Former Marquette University women's basketball standout Carolyn Kieger became the program's fifth head coach on May 1, 2014.
"When Carolyn graduated from Marquette we all knew she would be successful at any profession she chose to pursue," former Interim Vice President and Athletic Director Bill Cords said. "Fortunately for all of us, her chosen profession was coaching women's basketball.
"Carolyn is a dynamic person, both on and off the court, who has been able to transition her fierce competitiveness and striving for excellence as a player to a successful coaching career. She has been able to instill those qualities into the players she has coached."
Kieger has spent the past six seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Miami. She was the Director of Operations for the Golden Eagles during the 2007-08 season and spent a year at Miami as the coordinator of basketball operations from 2006-07.
Ginny Boggess joined the Marquette University women's basketball program in May as assistant coach and will begin her first season on staff in 2014-15.
Boggess brings a wealth of experience to the Golden Eagles with over nine years on the sidelines, including her most recent stint at Columbia University where she was responsible for recruitment and had a focus on post player skill progression and development. Boggess also helped monitor student-athletes academic progress and was the strength and conditioning contact.
"I am thrilled to welcome Ginny to our staff," Kieger said. "She has an amazing energy about her that will ignite this program and community. Her ability to recruit and develop players will be essential in helping build a championship program. Her passion for people and the game of basketball is contagious and will be a great asset as we move forward.
"I am confident she will develop great relationships with the players and will get the most out of them every day. I couldn't be more excited that she is joining the Marquette Family and I know her future is very bright."
Former Marquette University men's basketball standout Scott Merritt joins the women's basketball program in his first season as an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles. Merritt will oversee MU's post player development.
Merritt graduated from Marquette in 2004 and played for the Golden Eagles' 2003 Final Four squad. He is a four-year letterwinner and sits at 37th all-time on MU's scoring list with 1,049 points. Merritt averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds throughout his career as a Golden Eagle and is 14th with 697 career rebounds.
"I feel very fortunate to bring Scott Merritt back into the Marquette family," said Kieger. "He brings a passion for the game and University that is unique and unrivaled. With his basketball knowledge and ability to develop post players, I believe our front court is in great hands. Scott has been a part of a Final Four team and has won at the highest level. I am excited for him to bring that experience to our program and instill greatness on a daily basis. We have very high goals and expectations for our program and I am confident Scott will help us reach them."
Merritt most recently served as Assistant AAU Coordinator at DTA in Milwaukee and was a boys' varsity assistant coach at Menomonee Falls High School last season.
Vernette Skeete enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Marquette women's basketball program. She will be primarily responsible for the development of MU's guards.
Skeete joins Marquette after two years as head coach at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. The 2012-13 NJCAA Region 8 Coach of the Year led the program to a 50-13 record through two seasons and won a state championship in 2013.
"I am very excited to welcome Vernette to our Marquette family," Kieger said. "I have had the pleasure of working with Vernette and am thrilled to share her passion once again. She has an amazing ability to motivate and inspire everyone around her and her enthusiasm towards the game and development is infectious. Vernette's ability to recruit and build relationships will be a huge asset in helping build our program. The sky is the limit here for Vernette and I am glad she is joining our journey."
Skeete spent three years at the University of Miami working alongside Kieger as coordinator of basketball operations and two seasons as assistant coach. During her tenure the Hurricanes became a leader in the Atlantic Coast Conference and earned consecutive No. 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012.
Rachel Sander begins her first season as Director of Program Development for the Marquette University women's basketball program in 2014-15.
In the role, Sander will work as a liaison to the communication, marketing and fundraising staff, coordinate community service projects for the team and assist with team travel.
"I am extremely excited to be welcoming Rachel to the Marquette family," Kieger said. "I could not be more thrilled to be working back alongside her. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program that will benefit our team, fans and community.
Rachel has an amazing way with people and I know the entire Marquette community will gravitate towards her." Sander spent five seasons as the director of women's basketball operations at the University of Miami. She was responsible for day-to-day operations of the women's basketball program, scheduled practice, coordinated team travel and managed community and donor relations.
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