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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 first season in Bloomington, 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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