Krista Van Hauen
Krista Van Hauen Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 8th Season
Phone: 563-333-6230

Krista Van Hauen was introduced as the 10th head women's basketball coach at St. Ambrose University on June 16, 2010.

A two-time conference Coach of the Year, Van Hauen has compiled a 142-72 record and led SAU to three NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances in her seven years with the Bees.

In 2015-16, Van Hauen guided the Bees through a successful first season in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). The Bees finished 22-10 overall, 14-5 in the conference, and qualified for the National Tournament. St. Ambrose knocked off four nationally-ranked opponents, including an 81-54 win over then-No. 2 St. Francis (Ill.) on Jan. 16. SAU advanced to the CCAC Tournament championship game after defeating No. 11 Cardinal Stritch and No. 4 St. Francis in the first two rounds on the road.

The 2014-15 season came with a conference championship as the Bees won the MCC crown with a 9-3 league mark. In 2013-14, Van Hauen guided St. Ambrose to a 26-6 record, MCC regular-season and tournament championships, and a spot in the NAIA National Tournament to earn her second coach of the year award. Along the way, the nationally-ranked Bees reeled off a 20-game winning streak, tying the third-longest in program history. SAU finished 12-0 in the conference, becoming the first team to go unbeaten in MCC play since the 2006-07 St. Ambrose team.

Van Hauen made an immediate splash, taking the Bees to the second round of the National Tournament during her first year on the bench in 2010-11. That team finished 29-5 overall and won a conference title as Van Hauen picked up her first MCC Coach of the Year award. She also hit the 20-win plateau when her 2012-13 team finished 24-7 overall.

In her seven years at St. Ambrose, Van Hauen has coached 12 First Team all-conference performers, one Second Team all-conference selection, and nine players who received all-conference honorable mention. Six players have been named to numerous All-American teams - Ali Dolphin (2011 NAIA Second Team, 2011 WBCA Honorable Mention), Samantha Saladino (2013 NAIA Third Team), Lauren Cash (2014 NAIA Third Team, 2014 WBCA Honorable Mention), Katie Jensen (2014 NAIA Honorable Mention, 2015 NAIA Third Team, 2015 WBCA Honorable Mention), Sydney Greiner (2016 NAIA Third Team, 2016 WBCA Honorable Mention) and Devan Griffin (2016 NAIA Honorable Mention). 

The St. Ambrose women have also earned academic accolades in Van Hauen’s time at the helm. Her 2010-11 team was fifth among all NAIA institutions with a 3.518 grade point average. Her 2011-12 team ranked 14th with a 3.424 GPA, her 2012-13 team was seventh with a 3.545 GPA, her 2013-14 team finished 10th with a 3.490 GPA, her 2014-15 team was seventh with a 3.575 GPA, her 2015-16 team was sixth with a 3.611 GPA and her 2016-17 team was third with a 3.701 GPA.

Before joining the Queen Bees, Van Hauen spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado. Responsible for developing perimeter players, Van Hauen coached guard Whitley Cox, a 2010 all-Big Sky Conference First Team selection, who signed a professional contract with the Harlem Ambassadors.

Along with assisting with on-court coaching at Northern Colorado, she organized team travel and summer camps, supervised the academic performance of the student-athletes, and assisted with recruiting the Midwest and junior colleges.

Prior to her two years with the Bears, Van Hauen was the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Bradley University from 2006-08 while studying to earn her Master's degree in Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

Along with her successful coaching background, Van Hauen has strong ties to Iowa and the Midwest. A three-time conference MVP at Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock High School in Iowa, Van Hauen played collegiately at Waldorf College. An NJCAA First Team All-American in 2001, she led the Warriors to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships that year.

After a year at Simpson College, where she garnered second team all-Iowa Conference honors, Van Hauen returned to Waldorf to earn a degree in Wellness and closed her career by earning all-conference recognition in 2004.

Van Hauen got her coaching start as a student assistant at Waldorf in 2003. She coached at Grundy Center (Iowa) High School in 2004-05 and also served as an assistant coach at Cornell College during the 2005-06 season before moving to Bradley.

"With my previous coaching jobs I have gained many valuable experiences in assessing and recruiting top-athletes from the Midwest," said Van Hauen. "When looking for quality student-athletes, the young women must be successful on the basketball court as well as in the classroom while being respected in their communities. They must value the qualities of good citizenship, respect, trustworthiness, and honesty. I believe such talented student-athletes will compete successfully at the NAIA level and will win conference championships, and compete in the NAIA National Tournament. More importantly, such young ladies will be winners in the game of life, making outstanding contributions in their families, communities, and careers in the future."

2017-18 Women's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Women's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
3Kali RolingFRG5-4DeWitt, IowaCentral DeWitt
4Aubrie CarlisleJRG5-8Carthage, Ill.Illini West
5Sarah ThileniusJRG5-6Colorado Springs, Colo.Cheyenne Mountain/Saint Benedict
10Morgan WheelwrightJRG5-5Elizabeth, Ill.River Ridge
12Colleen GradySOF5-10Geneva, Ill.Geneva
13Madi EppersonFRG5-6Athens, Ill.Athens
14Maddi CampbellFRF5-7Washington, Ill.Washington Community
20Kendra MattinglyFRG5-8Viola, Ill.Sherrard
21Charlotte FlynnSOG5-9Dubuque, IowaWahlert Catholic
22Reeann McCartySRG5-10Manchester, IowaWest Delaware
24Candace FinninJRF5-11Mokena, Ill.Lincoln-Way Central/Kankakee CC
25Gabrielle KoelkerSOG5-6Burlington, IowaBurlington Notre Dame
30Hannah FordJRG5-7Moline, Ill.Moline/Black Hawk CC
31Emily SouthernFRG5-8Big Rock, Ill.Hinckley-Big Rock
32Mercedes JacksonJRF/C5-10Rock Island, Ill.Rock Island/Kankakee CC
33Karli AtkinsonSRG5-5Clinton, IowaPrince of Peace
40Joni LafaryFRC6-1Gladstone, Ill.West Central
42Emily KenneyFRG5-7Lynn Center, Ill.AlWood
44Hailey CookJRF5-10Moline, Ill.Moline
52Symone Jones-TateSOF/C5-9Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glenbard West
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