Wednesday, June 6, 2012

UIS introduces new women's basketball coach

Chad Oletzke was introduced as the new University of Illinois Springfield women's basketball coach during a reception on Tuesday.

Oletzke comes to UIS with 15 years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant at South Dakota State for the past three years. A native of  Minnesota, Oletzke is glad to be back in the Midwest and happy to take over the Prairie Stars program.

He hopes to make it a program where local talent want to play.

"As local as you can get with recruiting it's better off for a whole lot of different reasons," said Oletzke. "Those kids once they feel that connection with the university they fight even harder because they feel like it's there hometown team."

Oletzke was featured in a June 5, 2012, report by WICS-TV 20.

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