CMU Introduces Goestenkors as Associate Head Coach

MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan held a virtual press conference on Monday to introduce its new women’s basketball associate head coach, Gail Goestenkors. The hall-of-fame coach joins Heather Oesterle’s staff.

Oesterle, who is entering her second year in charge of the program, said she couldn’t believe the Chippewas added a high-caliber coach like Goestenkors to their staff.

“The first night after I talked to Gail, I woke up and was like, is this for real?” Oesterle said. “I looked at my phone between the texts between Gail and I and was like, this is for real. She’s coming here.”

Goestenkors coached at Duke from 1992-2007 before taking the head coaching job at Texas from 2007-2012. She also worked in the WNBA with the Sparks and Fever as a consultant and then an assistant coach.

She led the Blue Devils to the Final Four four times and to a pair of national championship appearances. She also was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004 and 2008.

Goestenkors has multiple connections to CMU, as she played basketball at Saginaw Valley State when former CMU coach Sue Guevara was an assistant coach there. She had heard about the program from Guevara and from Mark Simons, who recently retired from coaching at CMU.

“Heather is wise beyond her years because she’s had so many great experiences,” Goestenkors said. “I’d say it’s always about the people and I think Heather’s doing a great job of bringing people together.”