NIU women’s basketball promotes from within
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University head women’s basketball coach Kathi Bennett announced that two members of the women’s basketball staff have been promoted to new roles, as NIU Hall of Famer Debbie Whitman moves into an assistant coaching position and Stephanie Smith takes over as director of basketball operations.
Whitman, a 1993 graduate of NIU, spent the 2012-13 season with the Huskies as director of basketball operations. A three-year letterwinner for the NIU women’s basketball team from 1990-93, Whitman helped lead the Huskies to a 1991 WNIT appearance and the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Tournaments.
Prior to joining Bennett’s staff in 2012, Whitman worked as an assistant coach at North Central College, a Division III school in Naperville. She was the head coach of the DeKalb High School girls basketball program from 2005-10, where her teams posted a 95-51 record. She spent two years as an assistant at DeKalb before assuming the head coaching duties.
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