Bulldog Girls Basketball Camp
Pohlman, has been an assistant coach at Drake since the 2007-08 season. Prior to Drake, she was a coach at her alma mater, Northern Iowa, for seven seasons. Pohlman was inducted in the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame this past fall.
Her primary responsibilities for the Bulldogs are serving as recruiting coordinator, tutoring the Drake off guards, scheduling and assisting with the preparation of opponent scouting reports.
No stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference, Pohlman joined the Bulldog staff in 2007 after spending seven seasons as a coach at Northern Iowa, including serving as the Panthers’ associate head coach during the 2006-07 campaign.
“It's been wonderful to have Coach Pohlman on our coaching staff,” Stephens commented. “She’s relentless in her pursuit of excellence and we like the way she fits the philosophy we strive for at Drake. She has a strong work ethic, an uncanny ability to recruit and an inside edge with the Missouri Valley Conference. She’s built a great reputation in the state of Iowa, and we have capitalized on her strengths as a coach, a recruiter and a relationship builder.”
While at Northern Iowa, she was in charge of academic monitoring, summer camp operations, served as facility liason, and coached UNI’s perimeter players. She also aided in recruiting, scouting, fund-raising and public relations events in the community.
Pohlman began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northern Iowa during the 2000-01 campaign before being elevated to an assistant coach for the following season, a position she held until being promoted to associate head coach in 2006-07.
One of the best all-around players in Northern Iowa history, the former Allison Starr competed from 1996-2000 as the centerpiece in the rejuvenation of Panther basketball under retired head coach Tony DiCecco.
In 1997 she was named to the MVC’s All-Freshman team. Her final three years, she was named All-MVC first team and to The Valley’s All-Defensive Team.
Pohlman arguably had one of the finest single seasons in UNI history in 1999-2000, leading the Panthers in steals and assists while setting school records for points and rebounds in a season. A runner-up to Jackie Stiles for the league’s player of the year award, she was named The Valley’s defensive player of the year, as well.
Pohlman capped her career by ranking second in UNI history with 1,463 points, third with 711 rebounds, second with 274 steals, fifth with 278 assists and as the school record holder for free throws made, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, double-doubles and steals per game.
The Wellsburg, Iowa, native and her husband, Kirk, have triplet daughters, Quinn, Rubie and Sidny. Pohlman holds a bachelor's of science in Dietetics and a master's degree in Health Education from Northern Iowa.
David Lane was hired as a Drake women's basketball assistant coach on May 1, 2012 by Drake Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk.
“David accomplished tremendous success at Chipola and competed every year for national championships,” said Baranczyk. “He has coached a wide range of men and women student-athletes in his career at both the junior college and high school levels. He is bringing an outstanding basketball IQ and intensity to motivate student-athletes to achieve success at a high-level.”
Lane has been the head coach at Chipola College (Fla.) for the past nine seasons. An Iowa City native, Lane led the Indians to four Florida Community College state titles and four NJCAA national tournament appearances. The Indians advanced to the NJCAA Final Four under Lane four times and took third place in 2009. Prior to Chipola, Lane was an assistant coach in 2003 for the men's basketball team at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Lane served as an assistant coach at Iowa City West High from 1996-2002 both with the boy's and girl's teams.
“Being able to coach in Division I basketball is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Lane said. “I have known Jennie for a long time and this is good for my family since it’s an hour-and-a-half from my family and my wife’s family. I knew that this was opportunity was going to be the one.”
Lane played college baseball at Kirkwood and Luther College. He graduated from Coe College with a bachelor's degree in History. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, daughter Mackenzie (4) and son, Maddox (2).
Drake women's basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk announced the final addition to her coaching staff Monday, May 12. Former Mississippi State standout Courtney joins the staff as assistant coach.
"I love Courtney's passion and her overall vision not just in basketball but in life," Baranczyk said. "She is going to be an outstanding mentor to our student-athletes and she comes from a basketball coaching family. Her personality is great and she is going to be embraced by the Drake community as one of its own."
Graham has been out of coaching for the past two seasons but prior to that she was an assistant coach at Holy Cross for three seasons and before Holy Cross, Graham was the academic coordinator and senior women's administrator at Kentucky State University.
"I am thankful for this opportunity to get back into coaching with someone like Jennie that shares my passion for coaching and teaching student-athletes," Graham said. "It is exciting to face new challenges and I knew this was going to be the right fit here at Drake University and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Drake community."
At Mississippi State, Graham earned four letters as a member of the basketball team. A post player she made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT Tournament appearance as a player. From 2005 to 2007, Graham was the associate varsity head coach and head junior varsity coach at her alma mater Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Graham earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State in 2002 and a master's in Sports Administration in 2003. Graham's father, William coached in college basketball for over 25 seasons and her brother, William played college basketball at Wright State.
Coordinator of Basketball Operations
Bolte oversees the Drake women's basketball video operation, including highlights, breakdown and film exchange. Additionally, she assists with day-to-day office operations, team travel arrangements, practice preparation and recruiting visits. In addition, she oversees the Drake summer basketball camps.
Bolte was a four-year standout guard at Iowa State and was named honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 2011. She finished her career as the sixth all-time scorer in Cyclones history with 1,639 points and third in all-time three pointers made with 276. The Ida Grove, Iowa native was unanimous selection to the 2011 All-Big 12 first team and twice earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors (2009, 2010). Iowa State qualified for the NCAA tournament all four seasons, Bolte was on the team.
After her career at ISU she played one season of professional basketball in France and Sweden. Bolte graduated from Iowa State with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies.
"Kelsey was an outstanding player at ISU and is a loyal, hard-working Iowa native who will bring enthusiasm and energy to our program," Drake Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk said. "She is excited to be a part of the Drake community and she has jumped right into her position."
"I'm excited to be a part of the program and to experience everything that Drake has to offer," Bolte said. "After being so far away this past year it is great that I get the chance to be a part of Jennie's staff and be so close to all my family and friends. I'm excited to go out and meet everyone in the Drake community."