Coaches Council

Jen McKillop

Associate Athletic Director/SWA
Franklin Pierce University

Jeanette McKillop will transition to her first season as the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at Franklin Pierce University in 2019-20. She will oversee all compliance operations, including the certification of student-athlete eligibility for the institution’s 24 varsity sports. McKillop also serves as the Department of Athletics’ Senior Woman Administrator, and oversees the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in that role.
Prior to the transition to administration, McKillop spend three seasons as the head coach of the University’s women’s basketball program, helming the team from 2016-17 through 2018-19. The 14th head coach in program history, she came to Franklin Pierce after spending the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach at three different Division I institutions and comes to Rindge after a three-year stint at The College of William & Mary.

McKillop spent the previous six seasons prior to Franklin Pierce as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under 400-game winner Ed Swanson at Sacred Heart (2010-13) and William & Mary (2013-16). While a member of Swanson’s staff at William & Mary, McKillop helped guide the Tribe to a Women’s Basketball Invitational appearance in 2014-15, the program’s first-ever postseason tournament appearance. In addition, the team’s 15-win seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16 marked the fourth-most wins in program history.

Prior to William & Mary, McKillop assisted Swanson during the final three years of his 23-year tenure at Sacred Heart. With McKillop’s assistance, the Pioneers made postseason appearances in each of her three seasons with the program, including Northeast Conference regular season and tournament titles, leading to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2011-12, as well as a Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) selection in 2012-13. While working with the post players at Sacred Heart, she helped mentor Callan Taylor, who earned Northeast Conference Player of the Year honors in 2011-12. McKillop also served as an academic coordinator for the Pioneers, helping to produce two CoSIDA Academic All-District student-athletes.

Prior to connecting with Swanson at Sacred Heart, McKillop spent four seasons on the staff of Tammy Smith at Lafayette. While with the Leopards, she helped the team to its first Patriot League title game appearance in 13 years in 2009, with the 2008-09 season culminating in the program’s first-ever selection to the WNIT.

McKillop got her coaching start as a graduate assistant at East Stroudsburg in 2003-04, before serving as assistant coach at University of California, San Diego during the 2004-05 season. She served several months as interim head coach at UCSD during a coaching transition after the season, before moving on to spend one season as head coach at William Woods.

McKillop is a 2003 graduate of University of San Diego, with a degree in anthropology, and earned her master’s degree in sport management from East Stroudsburg in 2006. She was named Graduate Assistant of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2004, while at East Stroudsburg. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education.