After another tumultuous season, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team is making a change at the top.
Notre Dame de Namur athletic department and athletic director Josh Doody announced Friday the hiring of Angela Kristensen as the Argos new head women’s basketball coach.
“We are very excited to have Angie come on board.” Doody said via press release. “She is a great coach and her ability to recruit and her familiarity with the conference makes her excellent fit at NDNU. I am looking forward to seeing the progression of our women’s basketball team under her leadership.”
Kristensen comes to NDNU after spending the better part of seven seasons at the helm of fellow Pacific West Conference member Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. She helped oversee the Red Storm’s move into NCAA Division II the same year NDNU made the transition.
Kristensen was extremely successful at Dixie State, leading the team to six straight winning seasons and three straight second place conference finishes. She led the Red Storm to a 24-4 record in 2010-11, earning the school’s first ever NCAA Division II tournament berth and a national ranking of No. 10.
In their only meeting last season, Dixie State defeated Notre Dame de Namur 66-59 on Feb. 16.
Prior to Dixie State, Kristensen spent four seasons at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. At St. Mary, she compiled a 71-60 record, earned a trip to the NAIA National Tournament and was named Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003-04.
Additionally, Kristensen spent a season at Northwest Missouri State University as the primary assistant under head coach Gene Steinmeyer.
“I would like to thank Josh and the search committee for all their hard work in this process.” Kristensen said in the same release. “I am extremely excited to stay on the west coast and continue to coach in the PacWest Conference.”
Kristensen takes over a NDNU program that is coming off a 5-21 season in 2012-13 under Mike Rudder. The Argos went 5-9 at home but winless in 11 games on the roard. The Argos did finish strong with back-to-back wins to close out the season and return four of their top five scorers.
Graduated is former Burlingame and College of San Mateo standout Trish Malaspina, who led the team in overall scoring at just over 10 points per game. But Kristensen gets a promising stud baller in Taylor Dewees, who was second overall on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game, but actually led the team in the same category during conference play. She also led the Argos in 3’s made.
Also back is Maya Arellanes who averaged more than seven points per game in conference play and was second on the team in total assists.
Kristensen also gets a player in Jasmine Walters who started in 25 of her 26 games. She led the team in total assists and averaged 5-and-5 per game during the season. Also back is Charnisha Bradley, who saw limited action last season but averaged over five points per game when on the court.
“I am ready to help build this program and NDNU back on the map.” Kristensen said. “It is great to be a part of the Argonaut family.”