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Rick Stein, Head Coach

Rick Stein '92 enters his eighth season at the helm of the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball program after reaching his 100th career victory in 2004-05 and his 100th career Great Lakes Region victory last year.

Stein, who is the second winningest coach in the program's history, led the Screaming Eagles to a 15-15 overall record, 7-12 in the GLVC, last season despite losing nearly 70 percent of his team's offensive output and nearly 80 percent of his squad's rebounding output from the previous season.

In 2004-05, his squad battled through multiple injuries to post a 14-14 overall record, 7-13 in the GLVC, and qualify for the GLVC Tournament.

In 15 seasons as an assistant coach and head coach for USI women's basketball, Stein has been a part of 286 victories (65.9 percent of USI's all-time wins), four conference championships, three GLVC Tournament titles, all seven of USI's NCAA II Tournament appearances, and two NCAA II Elite Eight appearances.

In 2003-04, Stein led the Eagles to a 20-10 mark and a 12-8 record in the GLVC. His Eagles returned to the NCAA II Tournament for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

Despite a rough 2002-03 campaign, Stein and his coaching staff brought in a strong recruiting class that set the stage for a return to national competitiveness. In 2003-04, USI had the sixth-best turnaround in Division II, with USI improving by 12 wins from the previous year.

In 2002-03, Stein and the Eagles were forced into a rebuilding year after losing five seniors and more than 60 points and 25 rebounds per game from the 2001-02 squad. With only one returning starter, Stein and his staff had a young team competing for a spot in the GLVC Tournament late in the season and finished the year with an 8-19 overall record.

The 2001-02 season saw Stein's Eagles win a second straight GLVC Championship and an NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional appearance with a 27-6 overall record and a 16-4 GLVC record. Stein also has led the Eagles into the national spotlight with his squad being ranked nationally for 37 consecutive weeks between December 2000 and December 2002.

In just his second season with the Eagles, Stein led USI to a 28-4 record and the biggest season-to-season turnaround in school history (+13 wins). Stein, who earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors, directed the Screaming Eagles to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship, GLVC Tournament Championship, the  NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, and second NCAA II Elite Eight appearance.

In his first season, Stein went 15-12 overall, tying the record for most victories for a rookie head coach and setting the record for best winning percentage for a rookie coach (.556). Steinís overall winning percentage is the best in USI womenís basketball history.

A member of the WBCA, Stein is a 1992 USI graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He joined the Eagles program in 1991-92 as a graduate assistant under former Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. He was promoted to head assistant coach in 1994 and promptly helped Dugan and the Eagles to their best season as a varsity sport at USI.

In his eight seasons, Stein helped Dugan amass a 159-73 record with four straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances (1994-95 to 1997-98) and three Great Lakes Valley Conference titles. The Eagles were the NCAA II Tournament finalist and produced the first perfect season in GLVC history (20-0) in 1997.

A native of Crete, Illinois, Stein was a two-year starter on the Southern Indiana menís basketball team from 1989-91. During his tenure as a player, Stein helped USI to an appearance in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional in 1989-90 and a win over Division I University of Wisconsin in 1990-91. Before joining USIís team, he played basketball at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and earned an associate degree. Parkland finished as the NJCAA Division II runner-up in 1988 and fourth nationally in 1989.

A member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Stein and his wife Kari have a son Alex and a daughter Mallorie.

Stein at USI

As an Assistant

Year

Record

 

1991-99

159-73

8 seasons as Assistant Coach; 1 NCAA II Elite Eight appearance; 4 NCAA II Tournament appearances; 3 GLVC Championships; and 2 GLVC Tournament appearances

As the Head Coach

1999-00

15-12

Set USI record for winning percentage and victories by a rookie head coach; GLVC Tournament

     

2000-01

28-4

GLVC Coach of the Year; GLVC Regular Season co-Champions; GLVC Tournament Champions; NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Champions; NCAA II Elite Eight

 2001-02

27-6

GLVC Tournament Champions; 
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Finalist
2002-03

8-19

 
2003-04

20-10

Torneo de Basquetbol Champions;
GLVC Tournament semifinalist;
NCAA II Tournament appearance
2004-05

14-14

GLIAC/GLVC Challenge Champions
2005-06

15-15

 

Total

127-80 (.614)

1 NCAA II Elite Eight appearance; 3 NCAA II Tournament appearance; 1 GLVC Championship; 2 GLVC Tournament Championship


Randa Gatling, Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Randa Gatling '99 returns for her eighth season with the Screaming Eagles. Gatling assists in all aspects of the USI women's basketball program. In particular, she works closely with game scouts, recruiting, player assessments, and on-the-court skill work with the guards.

Gatling has been a major part of USI's success throughout the years, both as a player and as a coach. She has been a part of 227 victories, 127 as a coach and 100 as a player. In addition, Gatling has been a part of seven NCAA II Tournament teams, two NCAA II Elite Eight squads, and five GLVC championship teams.

In addition to her coaching duties, Gatling is USI's senior woman administrator and an instructor in physical education. She also is the coordinator for USI's Eagle Math program.

A native of Evansville, Indiana, Gatling started her career at Evansville Central High School. She served as the head coach for the first-ever Central girlís freshman basketball team and was instrumental in its creation.

Gatling graduated from USI in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in social work.

During her playing days at USI, Gatling was a member of the 1997 NCAA Division II national finalist team. Her play helped the Eagles to NCAA II Tournament appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 as well as GLVC championships in 1995, 1997, and 1998. She was the team captain in 1997-98.

The Eagles were a dominating 100-16 (.862), including an amazing 67-9 (.881) in the GLVC, during Gatling's four years in an Eagle uniform.


Michelle Irwin, Assistant Coach

Michelle Irwin enters her first season with the USI women's basketball team. She will assist in all aspects of the USI womenís basketball program.

Irwin comes to USI from Ashland University, where she was a graduate assistant since 2004. She helped the Ashland Eagles to an NCAA II Tournament appearance, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division titles, and two 20-win seasons.

Prior to Ashland, Irwin got her coaching start at St. Catharine College during the 2003-04 season. She helped in recruiting, player development, and scouting reports while at SCC.

Irwin played for USI Head Coach Rick Stein from 1999-02 and was part of the Screaming Eagles back-to-back GLVC Tournament championship teams. USI amassed a 70-22 mark, 43-17 in the GLVC during Irwinís three seasons in a USI uniform. The Eagles also appeared in the NCAA II Tournament twice.

The Louisville, Kentucky, native averaged 5.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Eagles, including a career-best 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds during USIís NCAA II Elite Eight run in 2000-01.

Irwin got a bachelorís degree in marketing with a minor in international business from the University of Louisville in 2004. She graduated with a masterís degree in sports sciences from Ashland in December of 2005.


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