Jessica Trahan is in her fifth season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the UMKC women’s basketball program. Trahan is responsible for organizing travel arrangements, overseeing academics and assisting in other day-to-day operations.
She served her first four seasons under Candace Whitaker, and stayed with UMKC when Marsha Frese became the head coach in the spring of 2012.
In 2011-12 she was part of a staff that led the 'Roos to their first 20-win season in the last 20 years, as well as the program's first ever trip to the WNIT. The 'Roos won 22 games and advanced to the Summit League Tournament Championship game for only the second time, falling just short of the NCAA Tournament in an overtime loss.
Trahan came to UMKC from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky., where she was the assistant women’s basketball coach from 2006-08. While at KWC, Trahan assisted with recruiting, scheduling, organizing summer camps, running and coordinating individual workouts, and aiding in other day-to-day operations. During her time at the school, Trahan helped the Panthers to their second and third consecutive winning seasons for the first time in school history.
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 and set nine team records during the 2003-04 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-America honors and was named the KCAC Player of the Year.
Prior to transferring to Friends, Trahan played two seasons at Seward County Community College from 1997-99. She was a member of the Region VI Championship team that finished fifth in the national tournament in 1999, while also playing on the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Championship team in 1998.
Trahan also excelled in the classroom, where she was a two-time Academic all-American at both Friends University and Seward County CC.
Trahan earned her associate of arts degree in psychology and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seward County Community College before receiving her bachelor’s 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.