The Rams defeated Mountain West Conference and in-state rival Air Force, 70-49, at Moby Arena on Feb. 26.
Head Coach Kristen Holt begins herfourth year at the reins of the Rams. Holt, who became the 11th head coach in the history of the Rams women's basketball program, has been hard at work guiding CSU as it transitions back to a program of excellence in the Mountain West and nationally.
Last season, Holt continued to build a program of excellence in herthird season with the Rams, finishing fourth in the league. It was the team's highestfinish since 2003-04 and an improvement of four spots in the standings from the previous season. Marquee wins included two regular-season sweeps over conference foes Air Force and San Diego State. CSU finished with a home record of 10-5 last season, its best home record since 2004-05,with two victorieswith over 80 pointsduring non-conference play.
While Holt, 42, is a 16-year coaching veteran at the NCAA Division I level, she has brought a unique perspective to the Rams evolution. She believes in the importance of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. The team has a strong presence in the community with its involvement with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. In 2010, the team helped on its first LEED Certified home, and also implemented HabitatPro, a comprehensive LEED project experience program designed to help Northern Colorado professionals gain experience on the Habitat LEED registered construction site.
Following the 2000-01 season, her sixth season as an assistant coach at Radford University in Radford, Va., Holt was named interim head women's basketball coach of the Highlanders' program. Taking over the reins of a team selected in the preseason to finish last in the Big South, Holt guided Radford to an overall 11-16 mark, the school's best mark in four years. More impressive, however, was the Highlanders' third-place finish (8-6) in Big South Conference play, a performance that earned Holt recognition as the Big South Coach of the Year. While at Radford, her team won the 1996 Big South Conference tournament championship and participated in the 1996 NCAA tournament, before losing to eventual champion Tennessee in Knoxville. Holt also played an integral role in the development of three all-Big South Conference guards at Radford - Lorrie Mitchell, a first-team performer in 1998 and 1999, Catrice Horton, a first-team performer in 2000 and 2001, and Kim Hairston, a second-team honoree in 1997.
Prior to her time at Radford, Holt spent one season as an assistant coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she helped to guide the Musketeers to a Midwestern Collegiate Conference championship before moving on to Radford the following season.
Upon graduation from Ohio University, Holt served a stint with the Cincinnati Reds from 1993-94, helping the major-league club with group ticket sales and pregame events, before pursuing a full-time career as a coach.
Holt originally joined the Rams staff in 2007 as an assistant coach after four seasons at Wichita State University. While at Wichita State, she played a vital role in the development of the Shocker guards. She also was an asset off the court helping to coordinate "Jane's Gems" Kids Club and the women's basketball booster club, High Hoops.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Holt graduated in 1993 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with both a master's degree (`93) and bachelor's degree (`92) in physical education. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Bobcats, and was named to the 1988 Mid-American Conference all-freshman team. She also served as OU's team captain from 1990-92.
She starred as a three-sport athlete at Lima (Ohio) Bath High School, and as a senior was named first-team all-state in both basketball and softball. During her time on the court for Lima Bath, Holt led the team to its first state championship and she was named MVP of the state tournament, pouring in 29 points in the championship game.