Carolyn Kieger

Carolyn Kieger (born August 17, 1983) is the head women's college basketball coach for the Pennsylvania State University Lady Lions basketball team.[1] Formerly, she was the head coach for her alma mater, the Marquette Golden Eagles, from 2014 to 2019.[2][3]

Carolyn Kieger
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamPenn State
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1983-08-17) August 17, 1983
Roseville, Minnesota
Playing career
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007–2013Miami (FL) (assistant)
2019–presentPenn State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2007–2008Marquette (dir. of ops.)
Head coaching record
Tournaments2–3 (NCAA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
Big East Co-Coach of the Year (2018)

Playing career

Kieger was born in Roseville, Minnesota. She attended college at Marquette University, where she was a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles, a three-year captain and is still their all-time assists leader. Kieger is the only player in program history with at least 1,200 career points, 400 career rebounds and 600 assists. Careerwise, she averaged 10.3 points per game and was a second team All-Big East Conference selection for the 2005–06 season, as well as, a second team All-Conference USA selection for the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons. During her senior year, she was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award. In 2006, she graduated cum laude from Marquette with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and electronic communications.[2]

Coaching career

Kieger spent six seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Miami. She primarily focused on developing players in the guard position. In April 2014, Marquette decided to not renew Terri Mitchell's contract after 18 years. The search began for a new head coach. With Kieger's standout player career in Marquette and her having worked as its director of operations from 2007 to 2008, she was hired for the position.[2][3][4]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East Conference) (2014–2019)
2014–15 Marquette 9–224–148th
2015–16 Marquette 14–169–95th
2016–17 Marquette 25–813–53rdNCAA Division I First round
2017–18 Marquette 24–1015–3T–1stNCAA Division I Second Round
2018–19 Marquette 27–815–31stNCAA Division I Second Round
Marquette: 99–64 (.607)56–34 (.622)
Penn State Lady Lions (Big Ten Conference) (2019–present)
Total:99–64 (.607)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. Patrick, Evan (April 3, 2019). "Penn State set to hire Carolyn Kieger as next women's basketball coach". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. Hunt, Michael (May 1, 2014). "MU hires former star to coach women's basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  3. "Marquette hires Carolyn Kieger". Associated Press. May 2, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  4. "Carolyn Kieger". Retrieved November 1, 2015.
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