Mahoney comes to SUU from Western State College of Colorado where she helped the Mountaineers to a top four finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Prior to her time in Gunnison she spent four years as an assistant at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. During that time the Antelopes capture three Pacific West Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA Divison II National tournament in 2010 as well as the Sweet Sixteen in 2011.
“We couldn't be more excited about having Jill join our coaching staff at Southern Utah,” said Thunderbird head coach JR Payne. “She has had a tremendous amount of success both as a player as well as a coach and will bring an enthusiasm and energy that is truly contagious.”
As a coach Mahoney has overseen various responsibilities including implementing offensive systems, coordinating strength and conditioning programs and managing administrative duties such as travel, equipment, academics and budget.
“Not only will Jill be a great fit within our program but I believe she is someone who will really connect with the Cedar City community,” said Payne. “All around, we are absolutely thrilled that Jill will be joining us here at SUU.”
During her playing career Mahoney earned recognition as the Newcomer of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. She played her final season at Grand Canyon where she helped the team to an undefeated PacWest season and received all-conference honors. The former guard/forward was a three-time all-State high school selection in Russell, Kan. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from GCU in 2009.