Senior Woman Administrator
B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.S.A., Central Michigan University
In recent seasons, the Methodist University women's basketball program has reached new heights, and a majority of that success is a credit to head coach DeeDee Jarman. The native of Kinston, N.C., enters her 18th season at the helm of the women's basketball team, and her 20th season overall at Methodist. Jarman is also in her 14th year as the Senior Woman Administrator for the Methodist athletic department. In July of 2004, she added Associate Athletic Director to her duties and in 2013 was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director
In her 18 seasons as head coach, Jarman has amassed a 269-187 (.560) record, making her the winningest head coach in the history of women's basketball at Methodist. She ranks first all-time in victories at Methodist, and her winning percentage of .560 ranks second amongst any Monarch head coach.
Jarman, who garnered the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1999-00, has led her squads to at least a share of three consecutive DIAC regular-season championships, two DIAC Tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament twice. Additionally, Jarman directed the Monarchs to a 24-home game winning streak, a streak that spanned three seasons and broke the school record for most consecutive home wins.
The 2001-02 season saw the Monarchs earn the school's first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance as they earned the DIAC's automatic bid by winning the DIAC Tournament as the third-seeded team. The 2002-03 team overcame a rough start to win their last seven games in the regular season, and then repeat as DIAC Tournament champions as the fifth-seeded team to gain another NCAA Division III National Tournament bid.
In the 2004-05 season with her youngest team yet in her tenure, Jarman led a squad that included nine freshmen to the championship game of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament. That team, which was seeded seventh entering the tournament, upset higher-seeded teams Christopher Newport and Ferrum before falling in a valiant effort to Greensboro in the title game.
Methodist's best season during Jarman's tenure was an impressive 21-5 in the 1999-2000 season. Under her watch, 41 players have received their degrees from Methodist, 23 players have garnered All-Conference honors and two have won DIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player awards.
Prior to the 1997-98 campaign, Jarman spent two years as the assistant coach to 11-year Methodist mentor, and current USA South Athletic Conference Conference Commissioner, Rita Wiggs. Prior to coming to Methodist, Jarman served as the head women's basketball coach at New Bern High School from 1993-95. During that time, her squads registered a 32-16 record (.667).
Jarman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education from UNC-Wilmington in 1989, as well as an associate's degree from Mount Olive College, where she played basketball and softball for two years. In the spring of 2003, she earned her Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University.
Jarman and her husband, Errol, welcomed a daughter, Dawson Michele, to the family on June 2, 2004.