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Lady Lions Round Out Coaching Staff With Two Hires

Following a successful rebuilding campaign for Penn State women’s basketball, Carolyn Kieger has channeled her program’s momentum by landing two established assistant coaches to round out her staff.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Lady Lions made their first offseason coaching move by adding Aaron Kallhoff to the team’s experienced sideline. The 18-year college coaching veteran most recently made his mark at LSU, where he played an integral role in landing a top-20 recruiting class in 2019.

In his second season with the Tigers in 2019-20, he helped guide the squad to a successful 20-win season, but the team’s potential NCAA Tournament berth was derailed by the onset of the pandemic.

During Kalhoff’s three-year stint in Baton Rouge, he specialized in developing the program’s frontcourt. His valuable expertise around the low-post helped progress forwards Faustine Aifuwa and Ayana Mitchell into two All-SEC presences in the paint.

Additionally, Kalhoff’s resume boasts another three seasons as a Power Five assistant at TCU, where he helped oversee a group that found the postseason in two of his three campaigns as the lead assistant to head coach Raegan Pebley.

Before landing in Fort Worth, Kalhoff served as an assistant for Arkansas State and Trinity Valley Community College, after spending a year at the helm of Hill College and Allen County Community College, respectively.

Most recently, the Lady Lions nabbed Sarah Jenkins as the program’s third assistant coach Wednesday afternoon to complete the staff’s makeup.

Jenkins comes to Happy Valley after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Delaware. In 2020-21, Jenkins was elevated to associate head coach and was instrumental in guiding the Blue Hens to their best campaign in nearly a decade, resulting in a 24-5 record.

The output produced a Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship and a berth in the WNIT semifinals. Additionally, three Blue Hen starters earned all-conference recognition under Jenkins’ guidance, including Conference Player of the Year Jasmine Dickey.

Before embarking on her journey at Delaware, Jenkins spent three years as an assistant for Georgetown, her alma mater, where she helped lead the Hoyas to two WNIT appearances. Her track record of player development began in Washington D.C. by mentoring several All-Big East selections during her tenure, including former Big East Rookie of the Year Dorothy Adomako.

Prior to entering the college ranks, Jenkins began her coaching career as a high school head coach in Florida, including stops at The Geneva School and Winter Park High School. At the helm, she led each school to two district championships and two regional final appearances.

As a player, Jenkins began her career at Maryland but transferred to Georgetown following her first season. She excelled on the court as a two-time captain and in the classroom, earning Big East Academic All-Star distinctions by finishing with two degrees as a Hoya.

The additions of Kallhoff and Jenkins will help Penn State solidify its brand on the recruiting trail. This offseason, the Lady Lions have added two transfer guards and currently hold the nation’s 16th-best class for the next recruiting cycle.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania majoring in journalism. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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