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Jennie Baranczyk Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

May 10, 2010

BOULDER - Jennie Baranczyk has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Colorado, head coach Linda Lappe announced on Monday.

Baranczyk, 28, will begin her duties immediately. She will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator and assist with opponent scouting, practice planning and pre and postseason workouts. Baranczyk will also take the lead in the development of CU's post players.

"I am excited about the opportunity to coach at the University of Colorado and help to bring back the strong tradition of women's basketball here," Baranczyk said. "I really think coach Lappe has a good vision for the future of this program and I look forward to recruiting elite student-athletes who can compete in the Big 12 Conference.

"I've known coach Lappe for a long time (dating back to prep days in Iowa). I'm excited about coaching post players in her system. I hope to bring passion and enthusiasm not only as a coach on the floor but also to the Boulder community."

Baranczyk comes to Colorado after four seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette University (2006-10) as a member of Terri Mitchell's staff, where she helped the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 81-53 and four postseason tournament appearances.

At Marquette, Baranczyk's duties included the development of post players, on and off campus recruiting, game scheduling, opponent scouting and serving as a liaison for media relations.

During Baranczyk's first season at Marquette, she assisted the Golden Eagles to a 26-7 record and a spot in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. MU qualified for the WNIT postseason event her last three seasons, winning the championship in 2008, a run that included an 86-72 semifinal win over Colorado in Boulder.

"Jennie is one of the best young coaches in the nation and she will be a huge asset in terms of recruiting and overall knowledge of the game," Lappe said. "She is a very good teacher, a proven winner and has high character. We are thrilled to have her on board."

This will be Baranczyk's second venture into the Big 12 Conference as she began her professional coaching career with a two year stint at Kansas State University (2004-06) under Deb Patterson. She joined the Wildcats' staff during the 2004-05 season, serving as assistant director of basketball operations in charge of administrative and organizational aspects of the program.

She was promoted to a full-time assistant coach during the 2005-06 campaign as the Wildcats finished 24-10 and won the WNIT postseason championship. Baranczyk also earned her master's degree in counseling and student development from Kansas State in 2006.

Formerly Jennie Lillis, Baranczyk was a four-year letterwinner at forward for the University of Iowa (2000-04). One of the best all-around players in Hawkeye basketball history, she was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection, earning first team honors as a junior (2003) and second team recognition as a sophomore (2002) and senior (2004).

One of only two Iowa players to collect better than 1,700 points and 800 rebounds in a career, Baranczyk is the only player in Hawkeye history to rank in the top 10 all-time in the Iowa record book in scoring (4th/1,762 points), rebounding (5th/827), assists (8th/297), blocks (3rd/114), and steals (6th/196). She helped the Hawkeyes to the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Championship and four postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament bids (2001-02, '04).

Baranczyk graduated from Iowa in 2004 with her bachelor's degree in communication studies. She was the recipient of the 2004 Big Ten Conference's Medal of Honor.  First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten's oldest award is given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, a WBCA Scholarship Award recipient, CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, and a Collegiate Basketball Award for Excellence semifinalist as a senior in 2004.

A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Jennie and her husband Scott Baranczyk were married in May of 2009. (Last name pronounced Bah-rahn-check).