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Indiana women's basketball assistant coach Kevin Eckert recently spoke with IUHoosiers.com.
Kevin Eckert joined the Indiana women's basketball program prior to the 2012-13 season after serving on Curt Miller's Bowling Green staff for the last 10 years of Miller's tenure an assistant coach.
In his second season in Bloomington, Eckert helped lead Indiana to tying the school record for wins with a 21-13 mark in 2013-14. The Hoosiers made a postseason appearance for the first time in five years and played into the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). IU's three postseason victories in the WNIT over Belmont, Marquette and Northwestern were the most ever in a single year in program history.
The 2013-14 Hoosiers began the year with the best start in school history with a 14-0 mark. That earned Indiana its highest ever national ranking at No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll on Jan. 6, 2014 and it was just the second time that IU had ever been ranked in the AP Poll (last was 1993).
Along with tying the program record for wins, Indiana hit other major milestones in 2013-14. IU finished non-conference play with a perfect 13-0 record, marking the most non-Big Ten regular season wins in program history and just the fourth Hoosier team to finish non-conference play without a loss. Indiana shattered the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single year as IU nailed 259 3-pointers, surpassing the previous record of 204 (1997-98). The 259 makes from beyond the arc ranks as the second highest total in Big Ten history for most 3-pointers made in a single year.
Eckert helped in assembling a top 30 recruiting class heading into 2013-14. That first true recruiting class at Indiana did not disappoint in his second season. The group of six scholarship freshmen scored more points (1,466) than any other freshman class in the Big Ten and ranked in the top five nationally in point production among freshman classes. Indiana's freshmen accounted for 61.9 percent of IU's point production in 2013-14.
Freshman Larryn Brooks to Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors last year. Brooks became the first freshman in Indiana history score over 500 points in a single year. She set IU freshman records for scoring (554 points), 3-pointers made (67), assists (154) and free throws made (129). Her scoring total ranks seventh overall at IU for a single season as she is tied for fourth in 3-point field goals made and ranks third in assists.
In 2012,13 Eckert helped guide Indiana to its most wins in three years, nearly doubling the program's win total from the year prior to the new coaching staff's arrival. In non-conference play, IU compiled a 9-4 record, marking just the third time since 2000 and the first time since 2006-07 that an Indiana team had won nine or more non-Big Ten games in a single season. To give some perspective, only three times in program history has an IU women's basketball team won more than nine games in non-league competition.
In Big Ten play, Eckert helped in doubling Indiana's win total in conference games from the year prior to his arrival, including the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2010 when IU upended No. 21 Purdue.
Prior to arriving at IU, Eckert helped lead Bowling Green to at least a Mid-American Conference (MAC) division title in each of his last eight seasons, where BGSU made postseason appearances in each of those years, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his watch, BGSU collected five MAC Tournament championships, won 21-or-more games in the last nine seasons and compiled 28-or-more victories in a single season four times.
In 2006-07, BGSU had the finest year in MAC women's basketball history, winning 31 games. The Falcons topped Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament to become the first ever MAC women's team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
During his time at Bowling Green, Eckert played a role in developing four players who earned All-America honors in Lauren Prochaska (2010, 2011), Tracy Pontius (2009), Kate Achter (2008) and Ali Mann (2006, 2007). Prochaska was a two-time MAC Player of the Year, while Achter and Mann also earned the conference's top playing honor in their careers.
Eckert came to BGSU after spending four seasons on staff with the University of Buffalo's women's basketball program, where he aided the team to a 61-51 record during his tenure there, including back-to-back seasons of 18-or-more wins. Prior to his stop in Buffalo, Eckert spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the men's basketball staff at Ohio University, which was also where he attended college as an undergraduate.
Eckert earned his bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports science and coaching philosophy in 1996. He earned a master's degree in athletic administration in 1998. While an undergrad at Ohio, Eckert served as varsity assistant and junior high head coach for the boy's basketball teams at Federal Hocking High School, where both teams won the Tri-Valley Conference title while he was there.
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