KJ Krasco | Head Coach
Krasco begins her fourth season after taking over the women’s basketball program in the summer of 2014. She came to Middlebury from NESCAC foe Bowdoin, where she served as the top assistant coach for the previous three seasons.
In her first three seasons on the Middlebury bench, Krasco has tallied a 40-35 record, increasing the team's win total each year (11-14, 12-13, 17-8). Prior to her arrival as the Panthers' leader, she served as the top recruiter for three years at Bowdoin for a program that made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won over 20 games on two occasions. She was also part of the 2011-12 Maine State Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff of the Year. Among her duties were recruiting, practice planning, scouting reports and video breakdown.
Krasco’s coaching career began at St. Lawrence in 2005, where she spent two seasons with the Saints. She was part of the 2007 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year, as the team enjoyed a record-setting 20-win season.
Krasco’s next stop came in 2007, when she took over the reins of the Clarkson program as head coach. In her three seasons, she raised the level of play on the court and also directed the summer basketball camp. She also served as the compliance coordinator for the Golden Knights.
Prior to her three seasons with the Polar Bears, Krasco enjoyed a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Division II Merrimack in 2010-11.
As a player at Colby-Sawyer, Krasco was a first-team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference player and 1,000-point scorer for the Chargers from 2002-2005. She was named the New Hampshire Division III Player of the Year in 2004-05, as Colby-Sawyer won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament. She was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2014.
The Medford, Massachusetts, native is a member of the Medford High School Hall of Fame.
Jessica Turner | Assistant Coach
Turner enters her fifth season as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball program. Her primary responsibilities with the Panthers include recruiting, guard development, practice preparation, film breakdown, scouting and travel management. Turner has also been instrumental in the planning and organizing of the Middlebury Women’s Basketball Prospect Camp the past three summers.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Turner is also an administrator for Middlebury’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her responsibilities include assisting with the supervision of SAAC meetings, events and initiatives that enhance the student athlete experience.
Prior to Middlebury, Turner worked at nearby at Green Mountain College as an assistant coach for three winters. She also coached for the Spartan AAU Program in Castleton, Vermont in 2012 and 2013.
A 2009 graduate of Castleton University, Turner (Jessica Banks) was a four-year standout for the Spartan basketball team. She was a three-time North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Conference selection, earning first-team honors her final two seasons. A two-time team Most Valuable Player, Turner is among the program's top-five lists in both scoring (1,120) and assists (426) over her career at Castleton.
During her four years as a Spartan, she appeared in 111 games, starting 110 and averaging nearly 33 minutes per contest. In her final season, Turner averaged a career-high 12.1 points per game, leading the Spartans to a NAC Championship and the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.