Jena Jessup enters her second season as the Kansas women’s basketball Director of Operations after serving the past six seasons in the same position at Charlotte.
With the 49ers, she was in charge of a myriad of duties, including team travel, coordinating camps, overseeing the managers and the program’s community service initiatives. She also aided in game scheduling, assisted with uniforms and equipment, served as liaison with several other departments across athletics plus other duties to ensure the program ran smoothly.
As the program’s community service liaison, Jessup worked to plan different events and execute them with local charities and groups to expand the 49ers’ presence around the area.
She also took the lead on overseeing the ultra-successful summer camps the Niners showcase every year.
Jessup served on a panel at the 2017 Final Four in Dallas during the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Convention, held in conjunction with the event. She was a presenter for the topic “Creating a Championship Culture: The Integral Role a DOBO Plays” during an hour-long session.
The Almena, Kansas, native held a short stint as an assistant equipment manager at Georgia State, while also spending two full years as a graduate assistant with the equipment staff at Oklahoma, through the 2013-14 athletic season. While with the Sooners, she worked primarily with the softball and volleyball teams.
Her first step into collegiate athletics came as an undergrad at Kansas, serving as a student manager with the women’s basketball program for three years. The Jayhawks reached the postseason each of her years with the team, including a run to the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16. She also spent time with the Kansas equipment staff as a student intern.
Jessup graduated from Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in education.