Kevin Borseth was named the eighth head coach of the University of Michigan women's basketball program on April 10, 2007. Believed to have one of the best basketball minds in the country, Borseth's name has become synonymous with success in his 29 years as a college head coach.
Borseth continues to take the Wolverines to new heights. The 2010-11 season saw Michigan knock of three consecutive opponents ranked in the top 25 including sweeping rival, Ohio State, in the regular season for the first time in program history while Borseth picked up his 500th NCAA victory in a U-M win over the then-No. 14 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Wolverines, who posted a record of 17-13 and advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season, finished the Big Ten slate tied for fourth with a 10-6 record earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and received a first round bye for the first time since the 2000-01 season. For the fourth consecutive season a Wolverine earned All-Big Ten honors as senior guard Veronica Hicks earned All-Big Ten third team honors from the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades from the coaches. For the third consecutive season a Wolverine reached the 1,000 point mark. Veronica Hicks' became U-M's 21st 1,000-point scorer and concludes her career as one of just five players to reach 1,000 points, 200 assists and 150 steals.
Borseth and his staff led the Michigan women's basketball team to a historical season in 2009-10. After posting a 10-20 record in 2008-09, the Wolverines completed the best turnaround in school history finishing with the first 20-win season in nearly a decade with a 21-14 record and a spot in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). U-M's 21 wins is the second most wins in school history.Michigan opened the season with a 9-2 record, the best start to the season since the 2000-01 season, and picked up two wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including the first-ever road win over a nationally-ranked opponent when they defeated then-No. 8 Xavier in Cincinnati.
Under Borseth's tutelage, Veronica Hicks was one of six players named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors along with teammate Carmen Reynolds. Freshman Dayeesha Hollins turned in one of the finest freshman seasons by a Wolverine and became the first women's basketball player in Big Ten history to be named both Freshman and Player of the Week and was the first Wolverine to be named to the All-Freshman Team.
Several Wolverines also reached personal milestones during the 2009-10 season. Krista Phillips became the second player to reach the 1,000 point plateau during Borseth's tenure while Carmen Reynolds set the mark for three-point field goals in a season with 83 three-pointers and Veronica Hicks set the mark for three-point field goal attempts with 208. As a team, U-M set the single-season record for points with 2,308 and also set new single-season marks in three-point field goals (250) and three-point field goals attempted (714).
Borseth didn't disappoint in his first season at the helm of the Michigan women's basketball program. He and his staff orchestrated the second-best one-year turnaround in the history of the program. Taking a team that finished 10-20 and hadn't posted a winning record in six seasons, to a 19-14 record and its first postseason berth in six years.In the first year under Borseth, U-M finished the Big Ten regular-season tied for seventh place, which was the highest finish in the league since 2001. The Wolverines also won a Big Ten Tournament game for the first time in four years with a 64-54 win over Penn State on March 6.
The 2007-08 season also saw Michigan advance past the second round of a national tournament for the first time in program history. U-M set a new single-season record for home victories with 12, while improving in nearly every single statistical category. The Wolverines made a program record 209 three-pointers and led the Big Ten in triples made per game with 6.33 per contest, while ranking second among conference teams in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to just 57.3 points per game.
Several Wolverines also received accolades throughout the season. Jessica Minnfield's 52 three-point field goals ranked second all-time in school history as she led the Big Ten in three-point shooting at a .406 clip. Carly Benson was named to the All-Big Ten third team by the coaches, marking U-M's first selection since 2005.
Borseth and the Wolverines also reached some significant milestones during his second season. Michigan took on six nationally-ranked opponents and picked up two wins over nationally-ranked Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. The victory over then-No. 8 Notre Dame marked the highest ranked opponent the Wolverines have defeated in program history. In addition, Michigan claimed the Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle Classic, taking home an in-season tournament title for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
In his second season Borseth became the second fastest U-M coach to win 25 games, needing only 43 games to reach the feat and led the Wolverines to several impressive feats. Senior Carly Benson became the 19th, 1000-point scorer and had two of her best seasons under Borseth's tutelage while the Wolverines again led the Big Ten in three-point field goals made with 6.57 three-pointers per game.
Senior Jessica Minnfield concluded her career with 387 career assists placing her fourth all-time while Minnfield and Benson set a new mark for career appearances, each appearing in 122 games--neither missing a game in their U-M career.
The 56-year-old Borseth has utilized a passionate, enthusiastic and animated brand of basketball that has allowed his teams to compete with the top programs in the nation. He is using the same approach as he restores pride in Michigan women's basketball and puts it back on the national map.
In his 22 years as a head coach at the NCAA Division I and II levels, Borseth owns a 508-220 (.698) career record. He has strung together 19 consecutive winning seasons, including 15 campaigns with at least 20 victories, while his teams have won or shared 13 regular-season conference championships. Borseth has carried his success over into the postseason as well, capturing eight league tournament titles and guiding his teams to 14 NCAA and three WNIT appearances in two decades on the hardwood.
Prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor, Borseth spent nine years at the helm of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's program. Under his direction, the Phoenix earned nine straight postseason appearances, including seven berths in the NCAA Tournament. Borseth compiled a 216-62 (.777) record as head coach of UW-Green Bay and his teams cracked the Associated Press Top 25 on three occasions in five years. The Phoenix claimed the Horizon League regular-season championship every year Borseth was on the bench, capturing the conference tournament title seven of those years.
Borseth garnered Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in all but two of his nine seasons at UW-Green Bay. While at UW-Green Bay Borseth was recognized as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Region VI Coach of the Year and was named a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award. He was also elected to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2004.
Before taking the helm at UW-Green Bay, Borseth spent 11 years as head coach of the women's program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. During his tenure, Borseth accumulated a 225-97 (.699) record, claimed four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championships, and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament seven times. During the 1992-93 campaign, Borseth led the Huskies to a 30-3 mark en route to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
From 1987-98, Borseth was named GLIAC Coach of the Year on five occasions in addition to being honored as the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year twice. As the all-time winningest coach in Michigan Tech history, Borseth was named to the Huskies' Hall of Fame in 1999.
Borseth began his coaching career in 1982 as the mentor of the Gogebic Community College women's program in Ironwood, Mich. In five seasons at GCC, Borseth led the team to a 65-51 (.560) overall record. He also spent time as an assistant football coach at Bessemer (Mich.) High School for a pair of seasons, helping the team to a 20-3 record.
Borseth graduated from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. As a member of the Laker basketball roster, Borseth helped his team to a 27-3 record over two years as well as a 1976 NAIA championship berth. Prior to his time at LSSU, Borseth attended Gogebic Community College and played for the Samson basketball team.
A native of Bessemer, Mich., Borseth and his wife, Connie, have five children, sons KC and Kale and daughters Carli, Kayla, and Kaitlyn.
The Kevin Borseth File Birthday: June 9, 1954 Hometown: Bessemer, Mich. High School: A.D. Johnston College: Lake Superior State, 1976 (B.A. Business Administration) Family: Married, wife Connie; children KC, Carli, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Kale