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MU NAMES JENNY PALMATEER NEW HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

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Release: April 20, 2011
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University will introduce Jenny Palmateer as its new head women's basketball coach on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The official introduction of Palmateer as Monmouth's seventh head women's basketball coach will take place in the Hall of Fame Lounge of the Multipurpose Activity Center, beginning at 12:00 p.m., as the announcement will be made by Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil, and President Paul Gaffney. The press conference will also be available FREE on HawkVision on GoMUHawks.com.

In her 16 years as a collegiate assistant coach, Palmateer has worked under three Hall of Fame coaches, Anne Donovan (Seton Hall), Kay Yow (N.C. State) and Debbie Ryan (Virginia).

Palmateer comes to Monmouth after serving as the recruiting coordinator at Seton Hall last season. While with the Pirates, she was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, as well as opponent scouting and game-planning.

A native of South Amboy, N.J., she spent 10 years on the North Carolina State coaching staff before her stint at Seton Hall, after enjoying a four-year playing career under the late Coach Kay Yow. Her primary roles with the Wolfpack included recruiting, scouting and the development of perimeter players. She also served as the teams' academic liaison responsible for helping to monitor the players' academic progress. While at N.C. State, she assisted in recruiting eight out of 10 classes that ranked in the Top-30 nationally, including five in the Top-20. The Wolfpack finished the season ranked in the Top-25 six times while Palmateer was there and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the three Sweet Sixteen three times.

A 1993 N.C. State graduate, Palmateer served as a co-captain of the Wolfpack women during both her junior and senior years. During her four years with the Pack, the club compiled an 82-37 record and twice reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.  They finished the 1989-90 season ranked No. 11 in the country, bringing home N.C. State's fifth ACC regular season championship. She also helped lead the '89-'90 team to nine consecutive road wins during the season, a mark that still stands in Raleigh. The club also finished the 1990-91 season ranked No. 7 in the nation after winning the program's fourth ACC Tournament title.

Prior to returning to N.C. State, Palmateer spent three years as an assistant coach for Debbie Ryan at the University of Virginia. She began her coaching career in 1995 as an assistant coach at Meredith College in Raleigh for three seasons.

Palmateer is a 1989 graduate of Hoffman High School in South Amboy. While there, she helped lead the team to four New Jersey State Championships, including the first ever girl's Tournament of Champions Title as a senior. That season, she hit the winning shot in the TOC Semifinals to defeat Pascack Valley in a game played in Boylan Gym, the former home of Monmouth University Basketball.

The former Jenny Kuziemski is married to Terry Palmateer. The couple wed in June 2002.

All media inquiries and requests should be made through the Monmouth University Athletics Communications Office and Assistant Communications Director, Eddy Occhipinti. Occhipinti can be reached at eocchipi@monmouth.edu or at 732-263-5834.

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