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Long-time Waldorf College basketball coach to be honored with court dedication

Waldorf College
Waldorf College will honor long-time women’s basketball coach Denny Jerome on Saturday, Nov. 9, as the Hanson Fieldhouse basketball court is formally named Denny Jerome Court. President Bob Alsop will lead a dedication ceremony ten minutes prior to the team taking on Graceland University at 1 p.m.

Since establishing Waldorf’s women’s basketball program in 1972, Jerome has been the only head coach of the Warriors. In 41 seasons, he has amassed 778 victories (at the time of press) and a win percentage of nearly 65%, putting him at the top of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Active Winningest Coaches list. Under his helm, the team has qualified for the national tournament seven times.

Jerome has coached 18 All-Americans and numerous Academic All-Americans. The Warriors have been a Midwest Collegiate Conference and NAIA Scholar Team every season and earned one of the top GPAs in the nation in 2009.

In addition to serving as head women’s basketball coach, Jerome has immersed himself in a variety of positions at the college.  He spent three years in residence life, five years in admissions, several years as a professor in physical education, and 30 years as Waldorf’s director of athletics and assistant football coach.

The court dedication will mark the second time Waldorf has recognized Jerome’s contributions to the college.  In 2010, the Denny Jerome Athletic Complex was dedicated in his honor.

Following Saturday’s game, an open house reception will be held in the Hanson Fieldhouse lobby. The community is welcome to attend.