Jen Windmiller | Head Coach | Woman’s Basketball | Blackburn College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

I look for student athletes that do the little things; dive after loose balls, constantly sprint on and off the court when being subbed or during timeouts, those who pick their teammate up when they fall, cheer and are engaged on the bench. I like kids who are willing to put it all on the line for the team. That have passion and enjoy the game, and have a strong work ethic. Ones that have a high GPA and who are involved in other extra-curricular activities show that they have a strong work ethic and time management skills that will make the transition from high school to college a little easier.

 

Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

My second year as a head coach, my senior point guard who I had only coached two years just blew my mind away with her growth in character, work ethic, and skill in the minimal time I had to work with her. We were in constant communication her junior year about expectations and things she needed to change if she wanted to see success as a player. We talked about the hard things and set goals for her individually on and off the court, and she wanted me to hold her accountable and by the time she graduated she was holding herself accountable and constantly searching and wanting to better herself. Before I worked with her, she had a bad attitude and didn’t like constructive criticism and quick to point out what others weren’t doing and placing blame. Once she got the message and committed to change she has seen nothing but success in her career after basketball and graduating with her bachelors. She has since gotten a job right after she graduated, earned a promotion and works at a company that is paying for her to work on her masters as well.