TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Janese Constantine has been added to the Alabama ladies’s basketball employees as an assistant coach, head coach Kristy Curry introduced on Wednesday.
“We’re so excited to welcome Janese, Paul and PJ to our Alabama household,” mentioned Curry. “I’ve identified Janese since she was a highschool athlete and have watched her grow to be among the best younger impression recruiters and coaches in our recreation. Her background having performed within the Large Ten at Wisconsin, enjoying professionally abroad, and her experiences as a coach will permit her to be a distinction maker with our younger girls within the classroom, on the court docket and in the neighborhood. She is going to carry a particular ardour, loyalty and power to our program and our employees is so excited to work along with her.”
Constantine will be part of the Crimson Tide and coach the publish gamers, after spending the earlier 4 seasons at Indiana.
“I am thrilled to be becoming a member of Coach Curry and her employees right here at Alabama,” acknowledged Constantine. “Since highschool I’ve at all times admired her for her type, constant, and contagious spirit. Certainly, inside the first 5 minutes of being round her, you get a way of her love for her household, gamers, and the sport of basketball. My hope is to take my previous experiences and serve the employees and the gamers to the perfect of my potential. My household and I are so excited as soon as once more to be at an establishment collectively residing out our desires. I really consider God’s provision for bringing us right here collectively is that is one other farm to plant seeds for Him in it.”
Throughout Constantine’s time as an assistant and training the guards at IU, the Hoosiers reached new heights because the 2019-20 season was no totally different with the workforce ending with program information in general wins (24), Large Ten victories (13), securing the No. four seed within the Large Ten Event for the second time in her tenure and making the Large Ten Event semifinals for the primary time since 2006.
Indiana spent all 20 weeks of the season ranked within the Related Press prime 25, together with reaching a program file rating of No. 12. It marked this system’s fourth-straight 20-win season because the workforce was a lock for an at-large bid within the NCAA Event earlier than the Coronavirus pandemic canceled the rest of the season. IU additionally made historical past within the 2019 Paradise Jam the place the Hoosiers upset then No. 5/6 South Carolina in this system’s first prime 5 non-conference victory in class historical past.
Constantine was additionally instrumental in recruiting for the Hoosiers, most not too long ago with the Class of 2023 which featured a pair of five-star commitments and a No. 18 general rating within the nation in accordance with ESPN. The category additionally ranked 12th within the nation and fourth general within the Large Ten in accordance with the Collegiate Ladies Basketball Report and third within the Large Ten by All Star Ladies Report.
Since Constantine joined the employees in 2016-17, six Hoosier guards have been named to All-Large Ten groups, most not too long ago with the primary workforce choices of Ali Patberg and Grace Berger – the primary duo to earn first workforce honors for the primary time since 1986 and simply the third time in program historical past. Berger and Patberg would additionally go on to be the primary pair of All-Individuals for this system in the identical yr since 1989 as every earned 2019-20 WBCA All-American Honorable Point out honors.
In 2018, Constantine helped information the Hoosiers to the WNIT Championship with an general file of 23-14, whereas in 2016-17 Indianapolis, Ind. native assisted within the Hoosiers’ historic season throughout her first yr by advancing to the WNIT quarterfinals and a then program-record 23 wins. It marked the primary time in class historical past that IU has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons and the primary back-to-back profitable seasons since 2007-08 and 2008-09. Throughout that yr, Indiana additionally set single season program information for factors scored (2,547), factors per recreation (74.9) and assists (564). Constantine was additionally instrumental in improvement of guards Alexis Gassion (All-Large Ten honorable point out, All-Defensive workforce) and Tyra Buss (WBCA All-American honorable point out, All-Large Ten first workforce).
Earlier than coming to IU, Constantine spent the earlier two seasons as an assistant and publish gamers coach at IUPUI, the place she helped lead the Jaguars to a 21-win season in 2015-16, the third highest win complete in a single yr in program historical past and the second highest variety of wins for the college in Division I historical past.
Previous to IUPUI, Constantine spent two seasons as an assistant and coached the purpose guards at Milwaukee after serving as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 2011-12.
A standout participant at Ben Davis Excessive Faculty, Constantine was named Gatorade Participant of the 12 months, an Indiana All-Star and an All-State choice in 2004.
Constantine performed collegiately within the Large Ten at Wisconsin (2005-08) the place she completed her profession averaging 12.eight factors, 5.three rebounds and a couple of.7 assists per recreation throughout her 4 seasons. She was a three-time All-Large Ten choice and off the court docket earned Educational All-Large Ten recognition 3 times. Banks ended her profession as one in all 10 gamers in Badgers historical past to eclipse 1,500 profession factors.
After school, Constantine performed professionally in Ukraine, Switzerland and Iceland. Following three years in skilled basketball, she spent the 2010-11 season as a volunteer coach at Ben Davis.
Janese and her husband Paul, who’s a coach on the Alabama Soccer power and conditioning employees, are the proud dad and mom of their eight-month-old son, PJ.
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