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 - Jacqui Kalin
Jacqui Kalin was hired as the Drake women's coordinator of basketball operations in July of 2015.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Kalin was a two-time Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award winner at UNI, where she graduated first all-time in scoring (2,081), 3-point field goals made (265), free throws made (484), free throw percentage (.920), assists (491), games started (136), games played (136) and minutes (4,352).
Kalin helped lead the Panthers to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths as the team won back-to-back MVC Tournament titles. In 2010-11, UNI blitzed the Valley with a stellar 17-1 mark in regular season league action before capturing its second MVC tournament title. The Panthers then nearly pulled off a NCAA first-round upset falling just short against Michigan State, 69-66.
“Jacqui is a natural fit that we couldn’t by more excited about,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “She knows the MVC having won many games in the league while playing for a great coaching staff and program at UNI. I know she will impact our student-athletes immediately and we feel we hit the jackpot with her joining our program!”
After her decorated playing career at UNI, Kalin played two seasons of professional basketball in Israel. She played her first season for the Ramat Hasharon professional club before moving to the Ramat Chen club for her final season. Kalin was a member of the Israeli National Team last summer during the qualifying tournament for the 2015 European Championship.
An excellent student, Kalin was selected the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice. She is the only player in MVC history to win MVC Player of the Year and MVC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in the same season twice in a career. Kalin earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology in December of 2010 and a master’s degree in kinesiology/sports psychology in May of 2013 from UNI.
Assistant Coach - Dominique Kelly
Dominique Kelley was promoted to assistant Drake women's basketball coach in July of 2015.
Kelley, who served as the Bulldogs’ coordinator of basketball operations in 2014-15, came 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.
“Dominique has an incredible feel for our program after playing at the highest level and working in a variety of roles as a young, energetic, up-and-coming coach,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I love how she encourages and mentors our student-athletes while pushing and empowering them. She is a great fit in our program and we are lucky to have her here!”
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 No. 1 seed during the 2010 NCAA Tournament. She ended her playing career ranked No. 17 on the all-time Nebraska scoring list with 1,107 career points.
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.