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Katie Tetzlaw was named women's basketball assistant coach at California University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, July 2, 2013.

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By For The Valley Independent
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

With coaching experience at both the NCAA Division II and III levels, Katie Tetzlaw was named an assistant coach for the Cal U women's basketball program.

Tetzlaw served last season as an assistant coach at Slippery Rock following a two-year tenure as head coach at Keystone (Pa.), a NCAA Division III program in La Plume, Pa. She also has served as an assistant coach at Bethany (W.Va.), Allegheny and Washington & Jefferson.

“I'm excited to build upon the strong foundation and winning tradition that been established at Cal U,” said Tetzlaw. “I'm very grateful for the opportunity given to me by head coach Jess Strom and am looking forward to representing and serving Cal U, along with the campus community.”

Tetzlaw replaced Annie Malkowiak, an assistant whose contract was not renewed.

Tetzlaw gained experience in the PSAC and the NCAA Division II level last season as an assistant coach with Slippery Rock. She previously posted a 16-34 overall record as head coach at Keystone. In her second year with the Giants, Tetzlaw guided the program to five straight victories to close the year and finish with an 11-14 overall record, which nearly equaled the win total from the previous two seasons combined.

“Katie brings a great amount of knowledge, along with an unmatched enthusiasm for the game,” said third-year head coach Jess Strom. “She will be a great asset to our coaching staff and players.”

Tetzlaw was a four-year player and three-year starter at Bethany under then-head coach Jina DeRubbo. During her career, she helped the Bison capture three Presidents' Athletic Conference titles and earned All-PAC Honorable Mention status as a senior. In the 2001-02 campaign, Tetzlaw started 10 games and helped the program tie the then-school record for wins in a season and record the program's first victory in the NCAA Tournament. She started a career high 25 games two years later, as the Bison broke the school record with a 23-5 overall record.

Following her playing career, Tetzlaw served one season as a graduate assistant at Bethany before spending two years as an assistant coach at Allegheny. She helped lead the Gators to a 37-17 overall record.

Tetzlaw then served three seasons as an assistant coach under DeRubbo at Washington & Jefferson. The Presidents reached the NCAA Tournament in each of her last two seasons after winning the ECAC South Region Championship in 2007-08. During her time at W&J, Tetzlaw worked with back-to-back PAC Player of the Year recipients in Emily Hays (2008-09) and Kennan Killeen (2009-10).

A product of North Catholic, Tetzlaw earned her undergraduate degree physical education from Bethany in 2004 and completed her master's degree in sport management from Cal U in 2009.

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