Jessica Ott became Alverno's director of athletics and head basketball coach in July of 2016.
In her first year at the helm, the Inferno basketball team reached the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinal round and tied for the fourth-most wins in program history with a 13-14 record. The 2016-17 squad finished sixth in the NACC with a 12-8 record in league play and upset third-seeded Benedictine University in the NACC Tournament first round.
Ott came to Alverno from the Milwaukee School of Engineering where she was a two-time NACC coach of the year while she served as the assistant director of athletics from 2009-2016, and head basketball coach and senior woman administrator since 2002. Prior to becoming the assistant athletics director, Ott served as the assistant athletics facilities director, assistant sports information director and head softball coach. She brought 16 years of coaching experience and 15 years of administrative experience to the Inferno.
In 14 seasons as head basketball coach at MSOE, Ott compiled 146 wins. She earned her first coach of the year honor in 2009 when she guided the Raiders to the first .500 season in program history with a 13-13 record. The team had 11 more wins than the previous season, which earned the best turnaround of any team in NCAA Division III during that season. She was honored with her second award in 2012 when she led MSOE to the first winning season (17-10) in school history. Her 2015 team went 20-7 while her final MSOE squad went 18-8 and 16-4 in the NACC, just a game back of first place.
Ott, a New Glarus, Wisconsin native, is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she was named Most Valuable Player three times, honored as Female Athlete of the Year in 1999-2000 and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a three-time first team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player for the Pointers, she still holds the UWSP all-time record for most three-point field goals made (223) and is third on the career scoring list with 1,592 points.