June 13, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller announced the hiring of Liz Honegger on Monday as Director of Basketball Operations. Honegger, who played for Miller at Bowling Green State University, is a native of the Hoosier state and a former Indiana high school all-star.
Honegger arrives in Bloomington after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia University of Technology. Prior to that, she worked at the high school level as a girl's varsity basketball coach and just wrapped up her seventh year volunteering with the high school senior Indiana All-Star team with their preparation for the annual series against the Kentucky All Stars.
"I am excited to bring Liz back to the state of Indiana and join our staff," Miller said. "Liz had a Hall of Fame caliber career at BGSU and helped us win multiple conference regular season and tournament titles. She helped bring national recognition to our program and anchored our team on an historic run to the Sweet Sixteen during her senior season. Liz has a great basketball IQ and understands the culture we would like to establish with the Hoosiers. She will be a great resource and mentor for the young players within the program. She has great passion for Indiana basketball and continues to volunteer her time with the Indiana All Stars, earning her respect from the coaches throughout the state."
Honegger finished her playing career at BGSU as one of the most decorated players in program history. During her four years, the Falcons went 103-25 (.805), won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season title and conference tournament championship three times, while playing in the MAC tournament title game in each of her four years. During her senior season in 2006-07, Honegger led BGSU to a 31-4 record, including NCAA Tournament victories over Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt to account for the first Sweet Sixteen appearance ever by a MAC women's team.
"I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to work under Coach Miller at Indiana," Honegger said. "I learned so much from him as a player and now look forward to continue learning and working alongside him from a professional standpoint. I am also glad to be heading back to my home state to play a role in the building of a championship program at IU."
The Lafayette, Ind., native started 127 of 128 games for Miller, starting in every contest of her career except the first one. Honegger finished her college career as the school's record holder in 3-point field goals made (216) and blocked shots (188). She is the only player in NCAA Divison I women's basketball history to hold both of those school career records at the same time.
She finished her collegiate career ranked fifth all-time at Bowling Green in scoring (1,522 points), fourth in rebounding (903), sixth in career steals (202) and tied for sixth in field goals made (556). Honegger was twice named second team All-MAC, was a two-time MAC All-Tournament Team selection and also earned Academic All-MAC distinction. Away from the court, Honegger was also member of BGSU's track and field team, where she was a conference champion in the discus in 2004.
Prior to her stop at Bowling Green, Honegger was a four-year letterwinner at Lafayette Jefferson High School, where she was an all-state first team selection by both the Associated Press and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sport Association. She earned an Indiana All Star nod after leading the Bronchos to a 17-5 record as a senior while averaging a double-double with 24.4 points and 12. 8 rebounds.