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Coach Ann Gilbert Moves to Michigan State
by Zachary Pretzer '03
leading the women's basketball team for eight seasons, Ann Gilbert
'91 is becoming a LadySpartan.
She has stepped down from her Oberlin post to join the Michigan
State University women's basketball program, where she will be an
assistant to Head Coach Joanne McCallie.
The move gives Gilbert, a native of Elyria, Ohio, a chance to coach
at the NCAA Division I level in one of the most competitive conferences
in the nation, the Big Ten. As an Oberlin player Gilbert excelled
as a point guard, but at Michigan she'll work with the post players.
She'll also be part of the Lady Spartans' recruiting team.
"We are excited to have her join our Spartan family, and we
look forward to her helping us pursue championships at the highest
level," said McCallie.
"It's an honor to move from Division III to Division I and
it doesn't happen very often," Gilbert said.
During her tenure at the helm for Oberlin, Gilbert became the winningest
coach in the Yeowomen's 25-year history, with a 58-136 record. She
led Oberlin to six postseason conference tournaments in six years
and helped develop eight All-NCAC players as well as the 1999 NCAC
Newcomer of the Year, Nzinga Broussard '02 of Delaware, Ohio.
Gilbert began her Oberlin coaching career as an assistant women's
basketball coach in 1992-93. She was an assistant coach for the
men's basketball team in 1993-94 and became women's head coach in
1994. In 1996, she took on the additional responsibilities of senior
women's administrator and associate director of athletics.
As a student, Gilbert first played for Ohio University, a Division
I team in the Mid-American Conference. In her sophomore season at
OU, she was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player and earned All-MAC
Upon transferring to Oberlin, Gilbert became one of the elite Division
III athletes in the nation. She was a two-time NCAC Player of the
Year as well as an NCAA Division III first-team All-American. In
her first season with Oberlin, she was named a Kodak All-American,
a Fastbreak All-American, a Division III scoring leader, and a Sports
Illustrated Player of the Week. In her senior year, she was
named the Honda Division III Player of the Year, the American Women's
Sports Federation Player of the Year, and the Champion USA Division
III Player of the Year.
As a junior, Gilbert led the nation in scoring with 31.1 points
per game; she came in second in her senior year, with 31.2 points
per game. In just two years, she racked up 1,527 points and became
the school's all-time scoring leadera record that was broken
last season by Broussard. Gilbert set 24 school records and 10 conference
records, some of which came from her efforts as a sprinter for the
women's track and field team. Her NCAA Division III single-game
records for points (61), field goals (28), and field goal attempts
(55) remain unsurpassed.
Gilbert graduated in 1991 with a major in sociology and a minor
in economics. Her jersey (#22) was retired in 1994, and she was
inducted into the Oberlin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
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