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Kate Peterson Abiad

Kate Peterson Abiad graduated from River Falls High School in 1987. She participated in softball and voted all conference in the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Kate participated in basketball, where she was awarded honorable mention all-conference in 1985-86, first team all-conference and team MVP in 1986-87.

After graduating from River Falls High School, Peterson Abiad went on to earn Kodak All-American honors at UW-Stevens Point in 1991, setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game (3.85).  Also in 1991, she was selected First team All-WWIAC, team MVP, and team captain.  She was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Hall of Fame in 2000.

Kate quickly got into coaching after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1991, spending two years at Indiana (1991-93) and four years at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) as an assistant coach.

She was hired as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 1997, spending the next six seasons with the Badgers, helping them to three NCAA appearances and two NIT appearances, including the 2000 title.

In addition, Peterson Abiad helped the Badgers bring in two top-10 freshman classes during her final four years with the Badgers and was responsible for the signing and development of WNBA draftees Tamara Moore and Jessie Stomski and was instrumental to the Badgers inking Nina Smith, who was named the 1999 National Player of the Year by USA Today.

Peterson Abiad received her first head coaching job when she was hired at Cleveland State on April 25, 2003, and has built the Vikings into one of the top teams in the Horizon League.

She led CSU to its first-ever Horizon League tournament title and NCAA berth in 2008 and again in 2010. She ranks second on the all-time wins list at Cleveland State with 106 after leading the Vikings to 21 wins last season, the second most in school history.

Kate married her husband Phil Abiad in 2007, and they have a daughter named Mea Grace.