Recognized as one of the top Directors of Basketball operations in the country, Jessica Trahan is the longest tenured member of the UMKC women’s basketball staff, having been with the program since 2008.
“UMKC was a great opportunity for me that I couldn’t pass up five years ago,” Trahan said. “I am lucky to say that Coach Frese chose me. It is so uncommon to carryover staff during a coaching change, so to still be a part of the staff here is a huge blessing. I look forward to learning and growing more in the seasons to come.”
During the 2013 WBCA National Convention, Trahan was a featured presenter at the Director of Basketball Operations roundtable, where she mentored coaches on how to put together a budget, creative ways to save money, organize day to day office duties. The program included director of operations from other schools around the country, including those from major power conferences.
Trahan came to UMKC from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky., where she was the assistant women’s basketball coach from 2006-08 and she helped the Panthers to their second and third consecutive winning seasons for the first time in school history. While at KWC, Trahan assisted with recruiting, scheduling, organizing summer camps, running and coordinating individual workouts, and aiding in other day-to-day operations.
Before coaching at Kentucky Wesleyan, Trahan served as the associate head coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., from 2002-06. In four seasons, the program recorded a 77-42 overall record, won the 2004 KCAC Tournament, reached the NAIA Sweet 16 and set nine team records during the 2003-04 season, including most wins in a season.
Trahan began her coaching career at Friends University, where she was an assistant coach during the 2001-02 season. Before joining the coaching staff, Trahan spent two seasons as a player at Friends. She was a member of the squad that earned a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and broke the school record for single season wins with 24. In 2001, Trahan earned NAIA All-American honors and was named the KCAC Player of the Year after earning All-KCAC a year earlier.
Off the court, Trahan loves to golf and says she never passes up a do-it-yourself furniture project and loves putting her wide array of random information to use.
“We are so fortunate to have someone of Jess’s experience as a part of our staff,” Frese said. “She is knowledgeable and flexible and always brings a positive attitude to our work environment.”
In the classroom, Trahan was a two-time Academic All-American at both Friends and Seward County, earning her associate of arts degree in psychology and graduating Summa Cum Laude from Seward County Community College before receiving her bachelors of science degree in psychology from Friends University in 2002, where she graduated with highest honors. Trahan also earned a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Southwestern College in 2006.
Coaching Mottos: “Life always works out.”, “Remember why you do what you do.”, “It’s never as good or as bad as it seems.”