FORT COLLINS, CO – Triple Crown Sports and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament is pleased to announce the hiring of Johnna Pointer as primary director of the Preseason and Postseason WNIT events, which have elevated the competitive experience in women’s Division-I basketball for more than 20 years.
Pointer has a wealth of experience in women’s basketball, having played for legendary coach Jody Conradt at the University of Texas-Austin (earning all-Southwest Conference honors for two seasons) before suiting up professionally in Germany. She was head coach at Frank Phillips College and Wayland Baptist University and worked as an assistant coach at Colorado while also establishing a presence in the club basketball arena in 2004 as founder/owner of HOOP 10 Basketball based in Amarillo, TX.
Pointer and Triple Crown Sports basketball division directors Jared Rudiger and Sarah Molina will be on task together right away for the upcoming Preseason WNIT, which begins Nov. 12 and features four teams. The Preseason WNIT began in 1994, and the Postseason WNIT started in 1998.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Triple Crown Sports team,” Pointer said. “The WNIT has been such an important part of the landscape of women’s basketball, and I’m honored to be in this position. I will work hard to continue the WNIT legacy and look forward to what the future holds.”
“The route going forward for the WNIT is in good hands as we welcome Johnna Pointer into the fold here at Triple Crown,” said TCS chief operating officer Sean Hardy. “The tournaments are part of the fabric of women’s basketball, and we are excited to add Johnna’s insight and enthusiasm into the work we do here that spreads the word on the depth of talent in the game.”
“Johnna is a fantastic hire for the WNIT. Her passion has been women’s basketball her entire life, and she has invested so much of herself into sharing that passion with others,” said Texas Tech head coach Krista Gerlich. “Johnna will reignite the WNIT and help grow our game with her experience, expertise and ambition to give young women more opportunity in collegiate sports. I’m thrilled for Johnna and our profession with this hire!”
“Johnna will do an incredible job as the director of the WNIT,” said Jennie Baranczyk, head coach at Oklahoma. “She has a strong work ethic, loves our game and is a passionate leader. This is a home-run hire for the WNIT and for women’s basketball.”
Fans can track developments in the events and follow all the tournament action at www.womensnit.com and on Twitter, @WomensNIT.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for 40 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s DI Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. Triple Crown’s PV College Challenge features more than 10 of the top DI college softball teams in the country each year in Puerto Vallarta, MX. Anchored by the 1,000-team Colorado 4th of July event, TCS fastpitch tournaments draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes. TCS produces one of the largest youth baseball events in the world with the Omaha SlumpBuster during the College World Series. The Triple Crown Volleyball NIT has become the top-recruited club volleyball event in the country each February when 550 teams compete in Kansas City, MO.