Heather Oesterle enters her second season as an assistant coach with Carol Owens and the Northern Illinois University women's basketball program. Upon joining the Huskies, she brought with her a wealth of experience of Mid-American Conference basketball.
"Heather has helped us in a number of ways, including recruiting, camps and player development," Owens said. "I've known her throughout the years and really appreciate her professionalism."
Oesterle coordinates all of the Huskies recruiting efforts. On the court, she works with the guards.
She came to Northern Illinois after spending five seasons at MAC East foe Miami (OH). She joined the RedHawks' staff during Miami's MAC Championship season of 2003-04. During her five years in Oxford, Miami posted an 80-72 record, won two MAC championships and made two postseason appearances.
In 2007-08, the RedHawks compiled a 23-11 record, won the MAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. In 2003-04, Miami made an appearance in the WNIT, defeating Xavier in the first round before falling to Iowa State in the second.
While with Miami, Oesterle worked with the RedHawks' post players and coordinated the team's travel.
Oesterle began her coaching career at Stanford in 2002-03 as a volunteer assistant. That season, Stanford posted a 27-5 record, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and was ranked in the Top 15.
She joined the Cardinal after graduating from Michigan in 2002. She was a four-year letterwinner at forward for the Wolverines from 1998-2002. During her four years in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines posted a 76-45 record and made two NCAA appearances. She was named team captain her senior season and also earned the team's Leadership Award following that year.
Oesterle earned her bachelor's degree in sports management and communication from Michigan in 2002, and completed her master's degree in sports studies at Miami in 2008.