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Penn Girls Basketball Coach Kristi Ulrich named to "Forty Under 40"

Penn High School’s Girls Basketball Coach Kristi Ulrich

Penn High School’s Girls Basketball Coach Kristi Ulrich was named among this year’s recipients selected to the 2020 Michiana “Forty under 40” class. The announcement by the South Bend Regional Chamber, in collaboration with the Young Professionals Network (YPN) South Bend, was made yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 26).


The Michiana Forty under 40 program recognizes young adults, professionals, executives and leaders, under the age of 40 (on May 15), achieving outstanding professional success while also engaging in his/her community through charitable and civic involvement.


Coach Ulrich is a phenomenal teacher and coach. She has been with Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation for approximately 12 years. She leads her student-athletes with integrity and brings value and success to the Penn High School Athletic program, enriching the lives of hundreds of her students.


Coach Ulrich’s highlights of excellence include:

  • Overall Coaching record 256-32 .889% win percentage in 11 seasons (highest % in the State of Indiana for active Girls Coaches)
  • All-time winningest coach for Penn High School Girls Basketball - 256 wins
  • NIC Record 105-3 in 11 seasons

  • 1 State Championship

  • 3 Semi-State Championships

  • 6 Regional Championships

  • 9 Sectional Championships

  • 9 NIC Championships

  • 23 Different Players Selected to All-Conference Teams (multiple players selected more than one time)

  • 3 Conference MVP’s (1 2x in a row)

  • 4 Indiana All-Stars

  • Produced 22 Collegiate Basketball Players


Off the court, she leads her players in community service projects such as the Penn Girls Basketball Adopt a Family for Christmas. She also runs community basketball camps and fall leagues for K-8 students in the district.


“Coach Ulrich’s leadership and commitment is truly inspiring,” said P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jery Thacker.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's honorees with a Celebration Video, rather than present a luncheon. The video will premiere on June 26 on the, South Bend Regional Chamber, and YPN South Bend websites. The South Bend Tribune will also feature a special Michiana Forty under 40 section in their June 28 issue.