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Katie Rokus was promoted to recruiting coordinator of the womenís basketball team after the 2005 season, and the up-and-coming coach returns for her fifth year with the Retrieversí program.
Now in her third year as the teamís recruiting coordinator and her fifth overall as an assistant coach, Rokus has brought in six newcomers for the 2007-08 season, the largest recruiting class in six years. The class includes two conference players of the year, a junior college all-region honoree and a member of the Swedish National Team.
Rokus began her tenure at UMBC in the summer of 2003 following her college graduation the previous spring. Since her initial start, she has performed admirably, handling duties of team travel, practice scheduling, camp coordination and academic supervision of the womenís basketball student-athletes.
During Rokusí first season at UMBC, the womenís basketball team produced a 3.10 grade-point average (GPA) with five of the Retrieversí 10 players earning above a 3.0 GPA overall in 2003-04 with one earning a perfect 4.0. During the 2004-05 academic year, the Retrievers increased their team GPA to 3.2 and have held better than a 3.0 GPA in three out of four years in Rokusí tenure.
With Rokusí supervision, the UMBC squad improved even more during the 2005-06 season, setting the highest GPA among America East Conference womenís basketball teams with a 3.25. Furthermore, the womenís basketball squad won the Retriever Cup, given to the top UMBC program based on GPA, community outreach, athletes supporting athletes and attendance at Sunday lectures.
Rokus, who is fluent in three languages, is very instrumental with on-court instruction. She is extremely familiar with head coach Phil Sternís system of play after playing three years under Stern at USC Aiken. The nearby
Rokus enjoyed great success at USC Aiken, earning captain honors her senior year. The Lady Pacers went a combined 78-38 during her four years, advancing to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and capturing the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship as well as two Peach Belt Conference North Division titles.
Rokus found just as much success academically, as she was named USC Aikenís Most Outstanding Senior Student at convocation. Rokus completed her academic career with a 3.88 GPA, while writing for the Pacer Times, the campus newspaper, and she created a running behind-the-scenes journal through the basketball teamís website.
Rokus was the salutatorian of her senior class at
Rokus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the