Head coach Dawn Plitzuweit has announced the addition of Jason Jeschke, Aaron Horn and Ariel Braker to the Minnesota women’s basketball coaching staff. Jeschke will serve as the Associate Head Coach while Horn and Braker will be Assistant Coaches under Plitzuweit.
“I am incredibly excited and thankful to have the opportunity to continue working alongside Jason, Aaron and Ariel,” Plitzuweit said. “We have great synergy and connectivity as a staff, and we have continued to learn and grow together over the years. I know that our players, staff, recruits and fans will be fired up when they have a chance to meet all three of our coaches as well.”
Jeschke (JESS-key), a native of Dallas, Texas, comes to Minneapolis after one season at West Virginia in the same role. He helped the Mountaineers to a 2023 NCAA Tournament appearance and coached an All-Big 12 First Team selection, a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection and an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection in 2022-23.
Prior to his time in Morgantown Jeschke spent five seasons under Plitzuweit at South Dakota. From 2017-22, he assisted the program to a 135-27 overall record, including a 73-5 mark in the Summit League. Additionally, Jeschke helped guide USD to three regular-season championships, three conference tournament championships and four NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2022. Jeschke began his time at USD as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 campaign, before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2018-19 season. Jeschke also recruited and coached 19 Summit League All-Conference selections in his five seasons at South Dakota, including two Players of the Year, five consecutive Defensive Players of the Year, two Newcomers of the Year and four Sixth Woman of the Year recipients. Jeschke graduated from Southwestern College (Kan.) with a bachelor’s in sport management in 2009.
“My family and I are excited and incredibly thankful for the opportunity to join Coach Plitzuweit in Minneapolis,” Jeschke said. “The University of Minnesota is a special place with a rich history of academic excellence, athletic success and competes in the best conference in the nation in the Big Ten. Having worked with Dawn for the past six seasons, I know her to be a great leader and developer of young women both on and off the court. I am absolutely pumped to work alongside her and the rest of our staff.”