Kelley (Westhoff) Jacobs is starting
her second season as UNI's director of operations after spending eight seasons
as an assistant. This is the 14th total
season for Jacobs on the Panther bech, as she served as a graduate assistant following
her playing career with the Panthers.
Jacobs has put her degree in finance
to good use, coordinating all aspects of the operations budget. She also serves
as the academics liaison, and the Panthers have finished with one of the 15
highest GPAs in the nation in seven of the last eight years. Jacobs worked with UNI's post players,
helping to develop the 2009 MVC Newcomer of the Year, Kim Wypiszynski. Prior to
working with the posts, she worked with the UNI point guards, including 2008
MVC Freshman of the Year, Jacqui Kalin. She also coordinates alumni relations,
senior day and the end of the year banquet, serves as the facilities liaison
and assists with all aspects of recruiting.
Jacobs remains one of the great
players in UNI's history, holding many assists records. A 1997 graduate of UNI,
she was a four-year letter winner and co-captained the team her junior and
senior seasons. She set five school records and still holds marks for assists
in a game (13), season (180) and career (475). She also owns the standard for
assists per game in a season (7.20) and career (4.57). She led the conference
in assists in her final Panther season and was ranked nationally.
She is a two-time all-academic
selection in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Dubuque, Iowa
native earned All-MVC honorable mention honors in 1996-97.
Jacobs and her husband Ryan, the UNI
softball coach, reside in Cedar Falls
with their daughters Haley and Emma.