May 18, 2007
SEATTLE -- University of Washington head women's basketball coach Tia Jackson has solidified her coaching staff with the hiring of highly-successful former Missouri State University head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson as an assistant coach.
"I am extremely pleased that Katie Abrahamson-Henderson will be joining my staff here at Washington," Jackson said. "Her background speaks volumes--from her success as a player (both collegiate and professional) to her coaching accomplishments at Maine, Iowa State, Michigan State and Missouri State. Katie is a highly-regarded recruiter and floor coach, and she has tremendous knowledge of the game. We have a great understanding of each other and a remarkable bond, having both played for Coach C. Vivian Stringer at Iowa and become a part of a trusted sisterhood. She will be integral in helping rebuild the great tradition of Husky women's basketball and helping bring us to national prominence."
In five years, Abrahamson-Henderson compiled a 95-61 (.609) record at Missouri State and led the Lady Bears to two regular season Missouri Valley Conference championships, three postseason MVC Tournament championships, three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a WNIT championship. She tutored two MVC Players of the Year, 11 MVC all-conference honorees and 13 players who earned MVC scholar-athlete honors. She is the third-winningest women's basketball coach in Missouri State history.
"I'm really excited to work here at the University of Washington and feel very blessed to be working with Tia Jackson," Abrahamson-Henderson said. "I am so excited to work for someone who has as much passion for the game of basketball as I do. Washington is a first class institution, and I've always wanted to coach in the Pac-10 and work at this level again."
Prior to her stint at Missouri State, Abrahamson-Henderson served as associate head coach under (now Duke University head coach) Joanne P. McCallie at Michigan State from 2000-2002. She helped lead a resurgence of the Spartan program as the team went from 10-10 in 2000-01 to 19-13 and the WNIT semifinals the next season.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Iowa, Abrahamson-Henderson began her coaching career as an assistant at Duquesne for two seasons before moving to the University of Maine under McCallie from 1992-94. From 1994-2000 Abrahamson-Henderson served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for head coach Bill Fennelly at Iowa State. During her tenure at ISU, she was a significant contributor to three-straight 20-win campaigns, and helped guide the Cyclones to a 94-34 record and four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
An accomplished student-athlete, Abrahamson-Henderson played two seasons at the University of Georgia for two years before transferring to Iowa to compete for coach C. Vivian Stringer. While at Iowa, she was a member of two Big Ten Conference championships teams and played in the NCAA Sweet 16. While a freshman at Georgia, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a Southeastern Conference title in 1986. Following her collegiate career, Abrahamson-Henderson played one season professionally in New Zealand.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she was listed as one of the top players in the country as a prep, Abrahamson-Henderson and her husband, Michael, have two daughters, Savannah and Brooklyn.