New opportunities have arisen early for Jessie Wilcox, who was named head girls basketball coach and assistant golf coach at Rosary High School in Aurora last month. Wilcox, who replaced Dave Beebe as basketball coach, is a former Northern Illinois University basketball player.
When Wilcox graduated from NIU in 2009, she immediately jumped into the coaching world. She comes to Rosary from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she was the assistant women’s basketball coach and head women’s golf coach, which she feels prepared her for the head coaching position at the high school level.
Before that, Wilcox spent a year in Denver coaching AAU basketball. The AAU team in Denver had three girls go on to play basketball at the Division I level during Wilcox’s time there.
Coaching at the high school level was something Wilcox always wanted to do, but she didn’t expect to gain the position of head varsity basketball coach as quickly as she did.
“Ever since I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be a head coach at the high school level, and for it to come so early in my career, it’s a blessing and I’m very excited for it,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox knows she has a lot to bring to the table and feels confident about what’s to come for Rosary basketball.
“I bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude,” Wilcox said. “My coaching style is always positive and keeps providing them with that energy and knowledge in order for the team to succeed.”
Wilcox was a player on the Oshkosh West High School basketball team that won two Wisconsin state championships. She hopes she can lead Rosary to the same success she had in high school and at NIU from 2005 to 2009.
Wilcox was the starting point guard for three out of the four years she played for the Huskies. Wilcox ended her career in DeKalb with 1,007 points and was a 2008-09 all-Mid-American Conference selection.
Because of Wilcox’s opportunities playing and coaching basketball, she has seen many different offensive, defensive and different styles of play.
Rosary, which ended last season with a record of 9-18 and won a total of 21 games in the past two years, plans to work for improvement over the summer when it participates in summer camps and leagues to prepare itself for the upcoming basketball season.
“I am thinking those [camps and leagues] are the places to improve our skills and to see what we have to work with next season and to improve on our basketball knowledge as well,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox is optimistic about how the Rosary basketball program will do with her as head coach and is grateful of her position on the team.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said. “This is a dream come true.”