Jeanette Pohlen, a 2011 graduate from Stanford and former Pac-10 Player of the Year, has rejoined the Cardinal as the Director of Player Development, announced Friday by Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer.
A newly designed position for the program, Pohlen will assist in various areas focused on helping student-athletes succeed both on and off the court, while serving as a liaison with a number of other departments, on campus and beyond.
“I’m so grateful to be back with the program,” said Pohlen. “Stanford has always felt like home, so having the opportunity to work in a program I know well with some amazing people is really exciting. I can’t wait to get started!”
Playing for the Cardinal from 2007-11, Pohlen suited up in 150 career games, a number that held the program record prior to Anna Wilson and Alyssa Jerome surpassing that mark in 2022. Her 4,355 career minutes rank third in program history, as do her 269 made 3-pointers. She dished 560 career assists, ranking sixth in program history, while she still owns the single-season record with 96 career 3-pointers made her senior year.
The Cardinal went to four-straight Final Fours during Pohlen’s playing career, including runner-up finishes in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010. Overall, Stanford was 137-14 with Pohlen and dominated conference play, winning the Pac-10 regular season and tournament titles all four years.
Pohlen was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2011, also earning first-team All-America honors that season by the Associated Press and USBWA. A three-time All-Pac-12 player, she went on to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA Draft, selected ninth overall by the Indiana Fever. As a pro, she played in 148 career games with the Fever, winning the 2012 WNBA Championship.
“Jeanette is a perfect choice to develop this new position for our program,” added VanDerveer. “Her knowledge of the team and department matched with her experience and success as a player will be important assets to our student-athletes.”
Pohlen spent last season on staff as a coaching intern, as Stanford advanced to its second-straight Final Four, finishing the season 32-4.PAC-12 Stanford