Katie Rokus, a former assistant at George Washington, is in her third season as a University of Cincinnati women's basketball assistant coach for the 2013-14 year.
A talented recruiter, Rokus helped George Washington land Top 50 recruiting classes according to ESPN HoopGurlz in two of the last three seasons. 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.
Rokus moved to GW after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland, Baltimore County 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 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.
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.