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Katie Kuester, a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at Saint Joseph's University, joined the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in July 2014.
"We are excited to welcome Katie to Loyola," Logan said at the time of her appointment. "She has an enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring young people in basketball and in life. Her experience as a player at Saint Joseph's, as a coach in the Patriot League at Lehigh University and at the highest level at the University of North Carolina will be a tremendous asset to our program. Her passion for people is evident and contagious as soon as you meet her."
In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Kuester brings a lifetime of involvement in basketball through her family. Her father, John, was the head coach of the NBA's Detroit Pistons from 2009-2011 and was the head coach collegiately at Boston University and George Washington University from 1983-1990. In addition to his head coaching experience, the elder Kuester, who was a standout player for Dean Smith's North Carolina teams in the late 1970s and played three years in the NBA, has 19 years as an NBA and college assistant.
Kuester was recently the video coordinator for the North Carolina women's basketball program, helping the team reach the Elite Eight during the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and finish ranked seventh nationally in 2013-2014.
"Katie did a superior job for us last season in helping the Tar Heels advance to the Elite 8," North Carolina Associate Head Coach Andrew Calder said. "Her work ethic and basketball knowledge are exceptional. Coaching basketball comes natural to Katie with her growing up the daughter of a successful coach at the highest levels of the game. Our staff here at North Carolina wishes her the best of luck and knows that she will do outstanding things at Loyola."
Prior to her stint in Chapel Hill, Kuester served one season as the director of basketball operations at Lehigh University where she helped mentor a Patriot League All-Rookie selection and an All-Academic Team honoree.
"I'm extremely honored and excited to join the women's basketball staff at Loyola," Kuester said. "Joe Logan is an amazing leader and coach who is well respected throughout the basketball community. I'm ecstatic to be back in the Patriot League and look forward to help Loyola continue to climb the ladder in this competitive conference."
A two-year team captain at Saint Joseph's, Kuester helped the Hawks to three WNIT postseason bids and a Big Five Co-Championship in 2009. A guard, Kuester started the last 50 games of her collegiate career - missing part of her senior season due to an injury - and averaged 10.4 points per game as a junior in 2010-2011 and 8.9 during her 2011-2012 senior campaign.
She shot 34.5 percent from 3-point range during her career that spanned 104 games, and Kuester left Saint Joseph's as the Hawks' No. 2 leader in career free-throw percentage (.851).
"This is an outstanding hire for Loyola," said Cindy Griffin, the head coach at Saint Joseph's head coach and former head coach at Loyola. "Katie is a committed coach who brings high basketball IQ, energy and is an excellent teacher on the court. She has an eye for talent and will be an excellent recruiter."
Off the court, Kuester was named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Saint Joseph's Athletic Director's Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in May 2012, before receiving her Master of Education in educational leadership from Lehigh in 2014.
Prior to playing at Saint Joseph's, the Media, Pennsylvania, native was a prep standout at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur where she earned All-America Honorable Mention from The Sporting News.