Associate Head Coach - Allison Pohlman
Allison Pohlman was promoted to associate head coach of the Drake University women’s basketball program by head coach Jennie Baranczyk in July of 2014.
“Allison exemplifies everything that we strive for in our program,” commented Baranczyk on the veteran assistant coach. “She is an exceptional teacher and recruiter. Allison values hard work, loyalty and loves Drake. She is such an integral part to the success of our program and we are lucky to have her here! This is a well-deserved promotion.”
After Baranczyk was named head coach in April of 2012, her first hire was retaining Pohlman from the previous coaching staff. Pohlman, who was a standout player at Northern Iowa, has been an assistant coach at Drake since the 2007-08 season.
As the Bulldogs recruiting coordinator, she was instrumental in the recruitment of Kyndal Clark, the 2014 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Lizzy Wendell, the 2014 co-MVC Freshman of the Year.
Her primary responsibilities for the Bulldogs are serving as recruiting coordinator, tutoring the Drake guards 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.
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. Pohlman was inducted in the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.
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 UNI.
Assistant Coach - Courtney Graham
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’s primary responsibilities are tutoring the Drake post players, overseeing the academic success of the team, scheduling and assisting with the preparation of opponent scouting reports.
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.
Assistant Coach - Dan Doerflein
Drake University women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk hired Dan Doerflein to her staff as the Bulldogs’ coordinator of basketball operations in June of 2013. After one season in the role he promoted to an assistant coach position in June of 2014.
“We are excited to have Dan move into his new role on our staff,” Baranczyk said. “He is an enthusiastic recruiter, a hard-worker and a great fit in our program and at Drake University.”
Doerflein joined the Drake staff after two years as the video coordinator for the University of Colorado women's basketball team. At Colorado he edited and analyzed practice and game film for the coaching staff led by head coach Linda Lappe, a former Drake assistant coach, and assisted in the creation of scouting reports.
Prior to Colorado, he spent seven seasons working with the Brigham Young University women’s basketball program. He started as a student assistant at BYU for the 2001-02 season and following a two-year mission trip to Washington, D.C., for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he resumed his role from 2004-07, where he primarily worked on conversion defense and player development.
Doerflein was the BYU film coordinator from 2007-09, where he was tasked with recording and analyzing game film. In 2009, following his graduation from BYU with his bachelor’s degree in American Studies, he was hired as the program’s director of operations for the 2009-10 season where he was responsible for scheduling, travel, academics and film exchange.
Originally from Columbia, Md., he graduated from Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. in 2001 where he lettered in baseball, basketball and tennis. He has worked numerous youth basketball camps at BYU, Colorado and the University of Maryland.
Coordinator of Basketball Operations - Dominique Kelly
Kelley, who was hired in July of 2014, comes to Drake after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska, where she was a standout, four-year starter for the Cornhuskers from 2007-11.
The Lincoln, Neb., native started 109 consecutive games until a knee injury limited her to just 12 games her senior campaign. A two-year team captain, Kelley helped the Cornhuskers to a 32-2 overall record and a trip to the school’s first-ever Sweet 16 as a number one seed during the 2010 NCAA Tournament. She ended her playing career No. 17 on the all-time Nebraska scoring list with 1,107 career points.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring in a quality individual like Dominique to our staff,” Baranczyk said. “She is a young, energetic, up-and-coming coach who comes from an outstanding program in Nebraska and a tremendous head coach in Connie Yori.”
Kelley spent one season as an assistant coach at Doane College in Crete, Neb., before returning to Nebraska in 2012-13. The Cornhuskers captured their first-ever conference tournament title in 2013-14 and won an NCAA Tournament game for the second consecutive season. Kelley graduated from Nebraska with a master’s degree in educational administration in May of 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting in May of 2012. Dominique married Clyde Johnson in June of 2012.