Laurie Koehn said the time had come to walk away from playing the game she loves.
Koehn, the former Moundridge High School star who was honored Saturday in Salina as a new member of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and also was part of the Moundridge teams that were inducted, has been hired as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado.
It will be a Wildcat reunion. Northern Colorado’s head coach is former Kansas State assistant coach Kami Ethridge. Former Kansas State women’s head coach Deb Patterson is NC’s Director of Operations.
Koehn, 33, was a star at Kansas State, where she was college basketball’s all-time leading 3-point shooter until this past season when UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis broke her mark. For the past 11 seasons, she played professionally both in the WNBA (Washington and Atlanta) and overseas (Poland, Turkey and Australia).
Koehn told Midkansasonline.com on Saturday that she thought about trying to play one more year, but decided that this was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Koehn was part of Kansas State’s brilliant run from 2001 to 2005 that put the school on the national map because the team was led by small-town Kansas kids, which also included Kendra Wecker of Marysville and Nicole Ohlde of Clay Center, who were inducted into the KBCA Hall of Fame on Saturday with Koehn.
She replaces another former Wildcat, Shalee Lehning, at Northern Colorado, who recently resigned. Lehning played with McPherson High Wall of Famers Marlies Gipson and Ashley Sweat at Kansas State.