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Jessica Abitz begins her first season as Illinois' Director of Basketball Operations.
Abitz is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in health. A three-year basketball letterwinner, Abitz was named captain for her senior season of 2007-08. A native of Franksville, Wis., Abitz was the Director of Basketball Operations for UW-Green Bay for the 2011-12 season, coordinating team travel and meals, organizing film exchange and assisting on recruiting visits.
Abitz, who graduated from Shoreland Lutheran High School, has been the junior varsity basketball coach at Oshkosh West as well as a coach for the Wisconsin Shooting Stars. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and past president of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Club at UW-Oshkosh. She has been a presenter at the WBCA Convention, the Wisconsin Heath and Physical Education Convention and the Future Professionals of Wisconsin Heath and Physical Education Workshop.