|Newlee rounds out staff|
MOSCOW, Idaho - Idaho women's basketball coach Jon Newlee has rounded out his coaching staff for the 2011-12 season with the addition of Kristi Zeller as assistant coach.
Zeller comes to Idaho from the University of Toledo, where she was a four-year letter winner on the women's basketball team from 2004-2008. After playing four years, Zeller spent one year as a student assistant for the Rockets and two as a graduate assistant.
Some of Zeller's duties in her three years on the staff at Toledo included overseeing video exchange, assisting with recruiting, coordinating community service, overseeing managers and assisting with summer camps.
"Kristi has already had a lot of in-office work as far as the coaching goes," Newlee said. "She has done a lot of the off-the-court things that goes into that position. There won't be a lot of teaching, she'll be able to come in and hit the ground running."
Zeller earned her master's degree in May of this year in liberal studies, and holds her bachelor's degree in social work. As a player for the Rockets, Zeller was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection and was selected as the team's Top Scholar Athlete.
"Her coaching philosophy coincides with ours, and when she came here for her interview we could tell immediately that she would be a great fit with our staff," Newlee said. "She is so well-versed in the things that we needed her to come in and be ready to do. The learning curve for her is going to be very short, and that's what we needed with this July recruiting period coming up and going on into next year."