The University of Dayton women’s basketball program and head coach Tamika Williams-Jeter announced Kalisha Keane as an assistant coach.
“Kalisha is an emerging young star in our business,” said Coach Williams-Jeter. “She had a phenomenal career at Michigan State with a versatility on the court that transitions to her coaching style. She brings an ability to coach forwards, hybrids, and post players because she played that way. She could shoot the three and she could bang on the inside. It’s going to be really advantageous to us to bring in positionless players and have someone on staff that’s done it and is coaching it at a high level. She’s a star and the players are going to love her. She has an extremely high basketball IQ. We are so happy to have her here and be a part of our family at Dayton.”
“I am so thankful and incredibly humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the family here at the University of Dayton,” said Keane. “I am grateful to Coach Williams-Jeter for the opportunity! I look forward to continuing the proud tradition of UD women’s basketball under her guidance.”
Keane comes to Dayton after three seasons at Long Island University, where she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She spent two seasons before that at her alma mater Michigan State University as a graduate assistant.
Prior to her return to Michigan State, Keane played six seasons professionally in Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Slovakia and Australia, concluding her career with the Melbourne Boomers in 2016-17.
A Scarborough, Ontario native, she played on the Canadian Senior National Team. She represented her country at the FIBA Americas Championship twice, earning a bronze medal in 2011 and averaged 7.5 points and three rebounds per game on the way to a silver medal in 2013.
Keane was a four-year standout for Michigan State from 2007-11, earning All-Big Ten honors each season. She became the program’s sixth All-American and first Big Ten Player of the Year in 2010-11 after averaging 16.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.3 assists per game. In 2009-10, she became the Spartan’s first Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year after an All-Big Ten First Team season with 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 33 games. Keane finished her career tied for the most games played with 136, second in steals with 259, third in 3-point field goals made with 183, and seventh in points with 1,553.
She served as co-founder and directory of women’s outreach and development at Love Live Hoop from 2012-17.
Keane graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011, and earned her master’s degree in Sports Administration.A-10 Dayton