Jolie McKeirnan,'98~Red Knight Distinguished Alum

As a freshman Jolie was an important member of the first IWA basketball team in the history of the school to win a state championship. During her sophomore year, Jolie helped the team again reach the final four before falling in the state semifinal’s game. Upon graduating, Jolie was ranked 3rd in school history for most points scored, most rebounds, and most blocked shots. Once she left IWA, Jolie received a scholarship to Arkansas State University. By the time her career was over, Jolie had been voted to the Sun Belt Conference first team for her junior and senior seasons. She had also found her place in ASU history by placing 4th in career rebounds and 12th in career scoring. After college Jolie began an odyssey that had her playing professional basketball in fifteen different countries over the next five years. Jolie spent most of her time in Spain, Austria, Sweden, Finland, and Ireland. 2005 was one of Jolie’s best years since she lead the Ireland league in rebounding and was a finalist for the Ireland player of the year award. After the Ireland season was over, she joined a team in the Austrian league where she led her team to the finals and was voted the MVP of the Austrian Cup. The next year she found herself in Sweden where she led her team to the Sweden league championship. However, through all her travels, Jolie always found herself drawn back to the Emerald Isle. She ended up training with the Irish National team during the summer of 2006 and found herself more and more involved with The Irish Basketball Federation. While Jolie is still playing in the Irish Super league, she is now also involved in coaching young players and promoting the sport of basketball throughout Ireland.