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Jannon Roland is in her third year as an assistant coach in West Lafayette. Roland is no stranger to Purdue; she was a four-year letterwinner for the Boilermakers from 1994 to 1997.
Roland, who is responsible for coaching the Purdue wing players in addition to her scouting and recruiting duties, considers her return to the Old Gold and Black as a dream come true.
"I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Roland says. "The goal of maintaining the tradition of Purdue basketball drives me every day, and I will do whatever I can to keep this program among the nation's elite."
Head coach Kristy Curry is glad to have Roland on her staff.
"Jannon brings valuable playing experience at every level and has strong Purdue ties," Curry says. "She knows what it takes to be successful, and she is committed to making every one of our players the best she can be. Also, her passion for winning is remarkable."
Roland made a quick impact on the Purdue program, helping it to a 29-4 season in 2003-04. The Boilermakers won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. In 2004-05 Roland helped coach Purdue to another double-figure-win season, as well as an upper-division Big Ten finish and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Roland enjoyed great success as a Purdue player, posting a four-year record of 90-35 (53-13 Big Ten). During her career, Roland was a member of Big Ten champion teams in 1994, 1995 and 1997. She played in the 1994 NCAA Women's Final Four in Richmond, Va., scoring 14 points in 32 minutes off the bench in Purdue's semifinal loss to eventual national champion North Carolina.
Roland, who wore No. 42 as a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, was the 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year, as selected by the conference coaches. The 1997 honorable mention Kodak All-American still ranks in Purdue's top 10 all-time in points, points per game, field goals made and attempted, three-pointers made and attempted, three-point percentage, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage and minutes.
After completing her collegiate eligibility in 1997, Roland played professionally for the Columbus Quest and the New England Blizzard of the ABL, the Orlando Miracle of the WNBA, and Waiti in Bordeaux, France.
At the conclusion of her playing career, Roland served as executive director of J.R.K-Squared in Columbus, Ohio, from 2000 to 2002. Roland, who took on coaching and counseling duties for J.R.K-Squared, also coached high school and AAU basketball in Columbus.
Roland returned to Purdue in 2003 to complete her undergraduate studies in organizational leadership and supervision. She received her degree on May 17, 2003.
Roland is a native of Urbana, Ohio. As a senior at Urbana High School, Roland earned second team All-America honors from USA Today and Parade magazine. The two-time state champion, who ranked as one of the top 10 players in the nation by Blue Star Index, was named the 1993 Division II Player of the Year.
Full name is ... Alma Jannon Roland ... earned a B.A. in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue in 2003 ... graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, Ohio.