Press Release



April 1, 2009

Community members meet new Cowley coaches during open house


Numerous members of the community and employees of Cowley College had an opportunity to meet the college’s new men’s basketball coaches and head volleyball coach during an open house held Thursday in the Hall of Fame Room located inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.

Lady Tiger volleyball coach Jenifer Bahner was on hand as were Tiger head basketball coach Tommy DeSalme and assistant basketball coach Donnie Jackson. Fellow assistant basketball coach Josh Berry was unable to attend the event as he was out recruiting.

Bahner spent the past two seasons as assistant coach at Pittsburg State University, where she helped lead the Lady Gorillas to their two best seasons in school-history.
Along with coaching at Pittsburg State, Bahner coached the Kansas City Power volleyball club team for the past seven years. During the 2007 club season, she coached the team to a fifth place finish at the Junior National Olympics.

DeSalme spent the previous two seasons at Independence Community College, where he led the Pirates to a record of 45-19 overall and 29-7 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
During DeSalme's first season coaching the Pirates, he led them to a 26-6 overall record, a No. 16 national ranking, a second place conference finish, and a 21-game winning streak. The 21-game winning streak is the longest in Independence history. 
Prior to coaching at Independence, DeSalme had successful coaching stints at Kansas Wesleyan University, Sterling College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. DeSalme's current overall coaching record stands at 158-90.

Berry played under DeSalme at Sterling College and helped lead the school to its first ever national tournament appearance and a KCAC conference tournament championship. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for DeSalme at Independence Community College, while also serving as an assistant women’s basketball coach during the 2008-09 season.

Jackson, who was a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and a Unanimous First Team All-KCAC performer for DeSalme at Sterling College, has spent the past seven seasons as DeSalme’s assistant coach.