Julie Pagel, a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State from 2001-04, comes back to her alma mater as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending three seasons at Detroit. Pagel served as the Titans' graduate assistant in 2004-05 and was promoted to assistant coach in the summer of 2005. While at Detroit, she worked with all aspects of the Titan program, including recruiting, travel plans and on-floor coaching.
A 2004 graduate of MSU, Pagel concluded her four-year Spartan career as one of only three players in school history to rank in the top 20 in career points and top 10 in career rebounds and steals. Pagel sits 25th in the MSU annals with 952 career points and is seventh all-time in free throws made with 282. She is also seventh in games played (120), ninth in steals (185) and 10th in rebounds (667).
As a freshman in 2000-01, Pagel led the Spartans in rebounds, collecting 219 for a 7.9 per-game average. She also led the team in steals with 54. In the freshman record book, Pagel is third in free throws (78), fifth in points (313) and steals (54), sixth in rebounds (219), eighth in field goals (116) and ninth in field-goal percentage (.487).
Prior to her time in East Lansing, Pagel starred at Utica High School, where she earned first-team all-state accolades en route to claiming a Class A State Championship in 1999.