BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jessica Kern has vacated the Mississippi Valley State women’s basketball head coaching position after a one-year tenure.
Kern has accepted the head coaching post for the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team. The announcement was made yesterday.
In her lone season on the sidelines, Kern guided the Devilettes to a 10-20 (7-11 SWAC) overall record, a seven-win improvement from the 2015-16 season. Mississippi Valley State’s 2016-17 campaign ended in the first round of the SWAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, where MVSU was defeated by Grambling State. Kern also assembled the largest recruiting class in the school’s history.
MVSU’s athletics department released a statement offering well-wishes for Kern as as its intent to securing the Devilettes’ next coach in the near future.
“Mississippi Valley State University would like to wish Coach Jessica Kern the best in her new opportunity as the new head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee State University,” the statement read. “We had an exciting year and look to keep the momentum as we move forward with identifying her successor in the weeks to come.”
Under Kern’s direction, Mississippi Valley State ultimately ranked among the nation’s top 25 most improved women’s basketball programs. MVSU increased its offensive points-per-game average by nearly 10 points and lowered its points allowed mark by a similar margin.
Additionally, Ashley Beals emerged as a SWAC player of the year candidate, leading the league in double-doubles (13) and garnering first-team all-conference honors as well as All-America distinction from BOXTOROW.