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UMKC tops the $1 million salary mark for its new women's basketball coach

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Dionnah Jackson-Durrett speaking at a microphone.
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University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dionnah Jackson-Durrett addresses the media during a press conference introducing her as the women's basketball head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dionnah Jackson-Durrett signed a three-year deal worth at least $1.035 million.

Dionnah Jackson-Durrett's résumé is impressive. She was the 2001 Missouri High School Player of the Year, earned All-American honorable mentions while playing for the University of Oklahoma and was a first-round draft pick for the WNBA.

After five years playing pro basketball, Jackson-Durrett moved on to coach in the college ranks. In 12 years she was on the staff at several universities, including a stint at Southeast Missouri State University and two seasons with the University of Texas Longhorns. She is no stranger to the NCAA national tournament either, having coached in five consecutive Elite Eight rounds.

As for her goals for the UMKC program, Jackson-Durrett wants to build a "tradition of champions." To get there, she has assembled "a great staff" and now it's on to the recruiting she calls "the bloodline of any program."

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