Panther Alum Katelin Oney Joins UNI Women’s Basketball Staff

UNI women’s basketball head coach Tanya Warren announced the hire of former Panther basketball player Katelin Oney as an assistant coach.

“It’s an awesome day for our program to add Katelin to our coaching staff,” Warren said. “She is energetic, selfless and a terrific teacher with great knowledge of the game. Katelin is a relentless worker who is passionate about helping develop young women both on and off the court. She has tremendous love for our program and we are thrilled to welcome her home.”

Oney, a native of Cedar Rapids, was a sniper for the Panthers, she is still in the top-10 for three-pointers made, field goals attempted and three-point field goal percentage.

She was a member of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 MVC Championship and NCAA Tournament teams. She started 33 games during the 2010-11 season and averaged 9.7 points per game. Her senior season of 2011-12, she led the Panthers in scoring with 465 points.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to coach at UNI and I am honored to have this opportunity to be back home at my alma mater,” Oney said. “I am so proud of this university and the sustained success the women’s basketball program has displayed over the years and am thrilled to be a part of that working alongside Coach Warren and the rest of this incredible staff. I love this university and the community and how it supports our student-athletes in a variety of ways. I am beyond excited to have an opportunity to coach our young women and be a part of the recruitment for future Panthers at this amazing university.”

Oney comes to UNI from Cleveland State where she was an assistant coach for three seasons. She helped lead the Vikings to a 14-9 record and the championship of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. In 2019-20, Cleveland State went 21-11 and advanced to the Horizon League Semifinal. It was just the third 20-win season in program history.

In the spring of 2018, Oney was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 list, which recognizes the top young coaching talent in the country. The award honors those that have exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship, professional manner, and professional association involvement.

Prior to her time at Cleveland, she was an assistant at North Dakota and helped lead UNI to a 20-win season and a Big Sky conference Regular-season title in 2016-17.

Before UND, Oney spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach with Division II St. Mary’s University.

Oney got her start in collegiate coaching at Division II Wayne State College, where she spent two years as a Graduate Assistant with the women’s basketball team. Oney, along with Coach Kielsmeier, led the Wildcats to a 56-11 overall record during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, helping nationally ranked WSC win back-to-back NSIC championships.  

Oney earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in literacy in 2013, and received her master’s in educational-instructional curriculum leadership with an emphasis in elementary education in 2015 from Wayne State College.

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