“After conducting a thorough search of extremely talented women’s basketball coaches, I am excited to have Kristen accept the position of becoming our next head coach,” commented Bartelt. “She has been around the game at a high level for a long time. We look forward to her bringing her knowledge and experiences with her to help build our program.”
Rogers has spent her entire career, playing and coaching, in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). She most recently served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Northwood University since 2017. Her duties while with the Timberwolves included coordinating recruiting efforts, directing summer camps, assisting with compliance efforts, and developing scouting reports for upcoming opponents.
The Timberwolves would go 40-45 during her tenure with a pair of appearances in the GLIAC tournament. In her first season, Northwood went 17-11 and reached the semifinals of the GLIAC tournament for only the second time in program history where the Timberwolves fell to Ashland who went on to reach the national championship game of the NCAA tournament. Four different student-athletes would garner All-GLIAC recognition during her three-year stint.
Prior to her time at Northwood, she was the head coach for Lake Superior State for three seasons from 2014-2017. She would coach the program’s all-time best three-point shooter during her tenure and LSSU boasted a 100-percent graduation rate to go with a team grade-point average of at least 3.30 all three seasons. Rogers also assisted the athletic department with marketing alumni relations and served as an assistant advisor for the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
She also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Michigan University from 2011-2014 where she coordinated recruiting efforts and was the lead advisor for SAAC. Rogers helped lead the Wildcats to a 48-36 record during her time including a 22-8 season in her final year. That 2013-14 season saw NMU win their eighth GLIAC tournament championship, first since 2000, and qualify for the NCAA tournament for the 12th time in program history.
“I would like to thank Jason Bartelt and the search committee for their faith in me to lead the women’s basketball program,” commented Rogers. “They have made me feel at home throughout this unconventional process, and I am humbled to join the Marian family. I’ve been blessed to work with some great coaches and mentors and wouldn’t be in this position without them. I look forward to mentoring and serving our student-athletes here at Marian and can’t wait to get started. We will set out to develop championship habits on the court, in the classroom, in the community, and in our lives.”
Rogers played collegiately at Wayne State (Mich.) where she scored 1,056 points over the span of 109 games. She went on to be named All-GLIAC twice during her career with the Warriors and earned a spot on the all-academic team all four years. The Warriors earned a spot in the GLIAC tournament three times in her career including an NCAA tournament appearance as an at-large bid her freshman season. Rogers was especially effective from beyond the arc making 167 three-pointers during her career, good for second all-time in program history. She also recorded the 11th most assists in program history with 278.
After earning a bachelor of arts and sciences in mathematics in 2006, she spent five seasons as an assistant coach for her alma mater to begin her coaching career. She would also earn a master of arts in education with a major in sports administration in the winter of 2007 during this time.