Xavier educator is 1 of 4 women to win Olympic gold as athlete, coach

Jennifer Gillom (submitted photo)

Jennifer Gillom (submitted photo)

Xavier College Preparatory’s Jennifer Gillom is one of only four female athletes in the world to have won Olympic gold medals as both an athlete and a coach.

The former Phoenix Mercury and University of Mississippi basketball standout, who is a physical education teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach at Xavier, won her first gold medal as a member of the United States women’s basketball team in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

In 2012, she won a gold medal as an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s basketball team that captured gold at the Summer Olympics in London, according to a press release.

A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Ms. Gillom has also served as head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx teams and as an assistant coach with the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun.

She began her coaching career in 2004 at Xavier, where she led the basketball Gators to a 130-25 record in six seasons, the release stated.

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