|BY THE NUMBERS|
|324 – wins at Miami|
|25 – professional players|
|12 – postseason berths|
|10 – 20-win seasons|
|6 – All-America honorees|
|5 – WNBA draft picks|
|1 – AP National Coach of the Year (2011)|
Katie Meier completed her 17th season at the helm of the Hurricanes’ women’s basketball program in 2021-22. A well-known and respected figure in women’s basketball with 21 years of head coaching experience, Meier has worked tirelessly to put her mark on Miami’s program and to build a winning tradition.
In her 17 seasons leading the Canes, Meier has amassed 10 20-win seasons and coached the team to 12 postseason appearances, including 10 straight from 2009-2019. Meier is the all-time winningest basketball coach – men’s or women’s – at Miami with 324 career victories.
Through the 2021-22 campaign, Meier boasts a career record of 400-256 and holds a 324-210 mark during her time heading up the Miami program.
Honors and Accolades
Meier has been recognized for her coaching success numerous times throughout her career. From being named a co-recipient of the 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award following a 9-0 record and gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, to being inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, Meier’s name has become synonymous with elite basketball.
One of the most prestigious honors bestowed on Meier came at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season when she was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year – sharing the award with Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer. That season, Meier led the Hurricanes into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004 and coached the Canes to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1993.
The Canes entered the 2010-11 season with high internal expectations, but were picked eighth in the Preseason ACC Poll. Miami exceeded all outside expectations posting a perfect 20-0 record inside BankUnited Center and finished conference play with a 12-2 record, earning their first regular season conference title since joining the league in 2004. As a result, Meier was named the ACC Coach of the Year and later would be selected as the WBCA/RUSSELL ATHLETIC Region 2 Coach of the Year, as voted on by her peers.
During the 2011-12 season, Meier coached the Canes to their highest ranking in program history at No. 5. Miami went undefeated at home for the second consecutive season, pushing the home win streak to 40 games.
Six coaches who have been assistants for Meier during her head coaching career have gone on to earn Division I head coaching positions: Octavia Blue (Kennesaw State), Lynn Bria (Stetson), Amanda Butler (Florida and Clemson), Darrick Gibbs (North Florida), Carolyn Kieger (Marquette and Penn State) and Stephanie McCormick (Western Carolina).
All About the Players
Meier has developed Miami into a program committed to its players and said players have flourished over the last 17 years.
Five All-Americans have emerged under Meier’s tutelage: Tamara James (2006), Shenise Johnson (2011, 2012), Riquna Williams (2011, 2012), Adrienne Motley (2016) and Beatrice Mompremier (2019, 2020).
All five of those players were drafted into the WNBA following their time at Miami, most recently being Mompremier who was selected 20th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2020 WNBA Draft. In total, Meier has coached 24 players that have gone on to play professionally, whether that is in the WNBA or overseas.
Under Meier’s direction, 14 players have earned All-ACC Team postseason accolades, including Shenise Johnson who earned ACC Player of the Year (2011). Five Canes have been tabbed to the ACC All-Defensive Team, while five rookies have made an appearance on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Emese Hof (’18), earned the first ACC Most Improved Player for Miami in program history.
Meier’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 12 players have earned a spot on the ACC All-Academic team, with four players earning multi-year bids. Additionally, Miami has placed someone on the ACC Honor Roll in 17 of Meier’s 17 seasons.
A New Era
Hired April 19, 2005, Meier was appointed by then-Miami AD Paul Dee in front of national and local media, fans, alumni and support staff, signifying the beginning of a new era.
Following an unprecedented career as one of the greatest athletes to ever play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Meier quickly established herself in the coaching ranks. Following an impressive four-year tenure as the head coach at Charlotte where she helped bring the 49er program into national prominence, Meier made it clear that her goal was to make Miami one of the premier women’s basketball programs in the country.
Creating a Winning Program
In her first season, Meier wasted little time in making the first steps towards those goals. After receiving little attention in the ACC preseason polls, the Hurricanes posted an impressive overall record of 17-13. Under Meier, Miami earned a berth into the second round of the 2006 Women’s National Invitation Tournament and standout Tamara James produced one of the greatest seasons ever seen by a UM player, becoming Miami’s all-time leading scorer. James was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
Over the next two years, the Hurricanes continued to develop under Meier’s direction. Miami’s Renee Taylor emerged as the ACC’s leading scorer in 2006-07, while Maurita Reid finished the 2007-08 campaign with 110 steals, good for second in the ACC and fifth in the NCAA.
With the No. 21-ranked incoming recruiting class, Meier and the Hurricanes saw significant improvement during the 2008-09 season. The freshman class was highlighted by McDonald’s All-American Shenise Johnson of Henrietta, N.Y., and Riquna Williams from nearby Pahokee, Fla. Under Meier’s guidance, Johnson was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on three occasions and was named to the ACC All-Freshmen team as well as ACC Honorable Mention.
The versatile guard/forward also led the U19 USA team to a gold medal finish in the 2009 World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 2009-10 season was one of the most successful in program history. Under Meier’s vision, the Hurricanes advanced to the WNIT Championship game. Miami posted a 22-14 overall record – the first 20-win campaign since the 2002-03 season and just the eighth all-time in history. In her sophomore season, Johnson was named first team All-ACC, while a healthy Riquna Williams garnered second-team honors. The tandem led Miami to a 5-1 WNIT record – the deepest postseason run in team history, with both earning all-tournament honors along the way.
