Quilling Joins Fighting Illini Staff
June 2, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Green Bay point guard Hannah Quilling has joined the University of Illinois women's basketball staff as director of basketball operations, head coach Matt Bollant announced Monday. Quilling replaces Jessica Abitz, who recently accepted a position as an assistant coach at Upper Iowa University.
"Hannah is a great addition to our staff," head coach Matt Bollant said. "She was a very good player for us at Green Bay and is going to be a star in this profession. I'm so excited to welcome Hannah to our Illini family and I know that she will bring great benefits to our program."
As director of basketball operations, Quilling will handle all aspects of game and practice scheduling, team travel, scheduling of special appearances and will serve as the team's chief liaison with the rest of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Quilling spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Ashford University, an NAIA school in Clinton, Iowa. She helped the Saints to the 2014 Association of Independent Institutions tournament championship, earning Ashford a berth in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championship tournament. It was the first conference championship and appearance in the NAIA D-II tournament in Saints history.
At Green Bay, Quilling finished with the fourth-most games started in school history while leading the Phoenix to one of it best four-year stretches ever. She helped Green Bay to a 122-13 record - including a 68-4 Horizon League mark - four NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011. She led the Horizon League in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2011-12, was sixth in steals per game and ninth in assists per game. She also was named to the Horizon League Honor Roll, earned the UWGB Chancellor's Leadership Medallion, was a two-time recipient of the UWGB University Leadership Award and the Patricia Hinckley Scholarship, and won the JoAnne Jennings Award in 2012.
Quilling was a McDonald's All-American nominee out of Eau Claire North High School and was a two-time Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year. She also was named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 1 All-Star Game and earned MVP honors at the event.
She earned a bachelor's degree in human biology with an emphasis in health science and minors in human development and biology from UW-Green Bay in 2012. Quilling completed a master's degree in organizational management with a focus in organizational leadership from Ashford in 2014.