Hillsdale College is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Fritsche as the seventh head women's basketball coach in program history.
Fritsche comes to Hillsdale after a very successful four-year stint as an assistant at Creighton University in Nebraska. A member of the Big East Conference in women's basketball, Creighton advanced to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament in all four years Fritsche was there, including advancing to the Round of 32 in 2017.
"Coach Fritsche's background has prepared him very well for our position," said Hillsdale College Director of Athletics Don Brubacher. "His disposition, teaching style and systems of play fit Hillsdale College in every respect. We are excited to have him join the Charger family."
He was deeply involved in all aspects of a Creighton program, from opposition scouting, to practice plans, recruiting and player development. His ability to work with players is evidenced by two of his players with the Bluejays – Brianna Rollerson (2017) and Alexis Akin-Otiko (2015) being named Big East Most Improved Player.
"Matt is a great person and a really good communicator," Creighton head coach Jim Flanery stated in the team's 2016-17 media guide. "Matt is a coach who has been able to consistently get the most out of his players and teams. He is a good big-picture guy and he knows the importance of team dynamics and how to keep in mind what is best for the team as a whole."
The Bluejays had an overall record of 78-54 during Fritsche's four seasons with the program, and in 2016-17, Creighton improved by seven wins over 2015-16. Improvement in his teams and players has been a constant theme throughout Fritsche's coaching career, at all levels of basketball.
In 2012-13 Fritsche coached at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, and the team showed substantial improvement even in his single season with the program. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as the head varsity girls basketball coach at Bellevue West High School where the team ascended to the very top of the Nebraska prep ranks.
He led his team to three state championships (2007, 2009, 2010) and one state runner-up finish (2011) in his decade at West High School, and the team advanced to states six times in a seven-year span.
Between 2009 and 2011, Fritsche was named coach of the year by nine different organizations in the state of Nebraska, highlighted by being the 2010 Omaha World-Herald Coach of the Year and the 2009 Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year.
He's also served on the WBCA Nike All-American Committee, which gave him great insight and exposure to the top basketball talent across the states of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota.
On the AAU level, Fritsche coached the Omaha Crusaders Select team, while also organizing a host of fundraising activities and events for his teams throughout his career.
Fritsche is a 1999 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he received a bachelor of arts in education. He completed his master's work at Doane College in Nebraska, earning a master of education in educational leadership. Fritsche and his wife Colleen have two children, Kellen and Kinley.
Madison Choiniere will now see Charger women’s basketball from a new perspective.
After a four-year career with Hillsdale that spanned from 2012-16, Choiniere entered the role of assistant coach effective August 2018. Her roles will include practice planning, on-campus recruiting coordinator and travel logistics planning.
In her four years suiting up for the Chargers, Choiniere (Madison Berry in her playing days), scored 483 points, had 135 rebounds and dished out 153 assists. As a point guard, she started 24 of the 95 career games she played.
She and her husband Ryan, an assistant coach for the Charger men’s basketball team, reside in Hillsdale with their one-year-old son Cooper.
Michele Boykin transitions from player to assistant coach for the Hillsdale College women’s basketball team in 2018-19.
Boykin was a guard for the Chargers from 2014-18, and joins the coaching staff upon the completion of her playing career. She will assist the staff in all aspects of the program's operation.
Meister served a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Winona State University in Minnesota before joing the Chargers for the 2017 season. The Warriors rang up a record of 52-13 during her two seasons there, advancing to the NCAA regional semifinals.
"We are extremely excited to add Katie to the Hillsdale College women's basketball culture," said Chargers head coach Matt Fritsche. "Her experience playing and coaching in good programs will help everyone associated with our program and I cannot think of a better role model for young women than Katie. She is a perfect fit."
Succcess at the Division II college level is no stranger to Meister, who was an excellent four-year player at Augustana in South Dakota. She started five games as a senior in 2013-14, averaging five points and four rebounds per game in 17 minutes of court time. Meister played center for Augustana and helped the team to an 88-36 record over her four years. A six-foot center, she scored 176 points in her career and pulled down 158 rebounds in 67 games played.
Her Augustana team advanced to the Division II Women's Final Four in 2013.
Meister earned a master of science in educational leadership from Winona State in May 2017. She graduated from Augustana in May 2014, majoring in sports management with a communications minor. She spent the 2014-15 season as a volunteer assistant with the University of Mary in Bismarck, South Dakota, assisting with practices, scouting and recruiting.