Detroit Mercy hires women’s basketball coach Kate Achter

detroit In hiring its fourth head women’s basketball coach in four yearsDetroit Mercy is turning to someone with experience taking over a program rocked by adversity.

Kate Achter, who spent the last six seasons as head coach at Loyola Chicago, was named Detroit Mercy’s next head coach Wednesday. Achter takes over for LaTanya Collins, who spent the last season as interim head coach after the university fired AnnMarie Gilbert following multiple investigations into her alleged treatment of players.

At Loyola Chicago, Achter replaced Sheryl Swoopes, who was accused of mistreating players.

Former Loyola Chicago coach Kate Achter will take over as head women's basketball coach at Detroit Mercy.

Achter was 67-110 in six seasons at Loyola Chicago, including 36-72 in the Missouri Valley Conference. This past season, Loyola Chicago was 18-12 (10-8 Missouri Valley), the program’s most wins since 1988-89. With Loyola Chicago set to make the move to the Atlantic 10 next season, the university decided to make a change, and hired former Yale head coach Allison Guth.

Achter, called a “rising star” in college basketball coaching circles when she was hired by Loyola Chicago, previously was an assistant coach on staffs at Xavier and St. Bonaventure. At St. Bonaventure, where she was promoted to associate head coach, Achter helped lead the team to a school-record 31 wins and the Sweet 16 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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