PEORIA, Ill. -- Former Northern Illinois standout Kristin Wiener has joined the Bradley women's basketball staff as Director of Operations announced by first-year BU head coach Mike Brooks Wednesday. Wiener served as a marketing assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx since December following a four-year professional playing career.
A 2007 Northern Illinois graduate with degrees in corporate communication and public relations, Wiener played one year in Portugal and three years in Spain after graduation. Following her playing days she worked with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA as a marketing assistant. In this role, Wiener helped promote single-game ticket sales through community events in addition to assisting with community promotional appearances.
"Our program is very lucky to add Kristin to our staff," said Brooks. "Her exceptional basketball background and varied experiences throughout her professional career make her the ideal selection for this position. She understands what it takes to be successful and will mentor our team to new levels of accomplishment."
In addition to playing professionally in Spain, Wiener served as a grade school basketball coach during her time in Zaragoza, Spain, where she also taught conversational english to students.
"I am extremely excited to join coach Brooks' staff at Bradley University," stated Wiener. "His outlook for the program is inspiring and I look forward to instilling that enthusiasm into the student-athletes so they can excel on the court and in their careers upon graduation. I can't wait for the season to get started."
A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Wiener averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during her four-year career at NIU. A third-team All-Mid American Conference pick as a senior after averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing, she ranks 14th in career scoring at Northern Illinois in addition to ranking 14th in career rebounding. An honorable mention all-conference honoree as a junior, she led the Huskies in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots each of her last two seasons in DeKalb, Ill.