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FSU Names Jody Pepple Head Women's Basketball Coach

Frostburg, Md. ... Jody Pepple has been named head coach of the Frostburg State University women's basketball program, Athletic Director Ralph Brewer announced Wednesday.

Pepple, who has served as an assistant coach for the Bobcats the past six years, becomes just the third head coach in the program's history. She replaces Jim Crawley, who retired last season after leading FSU to a 406-188 mark in 23 years.

"I am looking forward to continuing the tradition and success that Frostburg State has had," said Pepple. "We have 12 of the 13 players from last year's team returning, and nine recruits are coming in, including three junior college players and two who are transferring from other four-year colleges. Our goal is to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference again like we did in 1999."

Among the Bobcats' returning players are junior forward/center Kim Faust, senior forward Amy Schmuck, senior guard Kesha Frisby and junior guard Holly Myers.

Faust averaged 21.4 points and 11.0 rebounds while garnering AMCC Most Valuable Player and Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern All-Star honors. Schmuck averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Bobcats' first six games before suffering a torn ACL that sidelined her the rest of the season. Frisby added 11.2 points per game, while Myers averaged 10.0 points and sank a team-high 49 three-pointers for the Bobcats, who finished 7-18 last season.

"We're delighted to have Jody and to give her the opportunity to be the head coach," said Brewer. "She has been a dedicated assistant here for six years, and she knows the program, the players and the recruiting area. I know she'll continue the success the women's program has enjoyed over the years."

In addition to her coaching duties, Pepple has also served as the women's basketball recruiting coordinator as well as the director of the FSU women’s basketball camps and clinics. She will also continue as the director of FSU’s intramural and club sports programs.

Before coming to Frostburg State, Pepple coached at the high school level and later served as an assistant coach for both volleyball and basketball at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. She helped guide the Hawk volleyball program to a ninth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament, while the basketball team captured a Maryland Junior College State Championship.

Pepple, who has also held assistant and head coaching positions for Frostburg State’s volleyball and softball teams, played basketball and softball at HCC from 1981-83 before earning her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) College in 1989. She then received her master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1991.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780