Jennifer "Grandmama" Gillom (born June 13, 1964) is an American former WNBA basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury from 1997 to 2002, before finishing her playing career with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2003. Gillom is also a former Sparks head coach, also coached the Minnesota Lynx; and was, until 2015, an assistant coach of the Connecticut Sun.
|Born||June 13, 1964|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Lafayette (Oxford, Mississippi)|
|College||Ole Miss (1982–1986)|
|WNBA draft||1997 / Round: Initial allocation|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|Position||Forward - Center|
|2003||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2004–2010||Xavier College Preparatory|
|2008||Minnesota Lynx (assistant)|
|2010–2011||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2012||Washington Mystics (assistant)|
|2013–2015||Connecticut Sun (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Born in Abbeville, Mississippi, Gillom played college basketball at the University of Mississippi and helped the United States Basketball Team to a gold medal in women's basketball in the 1988 Summer Olympics. Gillom signed with the Mercury in 1996 where she was All-WNBA in 1998 and won the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in her final season.
Gillom was the head coach of the Xavier College Preparatory High School basketball team in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. Starting in the 2008 season, Gillom served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx. In June 2009, she was named head coach of the team. She succeeded Don Zierden, who resigned to accept an assistant coaching job under the late Flip Saunders of the Washington Wizards.
Gillom played for the USA World University Games team in Kobe, Japan in 1985. The team brought home a silver medal, after falling to the USSR. The team trailed by 18 points at one time, mounted a comeback attempt but fell short, losing 87–81. Gillom was the second leading scorer for the USA team, with 12.8 points per game. The following year, Gillom played for the USA team at the World Championships, in Moscow. This time, the USA team would meet the USSR in the title game and emerge victorious, winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Gillom averaged 2.8 points per game.
Gillom was named to the team representing the US at the 1987 Pan American Games, held in Indianapolis, Indiana in August. The USA team won all four of their games winning the gold medal for the event. She averaged 9.5 points per game. Gillom continued with the national team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, held in September. The team won all five games which resulted in the gold medal. Gillom averaged 2.8 points per game.
Gillom was named assistant coach of the USA National team in preparation for competition in the 2010 World Championships and 2012 Olympics. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win their first game against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia—the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead, but the Australian team cut the lead back to single digits late in the game. The USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won their next two games by over thirty points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer, and went on to win the championship and gold medal.
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- "Games of the XXIVth Olympiad -- 1988". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "Thirteenth World University Games -- 1985". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "TENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1986". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- "Tenth Pan American Games -- 1987". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- "SIXTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2010". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Doug Bruno, Jennifer Gillom, Marynell Meadors Return To USA Basketball As 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coaches". USA Basketball. Jan 20, 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.