CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte 49ers women's basketball coach Cara Consuegra announced the hiring of Karen Lange as assistant coach. Lange, who spent the past season as head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University after six years as an assistant at the University of Kansas, joins Sabrina Gregory on the 49ers' coaching staff.
"I have always had tremendous amount of respect for Karen Lange's ability as a coach and a recruiter," Consuegra said. "Being a head coach last year, Karen brings a unique and valued perspective to our program. She is an incredible teacher of the game of basketball who has a passion for developing players on and off the court. She is a great person who has high expectations for herself and our program. Karen will work extremely hard and be an outstanding role model for our student-athletes and in the Charlotte community."
In her one season at MidAmerica Nazarene, she guided the Pioneers to 12 wins including 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference wins and a spot in the conference tournament. The Pioneers were nationally ranked in several defensive categories last year.
Prior to her stint as head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene, Lange spent six years as the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Kansas from 2004-10. During her time at Kansas, she helped the Jayhawks reach the postseason play four times. At Kansas, she worked primarily with the points guards but she also assisted in monitoring academics and scouting. In 2009 under Lange's tutelage Kansas point guard Ivana Catic led the Big 12 and ranked ninth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. During the 2009-10 season under Lange's tutelage Kansas point guard Angel Goodrich was leading the Big 12 and was third in the nation in assists until her season was prematurely cut short due to an injury.
Before joining the Kansas coaching staff in 2004, she spent seven years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Tech from 1997 to 2004. Virginia Tech made seven postseason tournament appearances including five NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the 1999 NCAA Sweet Sixteen during her seven years with the Hokies. Her court duties included working with the Virginia Tech point guards.
During her coaching career, she has coached four players drafted by the WNBA, 16 all-conference players and three Academic All-Americans.
Prior to her coaching career, she enjoyed a standout playing career at the University of Iowa. She earned All-Big Ten Conference and Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors at Iowa. Lange played an integral role in helping Iowa reach the 1993 NCAA Final Four. She also helped Iowa reach the second round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament and the 1996 Sweet Sixteen. She also helped Iowa capture the 1993 and 1996 Big Ten Championships. As a senior in 1996, she led the Hawkeyes with 139 assists while earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
The Raleigh, North Carolina native graduated from Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 1996. Lange and her husband Cory have two children: a daughter, Ashlyn and son, Ty.
"I am excited to join Cara and to be a part of her staff at Charlotte," Lange said. "Charlotte is a program that has experienced a great deal of success over recent years. I look forward to working with everyone involved to continue the tradition and culture that has been created here."