May 7, 2012
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois women's basketball coach Matt Bollant has announced the addition of Jessica Abitz and Celeste Hoewisch to his staff. Abitz will serve as Director of Basketball Operations while Hoewisch will be the team's video coordinator.
Abitz is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in health. A three-year basketball letterwinner, Abitz was named captain for her senior season of 2007-08. A native of Franksville, Wis., Abitz was the Director of Basketball Operations for UW-Green Bay for the 2011-12 season, coordinating team travel and meals, organizing film exchange and assisting on recruiting visits.
Abitz, who graduated from Shoreland Lutheran High School, has been the junior varsity basketball coach at Oshkosh West as well as a coach for the Wisconsin Shooting Stars. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and past president of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Club at UW-Oshkosh. She has been a presenter at the WBCA Convention, the Wisconsin Heath and Physical Education Convention and the Future Professionals of Wisconsin Heath and Physical Education Workshop.
Hoewisch is one of the top players in Green Bay's illustrious history, earning the Horizon League co-Player of the Year and the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 while also earning honorable mention honors on the State Farm All-America team that season. The Horizon League Tournament MVP scored 14 points in Green Bay's 66-56 victory over Michigan State in the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament, earning the Phoenix a berth in the Sweet 16. She then scored 20 points and made four three-pointers in the regional semifinal vs. Baylor. Green Bay made the tournament three of the four years Hoewisch played.
Hoewisch finished her career tops in school history in games played (132) and was named first team All-Horizon League in both 2010 and 2011 after earning second-team all-conference as a redshirt sophomore in 2009. She ranks fifth in career three-pointers made with 130, fifth in career steals (280) and seventh in career assists (375) in school history. Her 86 steals in 2010-11 are fifth on the Phoenix single-season steals list while her 59 three-pointers that year are seventh best in a season at the school.
A native of Hortonville, Wis., Hoewisch graduated from Green Bay in 2011 with a degree in human biology with a health science emphasis. She earned the Chancellor's Leadership medallion in the spring of 2011, was named a NACDA Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete in both 2010 and 2011 and garnered first team Academic All-Horizon League accolades in 2011.