wilcox, who is looking for a full-time teaching job in her field.

“If I don’t find one, I’m going to be a full-time substitute at Rosary,” she said. “I’m certified K-12, but obviously the position would have to be in close proximity to Rosary.”

Wilcox was a four-year starter in high school for state power Oshkosh West High School, where she set single-season school records for assists (83) and steals (48) and ranks fourth all-time in career scoring with 913 points. She is No. 1 in career steals (207) and assists (272).

She helped lead the team to back-to-back state championships in 2003 and 2004 and the team made three Final Four appearances and four Elite Eight appearances in her four seasons.

“With Jessie’s playing and coaching accomplishments, we believe she will make a great addition to our athletic staff and will bring a wealth of basketball experience into our program,” Rosary athletic director Mary Lou Kunold said.

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