Katie Meier Named Head Women's Basketball Coach

Katie Meier Named Head Women's Basketball Coach

April 19, 2005

Press Conference Quotes

Coral Gables, Fla. (www. hurricanesports.com) – – Athletic Director Paul Dee announced today the hiring of Katie Meier as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Miami. Meier comes to Miami following a four-year stay as the head coach at Charlotte.

“We are extremely excited to have found one of the top coaches in the country in Katie Meier,” said Dee. “With what she has been able to accomplish at Charlotte, along with her background and ties within the Atlantic Coast Conference, Katie not only has the potential to make this program one of the best in the ACC but also one of the top programs in the country.”

Meier, who succeeds former head coach Ferne Labati, becomes just the seventh head women’s basketball coach at UM and inherits a program that returns all but two players from a team that finished the 2004-05 season with an overall record of 13-16 and a 4-10 mark in ACC play.

“I feel that this is the perfect fit for me,” said Meier. “With the strong emphasis on academics, along with the already strong background in athletics, the University of Miami has all the potential to become one of the nation’s elite programs.”

“One of the things that has made a big impression on me is the role that leadership plays here at Miami. From President Shalala down through Mr. Dee, there is a strong feeling of leadership and I believe that is what will make this a success.”

Meier could solely be responsible for bringing the 49er women’s basketball program into national prominence.

During her four-year tenure at Charlotte, Meier led the 49ers to three postseason berths – one NCAA Tournament appearance (2003) and two WNIT appearances (2004, 2005) – and a combined overall record of 76-45 (.628).

Prior to her appointment as head coach at Charlotte in 2001, the 49ers had only one previous postseason appearance – a WNIT berth in 1990.

In her inaugural campaign at Charlotte, Meier led the 49ers to a 16-13 finish to record their first winning season in eight years.

The following season, she guided the 49ers to a 21-9 finish marking the most wins (21) in over a decade at Charlotte. With a 12-2 record in Conference USA play, Meier and the 49ers also earned the school’s first-ever C-USA regular-season championship and earned the school’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

In 2003-04 Meier and the 49ers concluded the season with a 17-14 record while earning a trip to the 2004 WNIT. Along with marking the first time in school history that the 49ers had made back-to-back postseason appearances, Meier also led Charlotte to their first-ever postseason victory with a 78-71 win over Clemson in the first round of WNIT.

Last season, she enjoyed an overall record of 22-9 to tie for the third-most single season wins in Charlotte history and the most wins for the program in a single season since 1990-91. The 49ers also advanced to the postseason for the third-consecutive season and the WNIT for the second-straight year.

Prior to Charlotte, Meier spent seven seasons at Tulane University, serving as an associate head coach from 1999-01 and an assistant coach on the Green Wave staff from 1994-99. As a member of the Tulane coaching staff, Meier helped the Green Wave to an overall record of 164-52 (.759) in seven seasons, including the highest ranking in school history (13th by the Associated Press) in 2000 and a school-record 27 wins the same season

During her time at Tulane, Meier and the Green Wave also saw an impressive seven-year run at the NCAA Tournament.

Meier began her collegiate coaching career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she served as an assistant coach during the 1993-94 season.

Meier’s success as a coach is a direct reflection on her playing career as a stand-out at Duke University. A four-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils under head coach Debbie Leonard from 1986-90, Meier’s name is scattered throughout the Duke record books.

She currently ranks third all-time in scoring average (16.2 points per game), steals (232), free throws made (447) and free throws attempted (624). She also ranks fourth all-time in points (1,761), and fifth all-time in field goals made (653), field goals attempted (1,283) and assists (409) and ninth all-time at Duke in rebounding average (6.1 rebounds per game).

Meier wasted no time making her mark at Duke, earning ACC Rookie of the Year and Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-America honors 1986. Meier injured her knee during her in 1988 during her junior season and ultimately missed the entire 1989 campaign while recovering.

Meier returned to Duke for her senior season in 1990 without missing a beat, earning Kodak/WBCA District 2 All-America and All-ACC First Team accolades while being named the Blue Devils’ most valuable player.

In 2002 Meier was honored by Duke for her efforts as a player when she was named to the inaugural induction class in the Blue Devils’ Hall of Honor. That same year Meier was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary Team.

Meier’s success on the court was only outdone by her accomplishments in the classroom. She was named to the Dean’s List from 1986-88. In 1988 she also earned GTE Academic All-America Second Team honors.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature with cum laude honors in 1989, Meier went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching English from Duke in 1990.

Following her playing career at Duke, Meier moved overseas to play three seasons with BBC Mini-Flat Waregem in Belgium from 1990-93. There, she helped lead her team to three First Division regular season titles and one Belgian Cup Championship.

While in Belgium Meier also spent time teaching classes of conversational English while coaching teams of 15- to 17-year-olds.

A native of Wheaton, Ill., Meier graduated from Wheaton High School in 1985 prior to going to Duke.

Katie Meier
Head Coach
University of Miami

Coaching Experience

2001-05 Head Coach Charlotte
1999-01 Associate Head Coach Tulane University
1994-99 Assistant Coach Tulane University
1993-94 Assistant Coach University of North Carolina at Asheville
1990-93 Coached teams of 15- to 17-year-olds in Belgian National competition

Playing Experience

1986-90 Duke University

Four-year letterwinner at Duke who currently ranks third all-time in scoring average (16.2 ppg), steals (232), free throws made (447) and free throws attempted (624). Ranks fourth all-time in points (1,761) and fifth all-time in field goals made (653), field goals attempted (1,283) and assists (409). Ranks ninth all-time at Duke in rebounding average (6.1 rpg).

Honors and Awards
Duke Hall of Honor Inductee (2002)
Kodak/WBCA District 2 All-American (1990)
First Team All-ACC (1990)
Team MVP (1990)
GTE Academic All-American (1988)
ACC Rookie of the Year (1986)
Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-American (1986)

1990-93 BBC Mini-Flat Waregem (Belgium)

Led BBC Mini-Flat Waregem to three regular season First Division titles and one Belgian Cup championship.

M.A. in Teaching Duke University 1990
B.A. in English Literature Duke University 1989

Born in Weaton, Ill.