May 23, 2006
(San Francisco) - University of San Francisco head women's basketball coach Tanya Haave announced the hiring of Abby Conklin as assistant coach. Conklin joins the Dons after serving as assistant coach at the University of Wyoming. Previously she was head varsity basketball coach at Trinity High School (River Forest, IL) where she led the team to the IHSA Regional Championship. As a player, Conklin was a standout for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols and starter on the 1996 and 1997 NCAA National Championship teams. Picked 23rd in the 1997 ABL draft, Conklin played for the Atlanta Glory in 1997-1998.
"I am delighted to welcome Abby to our staff," commented coach Haave. "Abby is a tough competitor and has the right blend of basketball know how, leadership and enthusiasm to make an immediate impact on our team."
Named to the All-SEC second team in 1997, Conklin earned numerous awards throughout her playing career, including the Lady Volunteer Leadership Award in 1997 as well as the Most Improved Player Award in both the 1993-94 and 1995-96 seasons. A three-time All-SEC Academic selection and team captain her senior year, Conklin has significant postseason experience.
Following her stellar college career, Conklin, who graduated from Tennessee in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, played professionally for the ABL's Atlanta Glory (1997-1998). She later joined the University of North Carolina, Asheville as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
From 2003 - 2004, Conklin served as head coach at Trinity High School where she posted a 20-9 record, winning the 2003-2004 IHSA Regional Championships and the Sectional Runner up. During her stint as assistant coach for the Wyoming Cowgirls, Conklin focused on player development, scouting, travel and recruiting.
Commenting on her new role, Conklin said, "I look forward to working with coach Haave and the other members of her team. I am committed to helping USF elevate the women's basketball program to the highest levels."