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Jamie Pewinski Hired As SVSU Head Women's Basketball Coach

Jamie Pewinski Hired As SVSU Head Women's Basketball Coach

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Director Mike Watson announced the hiring of Jamie Pewinski as the 10th Head Women's Basketball Coach in school history.  Pewinski hails from fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) school Lake Superior State University, where she spent the last five years as the program's head coach after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Lakers.  She was named associate head coach in 2005 and took over the program when eight-year coach Kris Dunbar was promoted to director of athletics.

"After an extensive national search, we have found a perfect fit in Jamie Pewinski to lead our women's basketball program," stated Watson.  "Jamie has a drive and passion for the game that goes un-matched and is very established in the region, which is exactly what our program needs in order to succeed."

Pewinski was a key figure in the Lakers' winningest era in women's basketball history. LSSU enjoyed a 142-57 (.714) record during her stint as an assistant coach. During that span, the Lakers made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, won four GLIAC North Division titles and claimed two GLIAC Tournament Championships.

"Jamie is a person that really loves the game, first and foremost, and you can't have anything without that," says University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Dean Lockwood.  "She's a very smart, adaptive coach who is a great teacher, and is very tuned-in to competing and that's what it takes to be successful at any level.  Jamie has proven the ability to recruit the state of Michigan and the Midwest and will always show good character on and off the court, which should be important to all schools."

The Lakers' best NCAA finish since Pewinski has been a member of the LSSU coaching staff was in 2003-04 when they reached the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Quincy in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional finals. In 2002-03, LSSU posted the nation's highest field-goal shooting percentage and had the country's second-best scoring average of 84.6 points per game. That season, the Lakers were led by All-American Alice Duesing, who went on to earn the Today's Top VIII Award, which is the highest honor an NCAA student-athlete can achieve. In 2005-06, all-region senior Becky Marquardt-King led the GLIAC in scoring and led the nation in field-goal percentage at .711.

"Saginaw Valley State University is getting an exceptional person and a great coach in Jamie Pewinski," quoted Niagara University women's basketball head coach Kendra Faustin, who played collegiately for Pewinski at LSSU.  "Her ability to recruit quality student-athletes, her gift of teaching and her dedication to educating young women will enable her to lead SVSU women's basketball to a high level of achievement.  She will certainly develop student-athletes who will represent SVSU in a way they will be very proud of."

Pewinski had a record of 77-61 during her five seasons at LSSU.  Her 2010-11 team, which was picked to finish fifth in the GLIAC North Division, posted a 16-10 overall record and was the #2 overall seed in the GLIAC Tournament.  She is a former Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University player familiar with the GLIAC. At SVSU, she set the record for single-season three-point field goal percentage at 43.6 (48-110). SVSU was 20-7 during her senior season.

Pewinski graduated from Saginaw Valley in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business management after playing for three seasons at Oakland. The Pioneers were 90-27 during her tenure at OU.  The Rochester, Mich., native earned her master's of business administration from LSSU in 2002.

"Jamie is one of the brightest young coaches in the profession, and her body of work at the Division II level has been absolutely spectacular," stated Michigan State University women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant, who coached Pewinski in her senior season at SVSU.  "It is wonderful that Saginaw Valley State is hiring such a great coach, great person and an alum of the University."

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