Jennie Lillis joined the Marquette coaching staff in June of 2006. Another former All-Big Ten performer from The University of Iowa, Lillis' primary focus is the development of Marquette's post players.
In addition to on-the-court coaching, Lillis is involved with both on and off campus recruiting, game scheduling, opponent scouting and is a liaison for media relations.
Before coming to Marquette, Lillis spent two seasons at Kansas State University. She first joined the K-State staff during the 2004-05 season, serving as assistant director of basketball operations in charge of administrative and organizational aspects of the program. She was promoted to a full-time assistant coach during the 2005-06 campaign. Lillis also earned her master's degree in counseling and student development from Kansas State.
Prior to her joining the Wildcats, Lillis enjoyed a fine playing career at the University of Iowa. One of the best all-around players in Hawkeye basketball history, she was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior, while being named a Second Team All-Big Ten player as a sophomore.
One of only two Iowa players to collect better than 1,700 points and 800 rebounds in a career, Lillis is the only player in Hawkeye history to rank in the top 10 all-time in the Iowa record book in scoring (4th/1,762 points), rebounding (5th/827), assists (8th/297), blocks (3rd/114), and steals (6th/196). She helped the Hawkeyes to four postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament bids. Lillis and current MU assistant Cara Consuegra were teammates for one year at Iowa.
Off the court, Lillis earned the 2004 Big Ten Conference's Medal of Honor. First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten's oldest award is given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, and a WBCA Scholarship Award recipient, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Collegiate Basketball Award for Excellence semifinalist as a senior in 2004.
Lillis enjoys being involved in the Milwaukee community. She participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Briggs and Al's Run/Walk, as well as speaking at local schools and various basketball clinics.