2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Kenneth Cooper

Head Coach 8th season


About Coach Cooper…

  • Alma Mater: University of Montevallo
  • Playing Experience: Played four seasons at University of Montevallo
  • Record: 97-101

Coaching experience…                                       

  • 2004-2007/ Seminole State College, Oklahoma, Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach
  • 2007-2010/ Mercer University, Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach

More about Coach Cooper…

  • Has coached three NAIA Division I All-Americans in his seven previous seasons.
  • In seven seasons at Park, he has coached 56 Academic All-Conference players, six First-Team All-Conference players, one Second-Team All-Conference selection, one Honorable Mention All-Conference player and eight Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
  • Park saw its season-high four-game win streak halted in the AMC Tournament to eventual champion Columbia for the third-consecutive year, ending the 2012-13 season at the hands of the Cougars. Brianna Beridon finished the year as the AMC's scoring champion and a First-Team All-Conference honoree averaging nearly 18 points per game for Coach Cooper.
  • The 2011-12 campaign opened with one of the program's best starts posting a 10-1 record at the holiday break before advancing to the semifinals of the AMC Tournament.
  • In his first season as head coach, 2010-11, Cooper led the Pirates to the third-most wins in a single season in program history posting an 18-11 overall record and 9-7 AMC mark. Park increased its win total by 13 during Cooper's first season after going 5-25 in 2009-10, marking the second greatest turnaround in NAIA Division I Women's basketball, one win shy of California Baptist's 14 wins. 
  • Prior to joining Park, Cooper spent three years as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I Mercer University in Macon, Ga., from 2007-2010, and was instrumental in assisting head coach, Janell Jones, with reinvigorating the Bears' program. 
  • He was part of a staff that inherited a 5-25 team and endured a 4-26 record its first season at Mercer. In the 2008-09 season, the Bears went 17-14 and proved to be the greatest turnaround in the country that year, according to CollegeRPI.com, by making a 153 point swing (315 to 162) in the RPI. The team was picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Sun Conference by both media and coaches pre-season polls but proved the experts wrong with a fourth-place showing before advancing to the A-Sun semifinals.
  • Along with his duties as assistant coach at Mercer, Cooper excelled as the recruiting coordinator for the Bears. In three seasons, student-athletes recruited by Cooper earned a First-Team All A-Sun award, three Second-Team All-Conference honors, an A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, eight A-Sun Player of the Week awards, and 18 Academic All-Conference selections.
  • As a part of Mercer's 2010-11 recruiting class, Cooper brought in three players that were ranked in the top 50 by ESPN in the southeast region. 
  • Cooper previously spent three seasons as an assistant at Seminole State College, helping the team reach the Bi-State Conference Tournament each year during his tenure. Seminole State also finished third at the 2007 NJCAA Region II Tournament. The Belles' compiled a 51-40 (.560) record during his three-year stint as assistant coach.
  • Cooper played collegiately at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala. After redshirting his freshman year, he helped the Falcons win a Gulf South Conference Tournament title during his senior season when he served as team captain. Montevallo also reached the NCAA Division II South Regional finals as the Falcons finished with a 23-10 record in 2004. Cooper received the University of Montevallo Sportsmanship Award in 2004. 
  • A native of Fayetteville, Ga., Cooper started at Fayette County High School before his collegiate playing career at Montevallo. At Fayette County, he served as team captain his junior and senior seasons while earning four varsity letters.
  • Cooper graduated from Montevallo in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. Cooper, his wife Erin, and their twin daughters reside in Kansas City, Mo.
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Jessica Wilkerson

Assistant Coach 1st season

  • Alma Mater
    Columbia College


About Coach Wilkerson…

  • Alma Mater: Columbia College
  • Playing Experience: Two Seasons at Columbia College and two seasons at Kirkwood Community College

Coaching experience…

  • 2014-2017 / Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at North Iowa Area Community College
  • 2012-2014 / Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Southeastern Community College
  • 2011-2012 / Spent the season at Iowa Wesleyan College
  • 2010-2011 / Graduate Assistant at Missouri Baptist University

More about Coach Wilkerson…

  • At North Iowa Area Community College went to the Region XI Championship game all three years, NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearance from 2015-16.
  • Helped coached 18 All-Region performers and 36 Academic All-Region.
  • In the 2012-13 season, helped coach Southeastern Community College to Region XI Final Four. Also coached three All-Region performers.
  • Wilkerson continued her basketball career at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. She was named 2005-2006 American Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year and First-Team All-Conference; she was also named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-American in 2005-2006.
  • She played basketball at Kirkwood Community. Wilkerson helped them to third and fourth place finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament and earned the team’s Most Improved award for the 2004-2005 season.
  • A native of Fort Madison, Iowa and a 2003 graduate of Fort Madison High School.
  • Graduated from Columbia College in December 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with majors in Sports Management and Accounting.
  • Earned her Master of Science in Sports Management from Missouri Baptist University in May 2012.
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Amanda Laurenceau

Assistant Coach 3rd season

  • Alma Mater


About Coach Laurenceau…

  • Alma Mater: Park University
  • Playing Experience: Played at Park for three seasons from 2012-2013 season to 2014-2015 season.

More about Coach Laurenceau…

  • Played in 75 games in her career as a Pirate, had a total of 167 points, had 62 assists, grabbed 194 rebounds, had 46 steals and blocked 10 shots in the Park uniform.
  • Earned two  Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete award
  • Born in Port Chester, New York