Katie Abrahamson-Henderson to Leave UAlbany Women’s Basketball, Accepts Head Coach Position at the University of Central Florida
ALBANY, N.Y. – Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who coached the University at Albany women’s basketball team to five America East Tournament titles and the program’s first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament victory, has accepted the head coach position for women’s basketball at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
"I want to thank Coach Abe for the tremendous job she did in building UAlbany into a powerhouse in the America East, winning five consecutive championships and for placing us on the national women's basketball stage with our first ever NCAA Tournament win and appearance in the Second Round," said UAlbany Director of Athletics Mark Benson. "More importantly, I thank her for the way she represented UAlbany on campus and in the community. She has been much more than a great coach; mentoring our student-athletes to be strong, independent young women who will be great leaders after their playing days at UAlbany. We all wish her, Michael, Savannah and Brooklyn the best."
Abrahamson-Henderson, a three-time America East Coach of the Year, served at the helm of UAlbany women’s basketball for six years, leading the Great Danes to the program’s first winning seasons in Division I history. UAlbany has won the last five America East Tournament titles and combined to go 146-47 overall and 83-13 in America East play. The UAlbany women’s basketball team is the only basketball program to win five consecutive America East Tournaments, consequently advancing to the NCAA Tournament five times in as many years.
In the 2015-16 season, UAlbany set new program heights, earning the program’s highest-ever placement in the NCAA Tournament with a 12-seed from the automatic qualifier as the America East Tournament champion and having tied the record for wins with a 28-5 record. On March 18th, UAlbany defeated 5-seed Florida for the program’s first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament victory. The Great Danes fell two days later to 4-seed Syracuse, which is currently in the Women’s Final Four.
In Abrahamson-Henderson’s tenure, UAlbany players set numerous new program records. Three-time America East Player of the Year Shereesha Richards became the second all-time leading scorer in league women’s basketball history and the leading scorer in UAlbany basketball history with 2,440 career points from 2012-16. Second in UAlbany history is another Abrahamson-Henderson player, Ebone Henry, the 2012-13 America East Player of the Year, who finished her career with 1,642 points from 2009-13. Also under Coach Abe’s tutelage were Julie Forster, the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,149 boards from 2009-13, Sarah Royals, UAlbany’s all-time leading assistant with 462 from 2011-15 and Imani Tate, who stands sixth all-time in UAlbany history with 1,207 career points.
UCF is based in Orlando, Fla., and plays in the American Athletic Conference. In the 2015-16 season, the Golden Knights went 7-23 overall with a 4-14 conference record.
"We will begin the search process immediately," said Benson. "I'm confident we will receive much interest in the job given the success we've enjoyed, the resources we commit and a bright future for UAlbany basketball."