Curt Miller Announces Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
May 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller announced today the additions of Chris Day, Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckert to his staff. Day will be Miller's associate head coach, as both Poole and Eckert will serve as assistant coaches.
Day joins the Hoosiers after seven seasons as an assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The Hawks finished the 2011-12 season with 22 wins and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
"I am excited about the addition of Chris Day to our coaching staff. Chris is a rising star in the coaching ranks and was in high demand this offseason," Miller said. "We feel very lucky to have added Chris to our IU family. Chris has built a great reputation throughout the Atlantic 10 Conference and the entire east coast. His energy is contagious and I look forward to watching Kevin and Chris develop our guard play through the years."
Poole arrives in Bloomington after spending the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, working alongside Miller for his entire tenure at BGSU. Eckert joined Miller's Bowling Green staff a year later and spent the last 10 years with the Falcons program as an assistant.
"Brandi and Kevin are outstanding assistant coaches. They were a huge part of our championship program at Bowling Green," Miller said. "I am extremely fortunate that they chose to join me at Indiana. They are talented recruiters, tireless workers and loyal colleagues. Brandi is one of the most productive assistant coaches while multi-tasking better than any coach I have worked with in my 22 years of collegiate coaching. Kevin is a fantastic recruiter and has helped sign numerous All-Conference and All-America players during my time as a head coach.
"Overall, my assistant coaches have great experience, but maybe more importantly the energy and passion to help build IU women's basketball into a Big Ten contender."
During his tenure at SJU, Day helped guide the Hawks to a 128-94 record in his seven years, including three consecutive postseason appearances (2010, 2011, 2012), while notching 20 or more wins in each of the last two seasons. Day worked directly with the guards and mentored leading scorer Michelle Baker to second team All-Atlantic 10 (A-10) laurels in 2011-12.
In 2010-11, the Hawks won their first postseason game in Day's tenure as his backcourt flourished by leading the A-10 in 3-point field goal defense and ranked third in assist-to-turnover ratio. Point guard Ashley Prim was named the conference's Sixth Player of the Year as guard Michelle Baker earned all-defensive laurels and freshman guard Erin Shields was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
"I am excited, but humbled at the same time about joining the Indiana University women's basketball family," Day said. "I am so grateful to have a tremendous opportunity to work for a great person and coach in Curt Miller. My family and I are very anxious to be a part of the Bloomington community."
Poole and Eckert helped lead the Falcons to at least a Mid-American Conference (MAC) division title in each of the last eight seasons, where BGSU made postseason appearances in each of those years, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Under their 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 their time at Bowling Green, Poole and 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.
"It has been a privilege to work for Coach Miller for the last 11 years at Bowling Green and establish a winning tradition," Poole said. "I am very humbled to have the opportunity to come with him to Indiana University. This state is known for its basketball tradition, so to be able to walk into Assembly Hall every day and work to build a championship program is truly an honor."
"Ten years ago, Coach Miller sold me on his vision as to what we could do to make Bowling Green a mid-major power, and that vision came to fruition," Eckert said. "Now we have that opportunity again to grow this program into a Big Ten power. Indiana is not only one of the premiere academic institutions in the country, but it is a place that is steeped in basketball tradition. It is truly an honor to be a part of this institution, and I look forward to joining Coach Miller in fulfilling the vision he has for Indiana women's basketball."
All three coaches will help in all aspects recruiting and share scouting responsibilities. Day will oversee the defense and he, along with Eckert, will work with guards. Poole will serve as the recruiting coordinator and will coach the post players. Eckert will assist Miller in offensive strategies.
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