Women's Basketball

Diane Hobin
Diane Hobin

Assistant to the Head Coach

7th Season

Alma Mater:
Hofstra (1995)

Diane Hobin is in her seventh season as the assistant to the head coach for the University of Illinois women's basketball program. Hobin performs a myriad of jobs for the Fighting Illini, including coordinating travel plans and assisting in the maintenance of the recruiting database. She also works with alumni and the Courtsiders, in addition to assisting with game management, summer camps and general day-to-day operations of the program.

Hobin spent three years as a National Account Manager for CyberSports, Inc., in New Hartford, N.Y., before coming to Illinois. CyberSports revolutionized college recruiting by developing a database used by many schools around the country to maintain organization and day-to-day operations in recruiting. Hobin served many roles for the company, including sales, training, maintenance and support. Prior to her stint at CyberSports, Hobin spent four years (1996-2000) at Stony Brook University in New York as both an Assistant to the Athletic Director and as Head Softball Coach.

Hobin attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., from 1991-95, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1995 with a minor in sociology. She was twice named Hofstra's Female Athlete of the Year (1993-94 and 1994-95) after excelling in basketball, softball and field hockey.

On the basketball court, Hobin was a four-year starter at guard and amassed 1,061 points, 538 assists and 216 steals in her career. She still ranks in the top-10 on seven different career or single-season lists at Hofstra, including second in career assists (538). She led the team in assists in each of her four seasons and also led the Pride in three-point field goal shooting twice (1993-94 and 1994-95) and free throw percentage once (1991-92).

On the softball field, she was a two-time Mid-Atlantic Region All-American as well as twice being named a North Atlantic and East Coast Athletic All-Conference selection as an outfielder and lead-off hitter. A career .345 hitter, Hobin amassed 184 hits, 98 runs, 55 RBI, 23 doubles and 18 stolen bases while starting 182 of 189 career games. In field hockey, Hobin was a four-year starter at the attack position.

In 66 career games for Hofstra, she scored 18 goals, assisted on 18 others and was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1993-94.

Hobin was inducted into the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2009.


October 2, 1973

Holland Patent, N.Y.

College Education
Hofstra University
Bachelor of Arts, 1995
Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology

Playing Experience
Hofstra University, 1991-95
Also played field hockey and softball

Coaching Career
Stony Book University
Head Softball Coach, 1996-2000

University of Illinois
Assistant to the Head Coach, 2005-present

updated November 2011