Carolyn Kieger (born August 17, 1983) is the head women's college basketball coach for the Pennsylvania State University Lady Lions basketball team. Formerly, she was the head coach for her alma mater, the Marquette Golden Eagles, from 2014 to 2019.
|Born||August 17, 1983|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2007–2013||Miami (FL) (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|2007–2008||Marquette (dir. of ops.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||2–3 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Big East Co-Coach of the Year (2018)|
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East Conference) (2014–2019)|
|2016–17||Marquette||25–8||13–5||3rd||NCAA Division I First round|
|2017–18||Marquette||24–10||15–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|2018–19||Marquette||27–8||15–3||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|Marquette:||99–64 (.607)||56–34 (.622)|
|Penn State Lady Lions (Big Ten Conference) (2019–present)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- Hunt, Michael (May 1, 2014). "MU hires former star to coach women's basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "Marquette hires Carolyn Kieger". espn.go.com. Associated Press. May 2, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "Carolyn Kieger". gomarquette.com. Retrieved November 1, 2015.