April 20, 2000
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Iowa State assistant Katie Abrahamson has been named the Associate Head Coach for the Michigan State women's basketball team, first-year head coach Joanne McCallie announced today. Abrahamson will begin her duties at Michigan State on Monday, April 24.
Abrahamson spent six highly successful years at Iowa State where she was the recruiting coordinator and helped Bill Fennelly attract several nationally rated recruiting classes. After two rebuilding years, the Cyclone program took off and in the last four seasons has a record of 94-34 with three straight 20-win campaigns. In 1999-00, ISU was 27-6 overall, won the regular season Big 12 title (tri-champion), won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to Penn State, 66-65. Overall, the Cyclones made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1998-99.
A native of Cedar Radips, Iowa, Abrahamson was an assistant coach at Maine during McCallie's first two seasons with the Black Bears. As the co-recruiting coordinator, she helped lay the groundwork for the seven-straight 20-win seasons Maine would achieve. In 1993-94, her final season in Orono, the Black Bears posted a 20-7 mark and won the regular season conference title. Prior to joining McCallie's staff at Maine, Abrahamson spent two years as an assistant at Duquesne.
Abrahamson played her collegiate basketball at Georgia for two years before transferring to Iowa where she closed out her career playing for Vivian Stringer. While at Iowa, Abrahamson was a member of two Big Ten title teams and in 1988-89 the Hawkeyes posted a 27-5 mark and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. She also collected a conference championship during her stay in Athens, Ga., when the Bulldogs won the SEC title in her freshman season (1985-86).
In 1991, Abrahamson played professionally in Dunedin, New Zealand, guiding her team to the national finals. While in New Zealand, she directed a boys' and girls' camp and coached a high school girls' team.
Abrahamson earned her bachelor's degree in physical education/sports administration from Iowa in 1990 and her master's degree in education from Duquesne in 1992.