Jessica Stanek was promoted full-time to the assistant director of athletics at Rockford University in February 2019, following an 11-year stint as the Regents' head women's basketball coach. Stanek also serves as the school's Senior Woman Administration in addition to her duties as the assistant director of athletics.
Stanek's main duties for the department revolve around NCAA compliance and eligibility. She is responsible for both educating and certifying all of Rockford University's student-athletes each year. This includes holding mandatory educational sessions to go over NCAA rules, regulations and bylaws at the beginning of every academic year. She is also in charge of informing and educating both coaches and student-athletes on any new NCAA legislation proposals and updates throughout the year. Stanek also assists with numerous mandatory NCAA reports each year.
Stank is also responsible for tracking and monitoring the academic progress of Rockford's student-athletes. This includes overseeing the athletic department's study tables, as well as gathering and disseminating academic alerts each of the athletic programs. She is also tabbed with overseeing Rockford's Chi Alpha Sigma chapter.
Prior to being named the full-time assistant director of athletics, Stanek spent 11 seasons as Rockford's head women's basketball coach and nine year's as the department's graduate assistant coordinator. The Regents qualified for the NACC tournament four times during her tenure and had multiple all-conference performers. Through last season, Stanek's players have earned 48 NACC Scholar-Athlete awards, 11 all-conference awards, two all-freshman team selections, one NACC Freshman of the Year, one all-region award and one CoSIDA Academic All-District honor.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks full-time, Stanek spent four year's on the court as member of the Minnesota State University, Mankato's women's basketball team. As a four-year scholarship player for the Mavericks, Stanek made the North Central Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll her final three years and was named Mavericks' captain for the 2006-07 season. Once Stanek completed her eligibility, she continued to assist with the program by helping players with post-season workouts.
Stanek completed her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Coaching from Minnesota State University Mankato in May 2007. She then earned her master's degree in Teaching from Rockford University in 2009. Stanek currently resides in Machesney Park, Ill. with Angela McNames and their two children Brynlee, 9, and Jordyn, 2.