University of Miami head coach Katie Meier tackled her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as the 2012 USA U18 National Team head coach. After leading the team to gold and a berth in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, Meier on Jan. 29, 2013, was named head coach of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team.
“It’s a blessing to have such experience, confidence and knowledge with this staff,” said Meier, the 2011 Associated Press Co-National Coach of the Year. “Mainly, with the players, just to have coaches who relate so well to them. A lot of times if you put three head coaches together, they’ve not been hands-on with their own team, but when you take the three of us and how we run our program, we’re very involved with our players personally. That really came out this summer. I think the players felt well communicated to, very much taken care of, very clear, very confident about their roles and received a lot of support and a ton of knowledge. I thought we had great staff dynamics. We had great chemistry between the staff and the team, so I’m 100 percent fired up about this staff being together again.”
A 12-year coaching veteran (2001-02 to present), Meier is in the middle of her eighth season (2005-06 to present) at Miami, where she has compiled a 140-101 record (all records as of 1/28/13) for a 58.1 winning percentage and advanced the Hurricanes to the NCAA second round in each of the last two years. Even more impressive is her record at Miami over the last three-plus seasons. Since 2010-11 and through the first 20 games this year, Meier’s record is 90-31 for a stunning 74.4 winning percentage.
The current Meier Miami squad is 14-6, including 5-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play.
Meier arrived in Miami, took the reigns of a team that had won 13 games in the previous season and upped that to a 17-13 record in her first year as Miami advanced to the WNIT second round.
After three more years of rebuilding, in her fifth season, Meier’s squad went 22-14 in 2009-10 and played its way to the 2010 WNIT Finals.
Miami in 2010-11 tied for first place in the ACC after going 12-2 in league play, and posted a school-record number of victories after marching to the NCAA second round and finishing the season at 28-5. Not only was Meier rewarded for her work by the ACC as its 2011 Coach of the Year, she joined a pair of Naismith Hall of Famers Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford University), both of whom led their respective U.S. Olympic Teams to gold, as the 2011 Associated Press (A.P.) co-National Coach of the Year.
Most recently Meier’s 2011-12 squad posted a 26-6 slate, finished second in the ACC with a 14-2 mark and advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament second round, where it fell to Graves’ Gonzaga squad. Additionally, Miami achieved its highest national ranking ever, as it ranked No. 5 during the season, and finished No. 8 nationally by the A.P. and No. 9 nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
Meier got her head coaching start at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where in four seasons (2001-02 through 2004-05) she turned around a program that had not posted a winning record since the 1993-94 season and had only one postseason appearance since Charlotte entered NCAA Division I. Meier’s first team finished the year 16-13. She then increased her wins by five in 2002-03 to finish 21-9, including 12-0 at home, and captured the Conference USA regular season title. For their efforts, Charlotte earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and Meier was honored as the 2003 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Meier continued to lead her teams to winning records over the next two seasons and was rewarded by a pair of WNIT berths.
All told, Meier not only led Charlotte to postseason play three times, she compiled a 76-45 mark (.628 winning percentage).
A four-year letterwinner (1986-88, 1990) at Duke University, Meier was a 1988 GTE Academic All-American and the 1986 ACC Rookie of the Year. She still ranks tied for first in Duke’s all-time single-game records for assists with 12 and scored the fifth-most points in a game in Duke history with 36 points. Meier lists fifth among all-time Duke career scoring leaders with 1,761 points (16.2 ppg.) and 10th for assists with 409. During her four years on the court Meier helped Duke compile a 72-43 mark and advance to the 1986 WNIT and 1987 NCAA Tournament second round.
No stranger to international basketball, after leaving Duke Meier spent three years playing professional basketball in Belgium from 1990-93 and aided her team to a trio of Belgium Cup titles.