Women's Basketball


Mike  Divilbiss
Mike Divilbiss

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Mike Divilbiss is in his third year as associate head coach at the University of Illinois. Divilbiss served four years as an assistant under Bollant at Green Bay after spending 21 years as a collegiate head coach in the Northwest.

Divilbiss brought the swarming "buzz" defense to Illinois and saw immediate results in his first two seasons. In 2013-14, the Illini ranked eighth nationally in steals per game (11.0) and 13th in turnover margin (+5.23 per game), and in 2012-13, the Orange and Blue ranked fifth in steals (12.6 pg) and 14th in turnover margin (+5.24 pg). Illinois led the Big Ten in both categories in Divilbiss' first two seasons in Champaign.

In 2012-13, Illinois broke Big Ten records for steals in a season (417), steals in a Big Ten season (234) and steals per game (14.6) in a Big Ten season, along with the school record for turnovers forced in a season (773). Seniors Adrienne GodBold and Karisma Penn thrived in the system thanks to their length and athleticism, with GodBold earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors and Penn leading the league in steals in conference play.

Divilbiss helped Illinois to a 19-14 mark - the school's best winning percentage in six years - and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Women's NIT in 2012-13, equaling the deepest postseason run in school history. The Illini also went 9-7 in Big Ten play, marking Illinois' first winning conference record in 10 years and equaling the school's best Big Ten record in that span. UI's fifth-place league finish also marked the program's best since 2006-07.

Divilbiss, who has named associate head coach at Green Bay in 2010, helped the Phoenix to a 122-13 record in his four years there, including a combined 65-4 in the past two seasons.

Divilbiss spent seven years as the head coach at Idaho, helping the Vandals to the Big West Conference title game in 2004 and 2005 and earning Big West Coach of the Year honors in 2004. He coached the nation's leading scorer, Emily Faurholt, in 2004, Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist, Leilani Mitchell, in 2006 and three honorable mention All-Americans.

Prior to his stint at Idaho, Divilbiss served as head coach at Lewis & Clark State College for 14 seasons, guiding the Lady Warriors to six NAIA National Tournaments. Lewis & Clark reached the Elite Eight in 1998 and 2000, and the NAIA Final Four in 2001, a year that also saw LCSC win 33 games.

Divilbiss has a 392-241 record as a head coach (.619), 310-122 at Lewis & Clark and 82-119 at Idaho.

A native of Dundee, Ill., Divilbiss graduated from Winona State University in 1981 receiving a bachelor's degree in physical education, and earned a master's degree in physical education from Eastern Washington University in 1987.

Divilbiss and his wife, Judy, have two children, Zachary and Chantel. Zachary graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in physics in May 2014. Chantel played her senior season as a guard on Western Oregon's basketball team in 2013-14 and will graduate in December 2014.

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