Eagle assistant coach Jenna Kotas given Thirty Under 30 award

Kotas has helped lead the Eagles to a undefeated record in her first year as the assistant coach


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Assistant Coach Jenna Kotas cheers on the Eagles

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

Ashland University’s women’s basketball team has continued to add accolades and honors to their illustrious undefeated season.

The Eagles, who are gearing up to take on UT Tyler in the Elite Eight, just got another confidence boost as Assistant Coach Jenna Kotas was awarded the WBCA Thirty Under 30 Award.

This award is given to recognize 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches aged 30 and under at all levels of the game. The individuals who receive this award provide characteristics of leadership, mentorship, professionalism and attitude, and serve in their community.

Kotas joined the Eagles from Illinois-Springfield this past offseason. In three seasons with Illinois-Springfield, she helped the program go from a record of 9-19 to 10-11 to 17-11.

Her contributions were recognized by the WBCA and she was given the Thirty Under 30 Award during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Alongside her stellar three seasons with Illinois-Springfield, she won the award in 2019 as well while being a part of the Purdue Northwest women’s basketball program.

This season, she has helped lead the Eagles alongside Head Coach Kari Pickens to a 34-0 overall record and an appearance in the Elite Eight.