Jennifer Pruett enters her third season on the coaching staff of the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team in 2017-18.
Before coming to St. Bonaventure, Pruett served as a collegiate coach for four years at Kent State, Longwood and Central Michigan. She spent the previous two years as a high school head coach at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School in Powhatan, Va. where she led her squad to a 38-20 record after taking over a team that finished 5-16 in the season prior to her arrival.
Prior to that, she spent two years primarily working with the guards at Kent State. During her time with the Flashes, she also was in charge of recruiting Michigan, Indiana, Florida, parts of Virginia and Kentucky as well as northern Ohio and the Cincinnati area.
At Longwood, she worked with the team’s guards during the 2011-12 campaign while also serving as the team’s academic liaison. Pruett got her start in collegiate coaching as a volunteer assistant coach for Central Michigan in 2010-11.
That stint followed a three-year playing career at Ohio University, where Pruett was a three-year starter and team captain for two seasons. A 2008 Mid-American Conference All-Tournament team selection, Pruett was also an Academic All-MAC honoree and was the team’s representative on Ohio’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Pruett also played at Michigan State for the 2005-06 season. A native of St. Johns, Michigan, Pruett is a two-time graduate of Ohio University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education in 2009 and a graduate degree in coaching education in 2010.
Pruett lives in Olean with her husband, Brad who is the head athletic trainer at St. Bonaventure, and their son, Jake, and daughter, Brynn.