|Randi Peterson talks with D3hoops.com's Gordon Mann at the 2012 D3hoops.com Classic.|
Coe women's basketball head coach Randi (Peterson) Henderson has resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities, athletic director John Chandler announced.
Henderson has accepted a job as assistant coach at Division I UNC-Charlotte. Henderson will be reunited with former Iowa teammate Cara Consuegra, who is entering her fifth year as head coach.
"Coe College and the community here have been a blessing to Duez and my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the growth of the women's basketball program. I will miss this place very much, but feel the opportunity I am pursuing at North Carolina-Charlotte is a great next step for us," Henderson said.
A two-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year (2010 & 2011), Henderson led the Kohawks to two Iowa Conference women's basketball titles. The Kohawks also won the Iowa Conference tournament titles in 2011 and 2012, advancing to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both years. Coe's 2010-11 squad set the school record with 26 wins, as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
"We wish Randi well in her new coaching opportunity," Chandler said. "With two Iowa Conference championships and two trips to the NCAA Tournament, Randi elevated our program to one of the best in the Iowa Conference."
Henderson compiled a 155-91 record in nine seasons at Coe. Her 155 wins are the most wins by a basketball coach at Coe, male or female.
"I want to sincerely thank John Chandler for believing in me as a coach and person nine years ago. I also want to thank all the parents and players that have blessed my life and allowed me to impact theirs," Henderson added.
Nate Oakland will take over the team after spending the past four years as an assistant coach at Wartburg. Oakland's day-to-day duties at Wartburg included recruiting, scouting, individual instruction and video editing. The Knights led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 38.8 during the 2011-12 season. During his time at Wartburg, Oakland also served as the head coach for the men's golf team for three years.
Prior to working at Wartburg, Oakland spent two years on Henderson’s staff at Coe. During his two years, the Kohawks shared the Iowa Conference regular season championship in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 team won a school record 26 games, as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Oakland also spent three years as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa and one season as the assistant coach at Minnesota-Morris. Oakland has also worked numerous basketball camps during the summer, including Snow Valley, Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps, Northern Iowa Basketball Camps, Tim Floyd/Larry Eustachy Basketball School, North Dakota State and the Chicago Bulls Basketball Academy.
"We are pleased to welcome Nate back to Coe and have him run our program," Chandler said. "Nate has a wealth of knowledge from his time as an assistant coach at some successful programs. We look forward to Nate carrying on the winning tradition of Coe women's basketball."
The Kohawks return four starters and two All-Iowa Conference players to the 2015-16 squad. Junior to be Mickey Hansche earned D3hoops.com All-West Region honors last year, while sophomore to be Aleena Hobbs was named the D3hoops.com West Region Rookie of the Year.