YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Michigan State assistant AnnMarie Gilbert has been named head coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Gilbert has spent 16 years on the sideline, including the last five seasons as a Spartans assistant. During that time, Michigan State went 120-44, and in 2005 reached its first NCAA title game. As Michigan State's recruiting coordinator, Gilbert helped bring in top-25 recruiting classes each of the past four years.
Gilbert succeeds Suzy Merchant, who became Michigan State's new head coach in late April after Joanne P. McCallie left for Duke.
This is Gilbert's second stint as a head coach; she formerly spent eight years (1994-2002) as the head women's basketball coach of NCAA Division III Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The Yeoman made six appearances in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) postseason tournament during her tenure.
"When we began our search for a new head coach to follow Suzy Merchant we knew it would be a difficult one," EMU Athletics Director Dr. Derrick Gragg said. "The pool of candidates was exceptional and despite the quality of prospective coaches, one name kept coming to the top in all of our research. … AnnMarie has proven her ability as a coach and recruiter and we are confident that success will follow her."
Added Gilbert: "Recruiting is the key to winning MAC championships and advancing to NCAA tournaments. Our staff will be committed to signing the top players not only within the state of Michigan, but in the Midwest and nationally in order to build upon the winning foundation that has already been laid here."
Gilbert played for two seasons (1986-88) at Mid-American Conference member Ohio University. She transferred to Oberlin for her junior and senior seasons (1989-91), where she was a two-time Kodak First-Team All-American, a two-time NCAC Player of the Year, the Honda Division III Athlete of the Year and the Champion USA/WBCA Player of the Year in 1991.
As a junior at Oberlin, Gilbert led the nation in scoring as a junior (31.1 points per game) and was the nation's second-leading scorer as a senior (31.3 ppg). She set the NCAA Division III record for points in a game with 61 against Allegheny, Feb. 6, 1991. She is still the Oberlin record holder for points in a season (778, 1989-90), field goals in a game (28), field goals in a season (319) and free throws made and attempted in a game (13-of-17 vs. Case Reserve, Jan. 6, 1990).
In just two seasons as a player at Oberlin, she registered 1,527 points to become the school's leading scorer, a record which stood until 2002. All told, Gilbert set 24 school records and 10 conference records as a player and still holds 10 standing NCAA Division III records.
She received an invitation to compete for the U.S. team in the 1990 Pan Am Games trials in Colorado Springs. Oberlin retired her jersey in 1994 and in 2001 she was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletic Hall of Fame.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a minor in economics from Oberlin in 1991.
Gilbert has a daughter, Jada, who was born Dec. 13, 2001, and a son, Jaden, who was born Aug. 31, 2004.