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Denny Jerome enters his 41st season as head coach of the Waldorf Women's basketball team with an overall record of 778-420. Since the program was established in 1972, the Warriors have averaged 20 wins per season. They have also qualified on seven occasions for the national tournament. Under Jerome, the Warriors won their first Midwest Collegiate Conference title in 2004-2005 after finishing second in 2004. Jerome has been named Regional or Conference Coach of the Year seven times.
Jerome has coached 18 All-Americans, and many Academic All-Scholars. The 2009 team had one of the top GPA's in the nation.
Denny is a native of Celina, Ohio. He graduated from Waldorf College in 1970 while competing in basketball and football. He received his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he continued his football career and earned All-MIAC and All-Lutheran honors. He earned his master's degree at the University of Northern Iowa and has pursued further study at Iowa State University.
He and his wife Kathy reside in Forest City.
Katie Schutjer (Kitzman) begins her second season as assistant coach for the Waldorf College Women's Basketball Team.
Prior to coming to Waldorf College, Schutjer started her coaching career at Simpson College under head coach Brian Niemuth, one of the winningest basketball coaches at the NCAA DIII level. Schutjer served as the junior varsity head coach at Simpson College from 2010 - 2012.
Schutjer is a native of Gilman, IA, and graduated from Simpson College in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in sports administration and marketing. She was a member of the Simpson College women's basketball team from 2008-2010. Her team was IIAC Conference Champions and NCAA DIII National Tournament partipcants in both 2009 and 2010. In her senior year, Schutjer was a first team IIAC selection, an academic IIAC selection, team defensive player of the year, team MVP, and team captain. That year she held the highest 3pt. shooting percentage and one of the top overall shooting percentages in the IIAC.
Prior to attending Simpson College, Schutjer attended Marshalltown Community College. While earning her Associates in Arts Degree, Schutjer was a first team ICCAC and academic ICCAC selection for the women's basketball team.
Schutjer is currently pursuing her master's degree in business and marketing from Columbia Southern Univesrity. She and her husband Derek were married this past June, and currently reside outside of Titonka, IA.
Jill Minkel enters her second year as recruiting assistant for the women’s basketball program after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Waldorf College women's basketball program. Minkel graduated from Waldorf College in 2007, earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications. Minkel was a key recruit in the 2003 recruiting class for Coach Jerome. During her time as a Warrior, Minkel played basketball until she was struck with injury. Four knee surgeries later, Minkel finished her college career as a Student Assistant.
Minkel graduated from Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 2003 - a traditionally strong basketball program. Minkel was a varsity starter during her junior and senior seasons. In her junior season, Minkel was named the most improved offensive player and was an MVC All-Conference player. As a captain in her senior season, Minkel had the highest field goal percentage and most rebounds on the team, was the most improved defensive player, named to the MVC All-Conference Team, and received district honors.
Before assisting Head Coach Denny Jerome, Minkel had six years of experience coaching within the Cedar Falls basketball program, AAU, the Iowa Games, and at Snow Valley Basketball School.
Minkel currently works at Waldorf College as the Assistant Director of Admissions. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in organizational leadership through Columbia Southern University.
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