The University of Illinois has hired Shauna Green as the 10th head coach of the Fighting Illini women's basketball program, pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval. Green comes to Illinois following six successful seasons as the head coach at the University of Dayton, where her teams captured five Atlantic 10 regular season championships and qualified each year of her tenure for postseason play, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. During the 2021-22 season, the three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year led the Flyers to the Atlantic 10 championship and an opening round victory in the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with a final record of 26-6.
"As we expected, our head coaching position attracted tremendous interest from imminently qualified candidates across the country – a testament to the reputation of the University of Illinois, the upward trajectory of Fighting Illini Athletics, and the hard work of our basketball student-athletes," UI Director of Athletics Josh Whitman said. "Even amongst such a talented candidate pool, Shauna Green quickly emerged as a dynamic, proven leader with a demonstrated record of success at one of the nation's most visible, accomplished mid-major programs.
"In visiting with Shauna, I was struck by her inner drive, her innate competitiveness, and her commitment to the student-athletes under her charge," Whitman continued. "She and I connected quickly around an ambitious vision for the future of Illinois women's basketball, which she and her staff plan to spread around the state and across the country. Our women's basketball program is in great hands under Coach Green's leadership, and I look forward to the hard work ahead that will yield our bright future. Please join me in welcoming Coach Green, her husband, Andy, and their son, Matteo, to the Fighting Illini family!"
Green takes over the Illini program after compiling a record of 127-50 (.718) with the Flyers, and 156-75 (.675) overall, which includes two seasons at Loras College. Previously, Green was an assistant coach at Dayton. She also had assistant coaching stints at Northwestern University and Providence College.
"I am beyond excited to join the Illini family," said Green. "For me, it's always about the people, fit and vision. As soon as I met Josh, I believed in his leadership and desire to build a winning program. I want to thank Josh, Sara Burton and Chancellor Robert Jones for their belief in me. I truly believe the time is now for the program and we will work tirelessly to build it into a championship program."
This past season, the Flyers were Atlantic 10 Conference regular season champions and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament, compiling a final record of 14-1 in league play and 26-6 overall. Dayton was the final at-large team selected to the NCAA Tournament field and defeated DePaul, 88-57, in a First Four game, before being eliminated by Georgia on Friday.
In Green's six years at Dayton, the Flyers qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times and twice for the WNIT. Her teams won at least 22 games in four of the six seasons, including a 22-10 record in 2017, 23-7 in 2018, a 25-8 mark in 2020 (the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19), and 26-6 in 2022.
During the shortened season in 2020-21, the Flyers clinched the A-10 regular season title after going 12-1 in conference play and earning the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament. The Flyers finished 14-5 overall after advancing to the WNIT. In 2019-20, Green earned her second Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor after leading the Flyers to both the regular season and tournament titles, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and finishing the year at 25-8.
Green earned her first Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor in 2018 after Dayton swept the regular season and tournament championships, finishing with a 23-7 record overall, and 15-1 in the A-10. She led the Flyers to the WNIT in 2019 with a 17-14 overall record.
In Green's first year at the helm of the Flyers in 2017, she made Dayton women's basketball history by guiding UD to its first ever sweep of regular season and tournament titles in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She received WBCA National Rookie Coach of the Year honors after leading the Flyers to a 22-10 overall record and 13-3 A-10 mark, leading to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. That season ended in a hard-fought loss to No. 5 seed and eight-time National Champion Tennessee.
A native of Clinton, Iowa, Green began her coaching career as a head coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2006 and 2007, where she compiled a record of 29-25. Green gained Big Ten experience in 2016 as an assistant at Northwestern prior to being named head coach at Dayton before the 2016-17 season, where she had been an assistant coach from 2013-15. The Flyers advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years Green was an assistant, including a memorable run to the 2015 NCAA Elite Eight. She also served as an assistant at Providence College from 2008-12 before her move to Dayton.
A 2002 graduate of Canisius College, Green received a degree in business marketing. While at Canisius, the former Shauna Geronzin became one of the greatest basketball players in Griffins' history. A four-time letterwinner from 1998-2002, Green earned All-Conference honors each year, including three times being selected First-Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She is the school's all-time leading scorer, with 2,012 points, and she remains second in career rebounding. Green was the Canisius Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and, in 2012, was inducted into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame.
Green later earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from Loras. She and her husband, Andy, have one son, Matteo, who is in first grade.
The Fighting Illini basketball team was beaten by a ranked Ohio State team at the annual Play for Kay pink game but not without a fight to the very end. It was a night to honor breast cancer survivors and the Courtsiders raised $1900.00 from the basket raffle and donations as a result of the generosity of our Illinois fans. A check will be sent to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. Courtsider member Susan Stout was the lucky winner of the basket. Thanks to everyone who helped with the cause – it certainly takes teamwork to make a dream work! GO ILLINI!
Santa joined in the festivities at the December 5th game vs Eastern Kentucky. Thirty-six groups visited Santa and you can check out all the pictures by scanning the code. Santa started the day by putting smiles on lots of faces and your Fighting Illini ended the event with a victory adding more smiles to the festive day.
Thanks to everyone that helped make the 1st Annual Courtsider Cash Bash an arousing success. Over $28,000.00 was raised through the generosity of our sponsors and the individuals who bought Cash Bash tickets, 50/50 raffle tickets and live auction items. Congrats to the two winners who chose to split the $10,000 grand prize!
A big shout out to corporate sponsor Hasselbring Accounting Inc. and other sponsors Commerce Bank, Heartland Bank, American Legion Post 71, The Littlefield Group, Inc. and Cozad Asset Management, Inc. as well as all the other businesses (see list below) that contributed gift cards and prizes. A special thank you to Colleen Hatton and Dish Passionate Cuisine for supplying all the food and to craftsman Leland Hasselbring for his fine work making the Cash Bash Board.
Lastly, thanks to emcee Mike Mongan, DJ Juan Robles, Auctioneer Jim Hannagan, the Illinois Women’s Basketball Coaching staff, the many friends who helped sell tickets and the Courtsider Board of Directors for making the event possible.
Save the date – Next year we plan on hosting the event on Saturday, October 22nd. Details to follow!
HAMILTON WALKER BAXTER'S BUNNY'S OF URBANA, INC ESQUIRE LOUNGE, INC BOOMERANG'S BAR & GRILL PHILO TAVERN BILLY BAROOZ PUB & GRILL
SUNSINGER OLD ORCHARD LANES & LINK CASA DEL MAR THE RIBEYE
PAPA DELS COUNTY MARKET HOULIHAN'S SMALLCAKES
DR. SCOTT ANDERSON CHAMPAIGN COUNTRY CLUB COACH FAHEY
LINCOLNSHIRE FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS GOLF COURSE
WILLOW POND GOLF COURSE BROOKHILL GOLF COURSE VERIZON
DANVILLE COUNTRY CLUB LAKE OF THE WOODS GOLF COURSE
EL RANCHO GRANDE II KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Courtsiders is proud to announce the latest addition to the Fighting Illini Women's Basketball program.
This tricked out, 8 person, Illini Orange and Blue golf cart will be used by the program to aid in recruiting.
Prospective players and their families will be chauffeured around the campus in style as the coaching staff promotes all the positives to be offered by the University of Illinois.
This golf cart, and many other items, are purchased with money raised by Courtsiders through
your dues, generous contributions and fund raisers such as the annual golf outing (August 2021)
The Fighting Illini Women's Basketball program thanks you for your support