Tulane associate head coach Katie Meier begins her seventh season on the Green Wave staff, responsible for recruiting, scouting and post player development.
A top-notch collegiate and professional athlete, Meier has been an integral part of the success of the Green Wave progam over the last six seasons, as her low-post troops have won a host of awards. Thanks to Meier's influence, Barbara Farris was an honorable mention All-American and was the third overall pick in the 1998 ABL draft by the New England Blizzard. More recently, Meier helped guide center Janell Burse to a slew of honors. Burse was named the 1999 Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year and the league's Defensive Player of the Year, joining teammate Grace Daley as the only two players in C-USA history to win two player of the year awards in the same season. Burse was also a third-team All-Conference USA selection and was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team.
Prior to joining the Tulane staff, Meier served one season as an assistant at UNC Asheville. Her duties during the 1993-94 season included scouting, recruiting, on-the-floor coaching, player development and game and practice preparation. She also served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Hustle, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) during the summer of 1993.
Meier played professionally in Belgium with the BBC Mini-Flat/Demulle club team, leading the squad to three regular-season First Division titles and one Belgian cup championship from 1990-93.
She also coached the BBC Mini-Flat/Waregem team from 1990-93, leading the team in Belgian National competition. Her teams participated in the Belgian Cup final and won three regular-season regional titles.
Meier also established camps and clinics for youth of the club team and coached a local secondary school girls' team.
A 1989 cum laude graduate of Duke University, Meier earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and language before earning a Master of Arts in Teaching English in 1990.
She was a standout basketball player for the Blue Devils and was chosen ACC Rookie of the Year in 1986. In 1990, Meier was named first-team All-ACC and was twice named ACC Player of the Week. She was the Duke MVP her senior season and was a two-year team captain (1989-90).
In addition to her basketball prowess, Meier excelled in the classroom as well. She was named to the Dean's List from 1986-88 and in 1989 with Distinction. In 1988 she was named to the GTE Academic All-America second team and was awarded the Duke University Senior Leadership Award in 1989.
Meier graduated from Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Ill., where she was a standout in basketball, volleyball and softball. She calls her family the "Brady Bunch" because her mom and dad each had four children when they met.