Katie Rokus is entering her fifth season as a University of Cincinnati women's basketball assistant coach for the 2015-16 year.
Her primary responsibilities are recruiting, scouting of opponents and working with the guards on the court. She is also heavily involved with leadership development, team building and serves as the liaison for academics, compliance, and strength & conditioning.
She has aided in the development of 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team player Ana Owens and Bianca Quisenberry who received the same honor during the 2013-14 season. Quisenberry was also UC’s first recruit to earn state Gatorade Player of the Year honors since 2007.
In her first season, UC finished with a 16-16 mark during the 2011-12 campaign, a six-win improvement from the year prior. The Bearcats were selected to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), the first postseason berth for UC since the 2005-06 season.
Previously as an assistant coach, Rokus helped George Washington land Top-50 recruiting classes, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, in two of her last three seasons in D.C. In 2009, the Colonials brought in the nation's 42nd-best and the Atlantic 10's highest-ranked class. In 2010, ESPN Top-100 recruit Chelisa Painter helped the staff secure the nation's 50th-best class.
While at George Washington, Rokus helped the Colonials to a postseason WNIT berth following the 2008-09 season, marking the 18th postsseason appearance in 19 years.
Rokus moved to GW after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) from 2005-08, including serving as recruiting coordinator and top assistant on Phil Stern's staff her final three seasons.
Aside from recruiting, Rokus' responsibilities at UMBC included travel, academic and equipment coordinator, film exchange, guard development, and team defense. She also served as assistant director of UMBC's NIKE Girls Basketball Camp and was the program's liaison to strength and conditioning, academics, compliance and sports information.
A native of Washington, D.C., Rokus also was salutatorian of her 1999 senior class at St. John's College High School. A two-sport athlete in basketball and soccer, Rokus guided the Cadets to a 107-21 record in her four years on the basketball court and a No. 16 national ranking her senior season.