Assistant Director of Athletics Academic Advising
Jill Hollembeak, Ed.D. begins her ninth season in DePaul's Athletic Academic Advising Office as an assistant director. Hollembeak, a former world-class, Hall of Fame gymnast, brings knowledge of the student-athlete life and academic success to Blue Demon students.
Hollembeak works directly with the DePaul women's basketball program, and helped the Blue Demons to a program-best 3.604 GPA in 2011-12. DePaul's 2011-12 GPA was up from 3.582 a year ago, while both the team's 2011-12 and 2010-11 cumulative GPA ranked No. 3 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Team Academic Poll.
The Blue Demons cracked the poll's top 10 in 2009- 10 with their 3.455 GPA which at the time set a new academic standard. The Blue Demons ranked No. 11 in 2009-10 as well as in 2005-06 season - Hollembeak's first year with the program. In 2008, the team's GPA was the 26th best in the country while the 2007 team was ranked No. 25.
Hollembeak joined Blue Demon staff in 2005-06. Since then, nearly 100 women's basketball student-athletes have been named to the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team, while nine student-athletes have earned I-AAA Scholar- Athlete recognition.
Allie Quigley (2004-08) earned ESPN the Magazine All-District honors three times, while Quigley and Jenna Rubino were honored as the BIG EAST Conference/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Felicia Chester joined Quigley as an ESPN the Magazine All-District selection in 2009-10. Chester along with Sam Quigley earned All-District honors in 2010-11.
In August of 2011, Hollembeack was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame after winning six world tumbling championships. Her USA Gymnastics induction followed her 2010 induction as a "World Acrobatic Legend" by the World Acrobatic Society.
Hollembeak made her first impact on the gymnastics world by capturing the 1982 World Tumbling Championship in the Senior Women's Division at the age of 14 in Bozeman, Mont. Hollembeak went on to win subsequent world titles in 1984 in Osaka, Japan and 1986 in Paris, along with 11 national titles in power tumbling and platform tumbling.
A two-time Academic All-American and an NCAA qualifier in gymnastics at Illinois State, Hollembeak graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Recreation. She later earned a 4.0 GPA and completed a Masters in Sports Psychology from Illinois State in 2003.
Hollembeak is currently pursuing her EdD in Education at DePaul.