Julie Pagel Dombroski
"I am humbled and honored to return to my alma mater. This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to once again representing the Spartan women's basketball program and Spartan athletics," Dombroski said. "There is no better time than now to be a Spartan. I extend the greatest of gratitude to the Michigan State administration, Coach Merchant and the rest of the Spartan family for providing me the opportunity to once again be a part of the program's bright future."
Prior to Oakland, she was the Director of Basketball Operations at her alma mater for seven seasons from 2007-2014. During her first stint at MSU, Dombroski handled numerous duties, including being the liaison to the Fast Break Club, handling team travel and assisting in fundraising efforts, including donor events. She helped lead the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season titles in 2011 and 2014.
She served as the Titans' graduate assistant in 2004-05, was promoted to assistant coach in the summer of 2005, and was promoted again in 2006 to serve as the recruiting coordinator. 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, Dombroski 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. She sits 26th in the MSU record book with 952 career points and is seventh all-time in free throws made with 282. Dombroski is also seventh in games played (120), 10th in rebounds (667) and 11th in steals (185).
As a freshman in 2000-01, Dombroski 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 fourth in free throws (78), sixth in points (313), rebounds (219) and steals (54), ninth in field goals (116) and ninth in field goal percentage (.487).
Prior to her time in East Lansing, Dombroski starred at Utica High School, where she earned first-team all-state accolades and was fourth in the voting for Miss Basketball, en route to a 27-0 season, claiming a Class A State Championship in 1999.
She and her husband Jason have two children, Gibson, 6, and Jackson, 7 months.