Women’s basketball head coach announced

Lisa Carlsen answers questions in a June press conference. Carlsen is preparing for her first season as head coach of the Huskies.

By Keith Hernandez

Lisa Carlsen, former women’s basketball head coach at Lewis University in Romeoville, will coach women’s basketball for the 2015-16 season.

Athletics Director Sean Frazier said Carlsen, who led Lewis to four NCAA appearances, was the right fit for the program Tuesday at a press conference.

“The bottom line is that she wins,” Frazier said of Carlsen’s 31-3 season with a 3-0 record against Division I teams in 2014-15. “That’s a big one for me and you can look me in my good eye about that.”

Mac play is on the horizon for the upcoming season, Carlsen said at the press conference.

“I think everything is right there for the taking,” Carlsen said. “I’ll bring an element of excitement to the game, I believe. … We’re gonna be ready to hit the ground running.”

Carlsen was the women’s basketball head coach at Lewis University since 2007, the associate head coach at Winona State from 2004 to 2007 and the head coach at Nebraska Omaha from 2000 to 2004. While at Lewis, she posted a 100 percent graduation rate.

“I think there’s obviously going to be an adjustment period when it comes to some of the rules and regulations and getting a different feel for that, but … coaching basketball is coaching basketball,” Carlsen said about transitioning from coaching a Division II team to coaching a Division I team. “Whether you do it at the high school level or whether you do it at the highest level, Division I or professionally, I think once you sit between the lines coaching basketball is just that and that’s what I’m most excited about.”

Carlsen fills a position that became vacant April 29 when former coach Kathi Bennett resigned.