Indiana head coach Teri Moren had hinted on multiple occasions that her former star guard Ali Patberg had a future in college basketball after her playing career came to an end.
This week Moren gave Patberg her first chance.
Patberg has joined her alma mater on staff as a team and recruitment coordinator, the program announced on Friday morning.
“We are excited to have Ali join our staff in this capacity after such a successful collegiate career,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said in a release.
“She has always expressed her desire to pursue a career in college coaching and we are happy she can begin that journey here. Ali is a true competitor who has helped us build this program and is a fantastic person that will impact our players on and off the court. We are looking forward to seeing her transition into a member of our staff.”
Patberg wrapped up her career at IU as a four-time All-Big Ten honoree in 2021-22 as she led Indiana to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances and three NCAA Tournaments.
She finished ninth in all-time scoring at IU with 1,752 points, third in assists (527) and can claim a career average of 14.2 points per game, which ranked eighth.
Patberg was drafted 33rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, but was waived during training camp.
“I would like to say thank you to Coach Moren and the rest of the staff for believing and trusting me as I begin my college coaching career. I could not think of a better place and with better people to start this next chapter with,” Patberg said.
“I will learn and grow as a professional from one of the best staffs in college basketball and continue to be a part of the Indiana program, which holds such a special place in my heart.”
The team and recruitment coordinator works primarily off the court, but on the front lines of the program’s recruiting efforts, identifying and communicating with prospects, setting up and orchestrating visits and scouting, and much more.
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