Jina DeRubbo will spend her 10th season on the Washington & Jefferson College bench as head women's basketball coach in 2013-14. DeRubbo also serves as the college's Senior Women's Administrator and the Title IX Coordinator.
W&J has won over 69 percent of its games (175-78) since DeRubbo took over as head coach. On Feb. 6, 2013, she won her 300th game as a collegiate head coach (16 overall seasons) after the Presidents defeated Grove City 69-50. DeRubbo's overall career record (306-135, .693) ranks 41st among active NCAA Division III coaches.
DeRubbo has been to the postseason seven times at W&J: four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) and three ECAC Tournament showings (2007, 2008, 2013). The 2008 team won the ECAC Division III Southern title.
In 16 years as a collegiate head coach (9 seasons at W&J; 7 at Bethany), DeRubbo's squads have competed in the postseason 12 times (8 - NCAA, 4 - ECAC). She has also led teams to six Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships.
Last year, she guided W&J to a 21-9 overall record and a runner-up finish in the PAC. The Presidents also earned a spot in the ECAC Division III Southern Tournament and topped Penn State-Behrend 62-59 in the first round at the Henry Memorial Center.
The 2009-10 Presidents established the school record for victories (24-5) and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Presidents' 2009 senior class, recruited by DeRubbo, graduated with the most victories in school history with 89.
In 2008, W&J won the ECAC Division III Southern Tournament Championship for just the second time in school history. W&J opened the ECAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and defeated Moravian, 86-76, at home in the opening round. The Presidents knocked off top-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy, 64-56, in the semifinals and then completed the championship run with a 78-70 victory over Lebanon Valley in the title game. That same year (on December 8, 2007), DeRubbo won her 200th career game after W&J defeated Grove City by a 76-60 margin.
During the 2006-2007 season, DeRubbo guided a young Presidents' squad to a 20-9 overall record. W&J received a postseason home game in the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the ECAC Semifinals.
The 2005-2006 Presidents swept the Presidents' Athletic Conference regular-season championship and the tournament title. DeRubbo was honored as the PAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career.
DeRubbo helped Leigh Sulkowski (2002-06) develop into one of the nation's best players. Sulkowski was the PAC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American both of her years under DeRubbo. DeRubbo has coached six All-Americans throughout her career and eight PAC Players of the Year.
DeRubbo came to W&J from Bethany College (W.Va.) where she turned the Bison program into a perennial national contender. Bethany made four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in five seasons and also qualified for the ECAC South Region Tournament in 1999.
In her seven seasons with the Bison, DeRubbo became the all-time leader in victories at the College with an overall record of 131-57. Bethany claimed five Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships and DeRubbo earned PAC Coach of the Year honors four times.
DeRubbo helped to develop four players who earned All-America and All-Region laurels. In addition, five of her players went on to be named the PAC Player of the Year.
Prior to her experience at Bethany, DeRubbo served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Marietta College for two seasons. Her responsibilities included scouting and player development as well as overseeing the strength and conditioning program.
DeRubbo also was the assistant coach at her alma mater, Division II Concord College, from 1992-1994. DeRubbo finished her playing career at Concord College as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,050 points. She was also a four-time All-WVIAC selection and second in the school record books for career assists. In 2002, DeRubbo was inducted into the Concord College Hall of Fame.
DeRubbo has been a member of the NCAA Division III Regional Ranking and the WBCA Conference Captains' committees. DeRubbo and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of one daughter, Riley, and two sons, Dante and Dominick.