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     Kristen Gillespie
    Kristen Gillespie

    Joliet, Ill./Tallahassee, Fla.

    Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

    First season

    NC State '99

    Kristen Gillespie enters her first season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the UIC women's basketball team.

    Gillespie comes to UIC after spending the last two years on staff at NC State. She has also coached at Central Florida and UC Santa Barbara before returning to her alma mater to become a graduate assistant under the legendary late head coach Kay Yow.

    Gillespie, who was a WBCA High School All-American for Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., started her collegiate playing career at Auburn before transferring to NC State, where she was the starting point guard on the Wolfpack's 1998 Final Four squad.

    She also comes from a family of coaches; her father and brother have coached basketball at various levels and her grandfather, Gordie, is college baseball's all-time winningest coach with over 1,800 victories.

    "Kristen has played and coached at a high level, and our players will benefit on a daily basis from that experience," said UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch. "She is an up-and-coming assistant and has earned a great reputation as a recruiter. Kristen is a high-quality person with a great personality and the ability to relate to and teach different people."

    "I am thrilled to be here at UIC," said Gillespie. "I am happy to join Lisa and her staff and to try and take this program to new heights."