1-on-1: Jackie Hartzell's rise to one of Division II's top women's basketball coaches

1-On-1 with Matt Leon
November 22, 2019 - 6:25 pm
Jackie Hartzell.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jackie Hartzell has emerged as one of the top women's college basketball coaches in all of Division II. She is currently in her seventh season at University of the Sciences and she won nearly 75% of her games with the Devils.

Prior to taking over at Sciences, Hartzell enjoyed a successful run as a high school coach at Archbishop Ryan High School.

"One of my players at Ryan, Megan Wolf, had just finished her freshman year at Sciences. I had coached Meg for four years at Ryan and for either three or four years of AAU. So I had a great relationship with Meg. She had told me that (former head coach) Paul Stadelberger had resigned and the job was open and she asked me if I was interested. It was kind of just like, oh, it wouldn't hurt. Maybe I'll get a college interview and that'll help me down the road. So I went in for the interview and I just got a great feeling," she said of how her move to the college level came about. 

That great feeling has turned into a lot of success. 

Her teams have been especially dominant in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Hartzell has led the Devils to a 91-14 record and three straight NCAA Tournaments.

"When you tell me the numbers, I just think of how fortunate I've been to have really good players and really good assistant coaches. I don't feel comfortable taking credit for that, because I'm not playing the game. They're playing the game, and I've just, I've been really fortunate with the coaching staffs that I've had over the past seven years. I'm really lucky," she added. 

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