Katie Rokus
Katie  Rokus

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
South Carolina Aiken '03

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.

Rokus helped the Retrievers to unprecedented success on and off the court during her tenure, highlighted by the program's first America East Conference title and first NCAA Tournament berth in 2007. In 2006, UMBC posted its first winning season in 12 years and boasted the highest team grade-point average among America East women's basketball members at 3.25.

The 2006 squad also claimed the Retriever Cup, which is annually presented to the top UMBC athletic program based on GPA, community outreach, athletes supporting athletes and attendance at Sunday lectures.

Off the court, Rokus presented as a speaker for the Assistant Coaches Roundtables at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Convention in 2014 and has been a member of the WBCA since 2003. She also attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in June 2013 and is a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches.

Rokus played in 98 games and was a two-time team captain during her four-year career at University of South Carolina Aiken from 1999-2003, which included three seasons as a player under Stern. The Lady Pacers went a combined 78-38 during her four seasons, advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament in 2002 and capturing the 2002 Peach Belt Conference regular season championship and back-to-back PBC North Division titles in 2001 and 2002.

Rokus was named Most Outstanding Senior Student and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications from USC Aiken in 2003.

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.