BEMIDJI - Bemidji State women's basketball head coach Mike Curfman announced the hiring of Abby Oakland as an assistant coach for the women's basketball program. Oakland, whose primary responsibility will be to oversee the recruiting process, is familiar with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after a four-year playing career and a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach in the league.
"We are thrilled to be adding Abby to our staff," Curfman said. "Her background as a player and coach in the NSIC will be a real asset as a recruiter and in her on-court responsibilities. She has a feel for the type of athletes we need and what they need to do to be successful in this conference."
Oakland spent the 2011-12 season as the assistant women's basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Prior to her time at Central College she was a graduate assistant at Northern State University, where she earned a master's degree in education. Oakland gained an undergraduate degree in sport management from Southwest Minnesota State, while playing four years of women's basketball and competing on the Mustang women's golf team.
"I'm excited to be back in the NSIC and my home state of Minnesota," Oakland said. "In addition to being great athletes, the young ladies on the team are good people with a lot of potential. I'm honored to be working with Coach Curfman and Coach Mark Bagaason. They both have good basketball minds and a lot of experience."
"Success begins with recruiting and I'm excited to be involved in that process," Oakland added.
At Central College, Oakland coordinated game film, assisted practice and game preparation, worked with perimeter players and recruited. As head coach of the Dutch junior varsity team she developed younger players and managed practices and games. As a graduate assistant at Northern State (2009-11), Oakland's primary duties included coordination of game film, assisted in game planning and worked with guards and small forwards on the perimeter.
A four-year letterwinner for both the SMSU women's basketball and women's golf teams, Oakland earned academic All-America, NSIC all-academic and SMSU Scholar awards.
She completed her senior season on the basketball team averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. She guided the team in 3-point field goals made with 40 and posted a 32.3 percentage from beyond the arc.
Oakland also led the team in steals with 42, shot 35.3 percent from the field and was a 90.6 free throw shooter.