Clarksville, Ark.-Christina Jost takes over for Kelly Stutz as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of the Ozarks, announced Athletics Director Dave De Hart on Wednesday.
Jost, 28, has been the assistant coach the past two seasons at Ozarks where she helped the team to the American Southwest Conference playoffs last year. The Lady Eagles experienced one of the best turnarounds in NCAA III women’s basketball a year ago, improving from four wins during the 2004-2005 season to twelve wins last season. Jost inherits a team made the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season and finished with an 11-11 ASC record. “I’m very excited to be selected for this position,” said Jost. “It’s a great opportunity for me and it will certainly be a challenge. But I think we have a solid core group coming back to work with. I’m really excited to get going and I believe we will have a great year.” “This is a very prestigious institution,” said Jost. “Ozarks is known for its academics. And you really get a sense of a family atmosphere here. The kids are not just another number.” Jost will emphasis a game plan around strong defensive play. “I’m very defensive minded,” said Jost. “We will focus more on the defensive end this year. But on the flip side, we will continue to push the ball and keep an up-tempo offensive style. Expectations are set even higher after making the playoffs last season.” A native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Jost earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1999 from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education from Arkansas Tech University. “We are very fortunate to have someone of her experience and capabilities to step in and lead our women’s basketball program,” said De Hart. “She has shown over the last two seasons the professionalism and leadership that is necessary for our program to continue to move forward. I am confident that the program is in good hands and look forward to the future.” In addition to her collegiate coaching experience at Ozarks, Jost was the assistant girl’s basketball coach at John Hersey High School in Illinois for two seasons. Jost has worked as a camp counselor at numerous basketball camps around the country including Dominican University (Ill.), Northwestern University (Ill.) and West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was also the assistant softball coach at Ozarks during the 2006 season. She played four years at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she served as team captain from 1997-1999. Jost is a member of the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Stutz resigned to pursue other opportunities.