Jenna Eckleberry, one of the most prolific passing point guards in Fairmont State history, enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for the Falcons. Eckleberry provides assistance in all areas of the women's basketball program from recruiting and scouting to personnel management on game days. Eckleberry has been on the bench for a trio of WVIAC Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Fairmont State has had a winning season in each of her six years coaching with the program.
Last season, Eckleberry helped lead the Falcons to their third WVIAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid since 2008. She also assisted in the development of a pair of first team All-WVIAC honorees in Kaitlin Snyder and Hailey Garrett. Snyder was also named first team All-Atlantic Region and Academic All-American as a senior after becoming the all-time leading scorer in the school's history.
During the 2011-12 season, Eckleberry helped Fairmont State to yet another winning campaign while also helping mentor Snyder, the team’s then-junior point guard to one of the most decorated seasons by any player in school history. Snyder was the WVIAC Player of the Year and the Atlantic Region Player of the Year after being among the conference and national leaders in scoring and establishing a career-high assists. She also helped Snyder to first team All-WVIAC honors and second team all-region honors two seasons ago.
In her first year as an assistant (2007-08), the Falcons won 25 games and captured the WVIAC Tournament Championship for the first time in 24 years.
Eckleberry, a native of Chester, W.Va., lettered three seasons at Fairmont State after transferring from Robert Morris. During her first season at FSU (2004-05) the Falcons won their first regular-season WVIAC Championship in 33 years and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history.
As a full-time starter in 2005-06, she was eighth in Division II with 6.2 assists per game and her 180 assists were the fifth-most in school history. As a senior, she was an All-WVIAC honorable mention selection and was seventh in the country in assists per game (6.7). She led the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.81) and also set the school single-game assist record, dishing out 17 against West Chester on Nov. 18, 2006. Her 411 career assists are the sixth-best in school history. In the spring of 2007, she was awarded the Colebank Award as the school’s top senior female athlete.