SAN ANTONIO — Head women’s basketball coach Luby Lichonczak announced Wednesday that he has hired Kristen Holt as his associate head coach. Her appointment is effective immediately.
“Anytime you can get someone with this much coaching experience on your staff it really helps because she’s been in these situations and can anticipate the needs and wants of our program,” Lichonczak said. “Kristen is someone I’ve known for a long time, beginning with our days together at Radford. She has such a pleasant personality and is very welcoming and inviting. She displays great integrity and faith and will be a great role model for our student-athletes.”
Holt most recently was the head coach at Colorado State from 2008-2012 where her Rams teams consistently moved up the Mountain West Conference (MWC) standings, including a 9-5 record and third-place finish in 2011-12. The 9-5 mark was the highest MWC finish for CSU since 2003-04. Holt took over the head coaching role following the 2007-08 season on an interim basis before having the interim tag removed following the 2008-09 season. Kim Mestdagh (first team), Sam Marting (second team) and Meghan Heimstra (Sixth Woman of the Year) each earned All-MWC recognition during Holt’s final season in Fort Collins. In addition to her coaching duties, she organized Colorado State’s High Hoops Club, a 90-member women’s basketball booster club.
Prior to being promoted to the interim head coach position, Holt spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams.
Holt came to Fort Collins from Wichita State, where she served on Jane Albright’s staff from 2003-07. Holt assisted in all aspects of recruiting, scouting, film breakdown and the planning of summer basketball camps for the Shockers. Holt also coordinated the Shockers High Hoops Club and the Jane’s Gems Kids Club.
Before her time in Wichita, Holt served on Lichonczak’s coaching staff at Radford from 1995-2001 as an assistant coach. She was promoted to interim head coach during the 2001-02 season and earned 2002 Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors. As an assistant, Holt was responsible for recruiting, team travel, film exchange and the organization of summer camps. In addition, she organized the team’s involvement with the community and local youth. In her first two seasons as an assistant, Radford won the Big South Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Highlanders also placed second in the nation for team GPA in 2000-01.
Holt began her coaching career at Xavier in 1993-94 and helped guide the Musketeers to a Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship.
Holt entered the coaching ranks following a distinguished playing career at Ohio, where she was a four-year letterwinner, two-year captain and part of the 1988 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team.
As a senior at Bath High School in Lima, Ohio, Holt was named first-team All-Ohio and the Class AA State Tournament MVP in 1987 after leading the Wildcats to the state title. Holt also was a 1987 AAU All-American.
She graduated from Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1992 and completed her master’s degree in athletic administration a year later.