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Jenny Palmateer was introduced as Monmouth University's seventh head women's basketball coach on April 21, 2011. Under Palmateer's leadership, the Hawks have posted a 69-88 record, reached a conference tournament championship game once and the conference tournament semifinals twice.
Palmateer led the Hawks to the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship Game in her first season at the helm in West Long Branch. Following an injury-riddled start to the season, Palmateer’s squad righted the ship and won eight-straight games, including Monmouth’s first win over a Big East program in nearly 25 years with a dramatic Hawk Holiday Classic victory over Villanova.
The Hawks finished the regular season with a 12-6 record in the NEC and staked claim to the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. Monmouth won its third game of the season against 20-victory squad LIU Brooklyn in the NEC Quarterfinals before going on the road to upset second-seeded Quinnipiac in the semifinals. A resilient Hawks team battled all the way back from an 18-point deficit to tie Sacred Heart on the road in the NEC Championship Game. But the Pioneers eventually pulled away to take the title.
Under Palmateer’s tutelage, Alysha Womack earned All-NEC Second Team honors in 2011-12.
In 2012-13, Palmateer's Hawks went 15-15 with a 12-6 mark in the NEC, good for third in the league. Womack took All-NEC Second Team recognition for the fourth straight year, while Carly Thibault was named to the All-NEC Third Team.
In 2013-14, Palmateer once again guided players to All-Conference accolades, as Chevannah Paalvast earned All-MAAC Third Team honors, while Helena Kurt was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. An extemely young Hawks team avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Niagara with a MAAC Championship First Round victory, before giving top-seeded Iona all it could take in a quarterfinal defeat. Under Palmateer's guidance, 12 of 14 players on the roster had a single game in double figures scoring in 2013-14.
Coaching a youthful group featuring seven of 14 players seeing their first collegiate action, Palmateer led the Hawks to a first round tournament victory in the Hawks' first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). She oversaw Chevannah Paalvast's rise to 1,000-point scorer status and All-MAAC Third Team honors, as well as Helena Kurt's development into a MAAC All-Rookie Team guard. Remarkably, 12 of the Hawks' 14 eligible players had at least one game in double figures scoring.
The Hawks finished in a tie for seventh in the MAAC in 2014-15 and improved by five wins from a season prior. Palmateer again led Monmouth to a MAAC Championship First Round victory, this time over a Canisius team that had gotten the better of the Hawks in two prior meetings during the regular season. The team featured a more up-tempo style with an emphasis on three-point shooting, highlighted by Sarah Olson's 70 three-point field goals made, placing her second in program Division I history for a single-season.
In 2015-16, Palmateer's Hawks won six of their final seven league games to earn a first-round bye in the MAAC Championships. From there, Palmateer led the fifth-seeded Hawks to a convincing 64-46 MAAC Quarterfinal victory over fourth-seeded Fairfield before giving top-seeded and Regular Season Champion Quinnipiac all it could handle in a seven-point semifinal setback. Sarah Olson was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, while Jamiyah Bethune's transformation from walk-on to scholarship player took the next step to All-MAAC Third Team honoree. In addition, Palmateer coached Jasmine McCall to MAAC Co-Sixth Player of the Year accolades.
In her 16 years as a collegiate assistant coach, Palmateer worked under three Hall of Fame coaches, Anne Donovan (Seton Hall), Kay Yow (N.C. State) and Debbie Ryan (Virginia).
Palmateer came to Monmouth after serving as the recruiting coordinator at Seton Hall in 2010-11. While with the Pirates, she was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, as well as opponent scouting and game-planning.
A native of South Amboy, N.J., she spent 10 years on the North Carolina State coaching staff before her stint at Seton Hall, after enjoying a four-year playing career under the late Coach Kay Yow. Her primary roles with the Wolfpack included recruiting, scouting and the development of perimeter players. She also served as the teams' academic liaison responsible for helping to monitor the players' academic progress. While at N.C. State, she assisted in recruiting eight out of 10 classes that ranked in the Top-30 nationally, including five in the Top-20. The Wolfpack finished the season ranked in the Top-25 six times while Palmateer was there and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the three Sweet Sixteen three times.
A 1993 N.C. State graduate, Palmateer served as a co-captain of the Wolfpack women during both her junior and senior years. During her four years with the Pack, the club compiled an 82-37 record and twice reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. They finished the 1989-90 season ranked No. 11 in the country, bringing home N.C. State's fifth ACC regular season championship. She also helped lead the '89-'90 team to nine consecutive road wins during the season, a mark that still stands in Raleigh. The club also finished the 1990-91 season ranked No. 7 in the nation after winning the program's fourth ACC Tournament title.
Prior to returning to N.C. State, Palmateer spent three years as an assistant coach for Debbie Ryan at the University of Virginia. She began her coaching career in 1995 as an assistant coach at Meredith College in Raleigh for three seasons.
Palmateer is a 1989 graduate of Hoffman High School in South Amboy. While there, she helped lead the team to four New Jersey State Championships, including the first ever girl's Tournament of Champions Title as a senior. That season, she hit the winning shot in the TOC Semifinals to defeat Pascack Valley in a game played in Boylan Gym, the former home of Monmouth University Basketball.
The former Jenny Kuziemski is married to Terry Palmateer. The couple wed in June 2002.
The Palmateer File
2011-Present: Head Coach, Monmouth University (West Long Branch, N.J.)
2010-2011: Assistant Coach, Seton Hall University (South Orange, N.J.)
1999-2009: Assistant Coach, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C.)
1996-1999: Assistant Coach, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)
1994-1996: Assistant Coach, Meredith College (Raleigh, N.C.)
PALMATEER'S HEAD COACHING RECORD:
High School: Hoffman H.S. (South Amboy, N.J.)
College: North Carolina State University; B.A. General Communications, 1993
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT JENNY PALMATEER
"With Jenny Palmateer, Monmouth has hired a true star in the coaching profession. Jenny has been an invaluable member of our staff and will be greatly missed. I am completely confident that her personality, character and expertise will make her a valuable asset to her student-athletes and the University."
- Anne Donovan, Former Head Coach, Seton Hall University and Basketball Hall of Famer
"Monmouth has made an excellent choice with the hiring of Jenny Palmateer as their head coach. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Her character and integrity set her apart in this profession and her ability to lead, teach, mentor and motivate players is exceptional. She's a team player who puts others before herself and understands the value of true teamwork. Jenny is a winner as a person and as a professional."
- Stephanie Glance, Head Coach, Illinois State University
"Jenny learned from one of the masters, Kay Yow. She played for Kay and was an integral part of Kay's coaching staff at N.C. State. She was one of Kay's two veteran assistants who literally managed the Wolfpack Women during Kay's bouts with cancer. She played key roles in recruiting, teaching, mentoring, community outreach, alumni outreach, and student-athlete service. Jenny is experienced in every aspect of collegiate coaching at the highest level. She has a keen sense of humor, and she thoroughly enjoys the company of students. She relates exceptionally well with administrators and has a strong sense of responsibility. She knows what it takes to build a consistently competitive program within the letter and spirit of the NCAA rules and regulations, and she appreciates the importance of good relationships with supervisors, peers, students, fans, and the media. Monmouth has hired a winner, in every sense of the word."
- Nora Lynn Finch, Associate Commissioner/Women's Basketball Operations and Senior Woman Administrator, Atlantic Coast Conference