2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Kim Muhl
Head Coach - 29th Season
Phone: 319-398-5556

Kim Muhl (pronounced "moo-ul") is in his 29th season as head coach for the women's basketball program. Since coming to Kirkwood in September '89, Muhl has led his teams to 24 regional finals, 17 national tournaments and 7 national titles in his Hall of Fame career. Muhl has produced 28 consecutive 20-win seasons including a school record 37 wins in 2009-10 and 2016-17, and has been the only coach in Kirkwood history to go undefeated in the 2016-17 season (37-0).

Muhl has been named Region XI Coach of the Year 16 times (1990, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2002-10, '12, and 2017) and his teams have won regional basketball titles those same years. Muhl's basketball teams have been regional runner-up six times. He was named "Outstanding Coach of the Tournament" at the 1997, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2017 NJCAA Division II National Tournaments. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named Muhl the Russell Athletic 2007 JC/CC Coach of the Year and the Pat Summitt Trophy 2017. Coach Muhl received his greatest award in 2011 by being selected into the "NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame" as one of only two active coaches.

Muhl currently sports a 829-147 record, including a phenomenal 344-31 record at home. From 2006 until February 2011 his teams have won 106 straight conference games. He has coached 27 All-Americans including 15 First Team All-Americans and 5 WBCA All-Americans. Coach Muhl holds the NJCAA DII women's record of 39 straight wins.

Muhl has attracted regional and national attention for Eagle programs. The women's basketball teams have been ranked #1 in the NJCAA Division II polls on several occasions. Four-year colleges have been regular visitors to Kirkwood's campus. Former Kirkwood players under Muhl have gone on to play at Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Oregon, South Florida, Drake, Illinois State, Southwest Missouri State, St. Johns, Stetson, Marquette and various NCAA Division II and NAIA schools.

Muhl earned his B.A. at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA and his M.A. in Secondary Education at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.

 
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Jen Francescon
Assistant Coach - 10th Season
Phone: 319-398-5596

Jen Francescon (pronounced "FRAN-ses-ken") is in her 10th season as an assistant coach with the Eagles. She has helped coach three teams to national titles in 2009,'10, and '17 along with a 5th place finish in 2015. 

Prior to her coaching career, Francescon played two seasons (2002-2004) at Kirkwood, helping them to two national tournament apperances, including a 3rd place finish in 2004.

Francescon then transferred on to play at Morningside College where she scored 693 career points and made 134 three-point field goals, while helping guide Morningside to a national championship in 2005. 

During her high school career, Francescon's teams went undefeated in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, accumulating a 46-0 record. As a senior, she helped her team to an Elite 8 finish and still holds the school record for 3-point percentage at 42%.

Francescon earned her B.S. in Business Management from Morningside College and is currently employed in the Michael J Gould Recreation Center at Kirkwood.

 
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Natalie White
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Natalie White is in her 2nd season at Kirkwood. She helped guide the Eagles to a perfect 37-0 record and an NJCAA national title in her first season at Kirkwood. 

Prior to Kirkwood, White played at Division I San Jose State University (2005-2009). As a Lady Spartan, she finished her career ranked 7th in school history in scoring (1,229), 1st in free throw percentage (.820), 4th in 3-point field goals made (164), and 3rd in games played (118).

White attended Dubuque Senior High School (2001-2005). As a freshman, she was a unanimous pick for 2nd Team All-District in Northeast Iowa class 4A and 2nd Team All-Conference of the Mississippi Valley (MVC). Her sophomore year she was 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Conference. As a junior, she was selected as the Telegraph Herald Player of the Year, 1st team All-District, 1st team All-Conference and 2nd team All-State in Iowa. Her senior year she averaged 25 points and 9 rebounds per game, awarded MVP of the Mississippi Valley Conference, Telegraph Herald Co-Player of the Year, MVP of the Goal Setter All-Star game, 1st team All-District, 1st team All-Conference, and 1stteam All-State. White ended her high school career with a school record 1,569 points.

White, a native of Dubuque, IA, received a B.A. in radio, television and film with a minor in communications from San Jose State University. White is currently employed in the Kirkwood marketing department.