Following the success of the 2009-10 campaign, Meier signed a contract extension through 2015 and the Hurricanes continued their rise in the ACC. Miami earned a conference regular season title in 2010-11 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven seasons. Johnson was named to four different All-America squads and became the second player in program history to be named the conference player of the year (Frances Savage – BIG EAST – 1992). Williams, along with Johnson, was named First Team All-ACC and was the conference scoring leader, posting 21.7 points per game.
Miami’s dominance continued into the 2011-12 season. The Canes finished second in the conference standings with a record of 14-2 and were 26-6 overall, earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. UM also defeated the eventual conference tournament champion, Maryland, both times they played in the regular season.
Seniors Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams continued to shine in the ACC as the duo were second and third in the league in scoring and each were again named First Team All-ACC.
Johnson was also named to the All-ACC Defensive Team for the third consecutive season and earned a place on five different All-America teams, including the WBCA squad for the second straight year. Williams earned AP All-America third team recognition in her final collegiate campaign as well.
The Hurricanes went to a school record third straight NCAA Tournament in 2012-13, earning a No. 8 seed. Meier’s Hurricanes defeated two top-10 opponents during the season, besting No. 6/7 Penn State and knocking off No. 5/4 Duke on senior day, marking the first win over a team in the top four of either poll in program history and the school’s first win over the Blue Devils, who went 20-1 against ACC opponents that season, including winning the ACC Tournament.
After reaching the WNIT in 2014, Meier guided the Hurricanes back to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and the 11th-seeded Hurricanes defeated No. 6 seed Washington in the first round, before dropping their second round matchup against third-seeded Iowa, the host school.
Earlier in the 2014-15 season, Meier also led the Hurricanes to the program’s first win over a team in the top four of the AP Poll. They defeated No. 4/4 Notre Dame, 78-63, the Fighting Irish’s only loss in their first two years in the ACC. Sophomore guard Adrienne Motley went on to be named a consensus First Team All-ACC pick after averaging 16.9 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Meier also earned her 250th career win during the season.
In 2015-16, Meier led Miami to a 24-9 record to tie for the fifth-most wins in a season in program history. Miami received a No. 5 seed the NCAA Tournament and made its fifth appearance in the field in the past six years. The 2015-16 campaign also saw the Hurricanes beat both Duke and North Carolina in the same year for the first time. The victory at North Carolina was good for the 200th of Meier’s tenure at Miami. Adrienne Motley was also tabbed as a consensus First Team All-ACC honoree for the second straight year, in addition to garnering WBCA All-America Team Honorable Mention recognition.
In 2016-17, Meier guided the Hurricanes to a second straight 24-9 record. In the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, Miami again defeated a Florida State team ranked in the top 10, downing the No. 8/12 Seminoles, 56-54, to earn back-to-back semifinal appearances for the first time.
The Hurricanes beat four top-25 teams, defeating three ranked teams – two of which were in the top 10 – away from home for the first time in the ACC era. Miami earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, hosting the first two rounds of play, and reached the second round for the fourth time in seven years.
Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas were both Second Team All-ACC picks in 2016-17, with Motley becoming Miami’s fifth WNBA Draft pick. In addition, Motley, Thomas and Keyona Hayes formed the second Miami teammate trio to all reach 1,000 points and each signed a WNBA contract, the first time three Hurricanes in the same class did so.
Despite losing many talented players to graduation and injuries, Meier led the Hurricanes to a 21-11 finish in 2017-18 and surpassed 250 wins in her tenure with the program. Erykah Davenport, a Second Team All-ACC honoree, and Keyanna Harris became the first Miami seniors to make four straight NCAA Tournaments. Miami had two freshman all-league honorees for the first time since 1992-93 in the BIG EAST, as Mykea Gray and Kelsey Marshall both made the cut.
In 2018-19, Meier guided her team to a 10th consecutive postseason appearance, including an eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last nine years and fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid. Miami also reached 20-plus wins for the ninth time in 10 years and double-digit ACC victories for the seventh time in nine years.
The 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons were some of the more challenging years as a head coach for Meier as she navigated the Hurricanes through the playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami finished both seasons eligible for postseason play, but the 2020 NCAA Tournament and WNIT were both cancelled due to the pandemic.
Meier’s 17th season at Miami was highlighted by numerous achievements and milestones. In the first game of the season, Meier became the all-time winningest basketball coach – men’s or women’s – at Miami, passing Cane legend Ferne Labati (303).
The Hurricanes faced ups and downs throughout the year but got hot in the final weeks of the season, embarking on an 8-2 tear through the ACC. Miami made a run all the way to the ACC Tournament Championship Game, marking the first finals appearance in program history. The Hurricanes defeated a pair of top-25 teams in No. 4 Louisville and No. 20 Notre Dame en route to the finals.
Miami returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time under Meier in 2022, besting South Florida in the first round. The win over South Florida also marked Meier’s 400th career win as a head coach.
Establishing Her Legacy as a Player
Meier’s success as a coach is a direct reflection of her playing career as a standout at Duke University. A four-year letter winner 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 among the school’s all-time career leaders in scoring average (16.2 points per game), steals (232), free throws made (447) and free throws attempted (624). She is also listed among Duke’s leaders in career points (1,761), field goals made (653), field goals attempted (1,283), assists (409) and 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 in 1986. Meier injured her knee in 1988 during her junior season and ultimately missed the entire 1988-89 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 ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team. In 2006, she was once again honored by the conference when she was named an ACC Legend at the 2006 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
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 receiving a bachelor’s degree in English literature with cum laude honors in 1989, Meier went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching English from Duke in 1990.
Following her 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 Central High School in 1985 and in October 2009 was inducted into her high school’s athletic hall of fame.