|Title:||Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Wellesley College '09|
Jess Duff is entering her second season as assistant women’s basketball coach at UMass Boston. She also serves as an assistant coach with the Beacons volleyball team, and is responsible for the recruitment of players for both squads.
A standout member of the women’s basketball and volleyball teams at Wellesley College, Duff received multiple All-Conference, All-Region, and All-America honors while with the Blue. A four-year member of both teams, Duff was named a three-time team MVP, a two-time captain, a two-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic (NEWMAC) All-Conference selection, and was named to the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star game in 2009. She also earned multiple All-Tournament selections during her career as well.
With the volleyball team, Duff closed out her career as one of the top players to ever compete at Wellesley. A 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American, Duff also garnered New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA) and AVCA All-Region accolades, and multiple NEWMAC honors. In 2007, she led the Blue to a NEWMAC tournament title, while in 2008 she led Wellesley to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament. A year later she was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team.
Off the hardwood, Duff was a member of the Wellesley College Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and served as the groups Chair of Unity Committee. In March of 2009 she participated in the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium in Boston. During the symposium, Duff participated in workshops that focused on team philosophies and values, leadership styles, Title IX, communication strategies and diversity.
Duff graduated from Wellesley in 2009 with her bachelor’s in Women’s Studies. She recently earned her master’s degree in Education from Tufts University. While with the Jumbos, Duff also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach and was responsible for the recruitment of student-athletes, film breakdown and played a major part in helping Tufts to two NCAA tournament appearances and a 62-9 record during her three seasons in Medford.