DAVENPORT - St. Ambrose University has named Krista Van Hauen as the new head coach of the Queen Bees' women's basketball team, Director of Athletics Ray Shovlain announced Wednesday.
Van Hauen, a graduate of Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock, becomes the 10th head coach of the women's basketball program and replaces Nathan Altenhofen, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Indiana University in mid-May.
"Krista is an outstanding choice for St. Ambrose University," said Shovlain. "Along with being a quality person and coach, she brings critical and valuable recruiting experience at different college levels. We are excited to be able to add her to our staff."
Van Hauen spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado. She previously served as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Bradley University, and has been an assistant coach at Cornell College, Grundy Center High School and Waldorf College.
Van Hauen was a three-time conference MVP of the NICL West at Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock before going on to play at Waldorf. She was a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2001, leading the Warriors to a third-place finish at the national tournament.
"After growing up in Iowa and having played both high school and college basketball in Iowa, I know the quality of talent that is part of the Hawkeye State," said Van Hauen. "In addition, with my previous coaching jobs I have gained many valuable experiences in assessing and recruiting top athletes from the midwest."
"I'm so excited to meet the players," Van Hauen added. "I am confident that through hard work, teamwork and respect for oneself and others we will take the program to a higher level."
Van Hauen inherits a squad that went 24-8 last season, led by Marshalltown High School graduate Ali Dolphin. Dolphin, a two-time All-American, will be a senior next winter. The Queen Bees have won at least 20 games each of the last five seasons.