Great Danes take new women’s coach off Indiana bench

Call her “Coach Abe.” That’s the way she wants it, and new University at Albany head women’s basketb

Call her “Coach Abe.”

That’s the way she wants it, and new University at Albany head women’s basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson usually gets what she wants.

The high-energy, extremely self-confident former associate head coach at Indiana University was announced as the Great Danes’ 10th women’s coach, and just the third at the Division I level, Monday at the SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame Room.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have this opportunity and to be a part of the UAlbany family,” said Abrahamson-Henderson, who led Missouri State to two Missouri Valley Conference tournament championships, two MVC regular-season titles and three NCAA berths, as well as a 95-61 record in five seasons. She also was an assistant coach at Washington in the Pacific-10 Conference, was the associate head coach at Michigan State and also served as an assistant coach at Iowa State, Duquesne University and the University of Maine.

She played two years at Georgia for Andy Landers before transferring to Iowa to complete her NCAA career for Basketball Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer.

Abrahamson-Henderson was chosen from among 148 cand­idates. Assistant athletic director Cara White, also a former UAlbany player, led the search committee. “I couldn’t be happier with the choice,” she said. “She brings the whole package. She is a great fit for our program.”

“I want to run, run, run, and to go, go, go,” she said of her coaching strategy. “I want four out and one in, and I want to spread the floor. I know this will be a big challenge for our players, but it will be a fun journey.”

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