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On April 4th, Monday Morning, Mississippi Valley State University announced at a press conference that Jessica Kern will now serve as head coach of the Women’s Basketball Team.

Before coming to MVSU, Kern was an assistant coach for Women’s Basketball with the Furman University Paladins. Prior to that she served as head coach at the NCAA Division II Lincoln University for fours years. Kern has been the recipient of CIAA Coach of the Year honor after leading Lincoln University to a 22-9 record. That year her team shattered the school record with 22 wins until the CIAA Tournament.

With her coaching expertise, she was able to help Lincoln University win a victory over Division 1 Morgan State and help close 16-point deficit to beat Winston-Salem State. Before going to Lincoln she also served as a assistant coach and media specialist at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee of Horizon League and also a assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Kern too was a well-established athlete during her tenure. She had combined number of 11 letters in basketball, volleyball, and track where she served as team captain for each sport. In basketball she was in Four State Finals and won two state championships. She claimed 11 individual conference championships in track & field and was a three-time all-conference performance in volleyball.

Kern attended Penn State University, where she was basketball team captain for two years and was twice the Big 10 and Academic All-American honoree while also competing in Track and Field. After she graduated with a degree in Journalism, she then took her talents to the international stage for a seven year professional career playing in countries such as Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, and Poland.

Kern is expected to make an immediate impact on the Women’s Basketball Program.

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Kyle Kidd-Buckner is a 21-year-old, Graduating Senior Mass Communication major from Los Angeles, CA with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Political Science at Jackson State University. He is a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. initiated Spring 2017 into the Delta Phi Chapter where he serves as Associate Editor of The Sphinx. Spring of 2017, Kyle was appointed to the position of Executive President for the Campus Activities Board for the 2017-2018 Academic School year completing his tenure January 2018. He has served as an Author for HBCUBuzz and Collegiate Sports Editor of Black Beat Sports with stories also featured in 7 Hues Magazine and DoerHouse LLC. He currently interns at The Meme Agency as a Public Relations Intern and BYOBSociety as a Marketing Intern and serves as Managing Editor for Watch The Yard. Kyle aims to become a expert in all things media. He was the 2016 National Conference on Student Leadership Scholarship Recipient representing Jackson State in Orlando, FL. Kyle recently Co-Author his first book, "Grown and Gone" a book created to assist high school seniors with their transition into their first independent year as college student. Kyle lives by the life mantra, "I trust the next chapter, because I know the Author..."