Former high school, collegiate and professional basketball standout Jenni Dant enters her second season as an assistant coach at UIC.
Dant is no stranger to UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch. The two first encountered each other when Ryckbosch was a DePaul assistant and Dant was a Parade All-American and all-state selection at Stevenson High School. Ryckbosch coached Dant for one season in Lincoln Park before taking the reigns of the Flames, while Dant went on to conclude a stellar four-year college career in 2005 by finishing among the Blue Demons' top 10 all-time leading scorers with 1,633 points.
Dant averaged 13.4 ppg from 2001-2005, earning All-Conference USA accolades three times and C-USA All-Freshman Team honors, and was drafted by the WNBA's Houston Comets before embarking on a professional career in Europe.
"Jenni is one of the most competitive players I have ever been around, but as competitive as she is on the court, she is as great a person off the court," said Ryckbosch. "She has a great understanding of the game and is just a classy human being. She played at a high level, has professional experience and just wants to be around the game. Jenni is perfect for the coaching profession and has the opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the growth of young players as students, as athletes and as people."
"I am very excited for the opportunity to coach at a great school like UIC," said Dant. "I have known coach Lisa for a long time and she is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around. I am excited to work with her and the staff at UIC."