Jeanne Rankin was named UMKC’s Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning on June 1, 2009. She also served as the Interim Director of Strength and Conditioning from the summer of 2011 through that fall. Rankin joined the Kangaroos after serving as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Arkansas during the 2008-2009 school year.
While at Arkansas, Rankin worked directly with the women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s cross country teams. She also assisted with women’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, softball, men’s baseball and track and field teams.
Rankin designed and directed the strength program for the 2009 women’s tennis team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships. She worked with two players and two sets of doubles teams that were ranked nationally including Aurelilja Miseviciute. Miseviciute was the SEC Athlete of the Year in 2009 and was a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor National Champion and all-American.
Rankin ran the strength program for the women’s cross country squad that finished 11th in the nation and claimed the 2009 SEC Championship. She worked in the weight room with Catherine White who was the SEC individual champion in 2008 and Christin Wurth-Thomas who currently runs for Nike. Rankin also designed the strength program for the women's golf team that finished 16th in the country in the 2009 season.
Prior to working with the Razorbacks, Rankin served as the strength & conditioning intern at Oklahoma State University in 2007-2008. Rankin worked under coach Rob Glass and assisted in designing strength and conditioning programs for the women’s soccer, softball and equestrian teams.
As an athlete, Rankin was a member of the Oklahoma State women’s soccer program from 2004-06 and the University of Colorado women’s soccer program from 2002-03. While with the Cowboys, Rankin logged 2,320 minutes in goal, playing in 30 games. She recorded 81 career saves, ranking fourth in the OSU record books. Rankin had seven career shutouts and finished with a career goals against average of 1.13, which ranks third in the Cowboy record books. In 2006, she helped her team make it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and earned First Team Academic all-Big 12 honors in 2005. While at Colorado, Rankin played in 10 games and started in seven as a freshman and then redshirted her sophomore year.
Rankin earned her bachelor's degree in university studies with a concentration in health promotions from Oklahoma State in May 2006. She went on to receive her master's in health and human performance in applied exercise science in May 2008. Rankin received certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2008.