Stratton named new women's basketball coach

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 13, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Athletic Department announced Friday that Jessika Stratton had been hired as the schoolâ€TMs new womenâ€TMs basketball coach.

Stratton replaces Marty Fletcher, who resigned on March 1 after three seasons as the Mountain Lionsâ€TM coach.

It will be a homecoming for Stratton, who starred at Coronado High School just minutes away from the UCCS campus. After graduating from Coronado, Stratton was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Baylor University. Most recently, she was named most valuable female athlete after averaging 17.3 points per game for Sparta Praha in Prague, Czech Republic.

Stratton also competed for Athletes in Action Summer Tour Teams in the Czech Republic (2001) and Switzerland (2003).

While Stratton was at Baylor, the Bears qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times (2001, 2002 and 2004). The only season they werenâ€TMt in the NCAA Tournament, they went all the way to the championship game of the NIT. Stratton, who was a three-time recipient of academic All-Big 12 honors, was named the Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year for the 2003-04 season.

She holds the Baylor University single-season records for 3-point percentage and the single-season and career records for free throw percentage.

At 23, Stratton will be one of the youngest college coaches in the nation. At UCCS, she will be at a school that has had great success with young coaches and will also benefit from the mentorship of Stephen Kirkham, who coached over 400 victories as a womenâ€TMs basketball coach before becoming the athletic director at UCCS this past July.

Further coverage on RMAC basketball hirings and promotions will be detailed on the RMAC Showcase (Tues., May 31st â€" 7 pm) Altitude Sports & Entertainment.


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