April 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Recently hired as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio University, Bob Boldon has brought two familiar faces along with him to begin his career with the Bobcats. Tavares Jackson and Kate Schrader have been added to the staff as assistant coaches, the program announced on Friday.
Both Jackson and Schrader spent the last three seasons at Youngstown State with Boldon, helping turn an inherited 0-30 program into one which went 23-10 last season and won a first-round game in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
"They both have a great amount of passion for the game and are great teachers," Boldon said. "It's tremendous to have both of them along with me. It makes everything easier when you're walking into a new situation and have people with you who understand the same recruiting and basketball philosophies."
Tavares most recently worked as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for Boldon at Youngstown State. Jackson was a big part of a YSU offense which finished the 2011-12 season ranked fifth in the nation with 9.2 three-pointers made per game, and one which was also one of just 10 teams in the country to make at least 16 three-pointers in a game during the year.
Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator under Boldon at Youngstown State and also assisted with on-floor coaching, game preparation, scheduling, and the program's camp series.
"Tavares is from the Columbus area and has done a great job recruiting the Midwest, specifically Ohio," said Boldon. "He brings a great deal of organization and is very structured with the way he does things. He's also brought a number of tremendous recruiting ideas to the table."
Prior to Youngstown State, Jackson worked at Division II Slippery Rock University from 2004-10. At Slippery Rock, Jackson became a well-respected recruiter, eventually bringing in five NCAA Division I transfers and two NJCAA All-American signings.
Following a successful playing career at Division II Minnesota, Crookston and Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin, Jackson got his start in college coaching as a graduate assistant at Bemidji State from 2000-02. He then cracked the NCAA Division I ranks with an assistant coaching job at Austin Peay State University. While on staff with the Governors, Jackson specialized in working with the team's guards while also assisting with various other tasks. He was a part of Austin Peay's best season in school history, a year which saw the Governors go 27-4 and win both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Jackson then spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
Jackson earned his bachelor's degrees in both sports and recreation management and applied studies from Minnesota, Crookston in 2000.
A player of legend at Florida Gulf Coast, Schrader was reunited with Boldon at Youngstown State following his days as an assistant with FGCU. Behind a motion offense that was geared towards shooting open three-pointers and driving for layups, Schrader helped Boldon develop YSU into one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League.
"Kate has a tremendous basketball mind," said Boldon. "She really understands the game, especially offensively. She has also become better at recruiting every single year she has done it and really brings a lot of energy to the staff."
Following two very strong seasons on the court for FGCU, Schrader spent the next two years on the other side of the ball, serving as a graduate assistant in 2008-09 and as an assistant coach with Boldon in 2009-10. In Schrader's two years on the FGCU staff, the Eagles went 50-12 in just their second and third seasons at the Division I level.
In 2009-10, FGCU went 24-7 and earned invitations to compete in both the preseason and postseason WNIT. The Eagles were 17-3 in the Atlantic Sun and went a perfect 14-0 in home contests.
As a student-athlete, Schrader led FGCU to a combined two-year record of 63-3. She was a First-Team Division II All-America selection her senior year when she led the Eagles to an appearance in the National Championship game. She finished second in the nation in field goal percentage (.628), and she led FGCU in free-throw percentage (.809), rebounds (5.5 per game) and points (17.4 per game). She was a Division II Honorable-Mention All-America honoree as a junior in 2006. Despite playing only two seasons at FGCU, she is the school's all-time leader in points, field goals made, free-throws made, free-throws attempted and free-throw percentage.
Schrader went on to play professionally in Holland for the Perik Jumpers.
Prior to her days at Florida Gulf Coast, Schrader played two seasons at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz. A native of Fort Collins, Colo., she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast in 2007.
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