Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Women's Basketball Head Coach Phil Stern announced today the promotion of Katie Rokus to first assistant and recruiting coordinator of the Retrievers' women's basketball program. Rokus has served the past two seasons as the team's second assistant and has been heavily involved in the recruiting process since her initial hire.

"This is a natural progression for Katie," said Stern. "She is very intelligent, organized and a great communicator. She has already proven her abilities and will do a great job leading our recruiting efforts."

During her tenure Rokus has overseen and been involved with all aspects of the program, including supervising the team's academic status which has recorded over a 3.0 GPA through the fall 2004 semester. Since her initial start she has preformed admirably handling the duties of team travel, practice scheduling, camp coordination and recruitment.

"I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead," said Rokus on her new position. "As we continue to recruit at the mid-major level, I am excited about the opportunities of working with young student-athletes in our quest for a conference championship."

Rokus, who is fluent in three languages, continued the Retrievers' pipeline of international students that has produced four international athletes over the past four years. During the spring of 2004, Rokus traveled overseas, helping recruit international student and Slovak Republic native Zuzanna Kasanová as part of the Retrievers' five-player class last season.

This year the Retrievers have signed four incoming freshman to National Letters of Intent to start classes at UMBC in the fall of 2005.

Rokus, a product and senior class salutatorian of nearby St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she graduated with a 3.88 GPA and earned Most Outstanding Senior Student at convocation. Rokus was also a member USC Aiken's Lady Pacers women's basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament during the 2001-02 season.

Transaction: UMBC Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Katie Rokus has been promoted to first assistant and recruiting coordinator.