Kari Duperron is entering her first season as an assistant coach with the Washington Huskies.
Duperron returns to the Pac-10 after spending the past two seasons at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas under Coach Kathy Olivier. She previously worked in the conference from 2003-2006, when Duperron was the director of basketball operations (and an interim assistant coach) under Olivier at UCLA for three years. During the 2007-08 season, Duperron coached a sophomore boys' high school team at North Torrance High School, leading the program to a second-place finish. She was also the assistant coach for the varsity team that won its first league championship since 1972.
"We are ecstatic about fulfilling another piece of our puzzle that continues to take us in the right direction," Jackson said. "I've known Coach Duperron for a long time and think she's one of the brightest young coaches in basketball."
Both coaches are familiar with one another, dating back to their time in Westwood when Jackson was an assistant under Olivier, and Duperron was the director of operations. What impressed Jackson the most was not just Duperron's strong basketball mind, but her ability to forge connections with student-athletes.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with Coach Jackson and her staff at Washington," Duperron said. "The University of Washington and the Pac-10 Conference are known for academic and athletic excellence. Coach Jackson has a tremendous work ethic, knowledge of the game of basketball and vision for the Husky program. I look forward to the opportunity to help our student-athletes become young women who can make a difference on and off the court."
Duperron, 28, fills the void created by the departure of Loree Payne, who was recently hired as the head coach of the University of Puget Sound, a Div. III program in Tacoma. Payne, a former star player with the Huskies, coached for three seasons at Washington, all under Jackson.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, the Torrance, Calif., native was a standout player at Cal Poly, starting as a walk-on and ending her career as team captain. Her senior year, Duperron was named the Big West's "Hustle Player of the Year." Duperron graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in marketing management. She also holds a masters in sports management from Long Beach State.
At Washington, Duperron's duties will include - but are not limited to - recruiting, academics, scouting and player development of the swing position players, along with camps and clinics.