Drake Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk Announces Two Hires
DES MOINES, Iowa - New Drake women's basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk (Bah-RAHN-check) announced two members of her coaching staff Tuesday, as David Lane will be an assistant coach and Kelsey Bolte will be the coordinator of basketball operations.
"David accomplished tremendous success at Chipola and competed every year for national championships," said Baranczyk. "He has coached a wide range of men and women student-athletes in his career at both the junior college and high school levels. He is bringing an outstanding basketball IQ and intensity to motivate student-athletes to achieve success at a high-level."
Lane has been the head coach at Chipola College (Fla.) for the past nine seasons. An Iowa City native, Lane led the Indians to four Florida Community College state titles and four NJCAA national tournament appearances. The Indians advanced to the NJCAA Final Four under Lane four times and took third place in 2009. Prior to Chipola, Lane was an assistant coach in 2003 for the men's basketball team at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Lane served as an assistant coach at Iowa City West High from 1996-2002 both with the boy's and girl's teams.
"Being able to coach in Division I basketball is something I've always wanted to do," Lane said. "I have known Jennie for a long time and this is good for my family since it's an hour-and-a-half from my family and my wife's family. I knew that this was opportunity was going to be the one."
Bolte was a four-year standout guard at Iowa State and graduated in 2011. She was named honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 2011 and finished her career as the sixth all-time scorer in Cyclones history with 1,639 points. The Ida Grove, Iowa native was named to the 2011 All-Big 12 first team and twice earned All-Big honorable mention honors (2009, 2010). She played this past season in both France and Sweden.
"Kelsey was an outstanding player at ISU and is a loyal, hard-working Iowa native who will bring enthusiasm and energy to our program," Baranczyk said. "She is excited to be a part of the Drake community and she has jumped right into her position."
"I'm excited to be a part of the program and to experience everything that Drake has to offer," Bolte said. "After being so far away this past year it is great that I get the chance to be a part of Jennie's staff and be so close to all my family and friends. I'm excited to go out and meet everyone in the Drake community."
Baranczyk still has one vacant assistant coach position on her staff to fill. She expects to announce that hire within a week.