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Loyola Hires Kate Achter as New Women’s Basketball Head Coach

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Swoopes Investigation.

The two-week-long search for a new head coach for Loyola’s women’s basketball team is over. Loyola hired former Xavier University and St. Bonaventure University assistant coach Kate Achter, according to the Athletic Department.

The hiring marks the end of a tumultuous few months for the program and the university.

Achter will replace former head coach Sheryl Swoopes two weeks after Loyola announced she would not return to the program. Swoopes’ departure followed an investigation of her basketball program that lasted nearly three months. Launched on April 15, the investigation dealt with allegations that Swoopes, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, mistreated players.

Loyola Athletic Director Steve Watson, who held the same position at St. Bonaventure during Achter’s five years at the university before moving to Loyola in January 2015, said in a statement that he believes Achter has all the tools necessary to find success in her new position.

“Kate Achter is one of the rising stars in college basketball and we are thrilled to have her as our new head women’s basketball coach,” said Watson. “Kate has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest coaches in the business who have prepared her to lead our program and provide an excellent student-athlete experience at a world class institution like Loyola.”

While serving as an assistant coach at Xavier, Achter helped lead the Musketeers to a 17-13 overall record and 8-10 in the Big East Conference in her lone season at the school.

Prior to taking the coaching job at Xavier in May 2015, the Oregon, Ohio, native was an associate head coach at St. Bonaventure for one season. For the previous four seasons, she served as an assistant coach. Achter helped the Bonnies to three postseason berths, including a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.

Jim Crowley, St. Bonaventure’s head coach during Achter’s time at the university, said Achter was the right choice for Loyola.

“Kate’s work ethic, knowledge and determination make her one of the best young coaches I have ever been around,” said Crowley, now the women’s basketball head coach at Providence College in the Big East Conference. “She is a terrific teacher and even better person who will do special things for Loyola women’s basketball.”

Achter also earned high praise from Curt Miller, the head coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and Achter’s head coach during her playing days at Bowling Green University.

“She is a rising superstar in the coaching profession and will bring an incredible work ethic to their program,” said Miller. “She will not only be a great coach but she will thrive as a role model to her student-athletes while being an excellent ambassador for the University.”

Achter will take over the program with a nearly clean slate; she’ll only have two veteran Ramblers, guards Citiana Negatu and Brandi Segars. The rest of the squad will consist of 10 incoming recruits, after 10 of Swoopes’ 12 possible returners asked to be released from the team in March.

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