PSU ready to hire Marquette head coach

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The new Penn State women’s basketball coach is coming to town from the Big East Conference.

On Wednesday, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour selected Carolyn Kieger as the sixth head coach of the women’s basketball program. Keiger, a 2019 Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year Award semifinalist, guided Marquette University to the top of the Big East Conference, along with three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as the Golden Eagles’ head coach.

“We are thrilled to have Carolyn Kieger joining the Penn State family as the leader of our women’s basketball program,” Barbour said. “Carolyn has rapidly established herself as one of the nation’s premier head coaches, leading Marquette to two Big East Championships, a Big East Tournament title and three NCAA Tournaments in the past three years. During her tenure as the head coach at Marquette and an assistant at Miami, Fla., Carolyn has demonstrated the ability to recruit and develop outstanding young women on and off the court, including the last two Big East Player of the Year recipients.”

Kieger’s contract is subject to approval by the Committee on Compensation of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee is scheduled to meet later this afternoon. An introductory press conference is planned for Friday at noon at the Jordan Center.

Kieger, a 2006 Marquette graduate, comes to Penn State after five years at the helm of her alma mater, posting a 99-64 overall record. During the past three seasons, Kieger led the Golden Eagles to a 76-26 mark, including a 43-11 mark in the Big East. It includes a pair of Big East regular-season championships and a Big East Tournament Championship. Marquette made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in 20 years, advancing to the round of 32 the past two seasons.

“I would like to thank Marquette University for five more amazing years,” Kieger said. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve my alma mater. My mission when returning to Marquette was to get women’s basketball back on top in the Big East Conference and our players, staff and administration gave everything they had day-in and day-out to do so. After three Big East Conference championships I’m thankful we were able to leave our mark.”

Kieger’s first Marquette team in 2014-15 won nine games. She proceeded to lead the Golden Eagles to 14, 25, 24 and a program-record 27 victories over the next four seasons.

“We are excited about the expertise, passion, compassion, leadership and enthusiasm Carolyn will bring to our program and its students, and to her engagement with recruits, our Lady Lion alumni and fans in returning Penn State to a position of competing for championships, with continued academic achievement and community impact,” Barbour said.

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