Division I veteran Autumn Rademacher has joined the Youngstown State Women's Basketball staff as an assistant coach, YSU head coach John Barnes announced on Tuesday.
Rademacher (pronounced RAD-a-maker) has spent every season since 1993-94 at the Division I level as either a student-athlete, assistant coach or head coach. Of those 26 seasons, 15 have come in the Horizon League and 12 have resulted in postseason appearances
"I'm extremely excited to have someone with Autumn's drive and experience join our staff," YSU head coach John Barnes said. "She is a proven recruiter and will bring a lot of energy and expertise to our program. Spending over 20 years coaching and recruiting at the Division I level, she will have an immediate impact for us."
Rademacher spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State. Prior to that, she served as the head coach at her alma mater, Detroit Mercy, from 2008-15, and she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Green Bay from 2004-08. Rademacher spent her first seven seasons as a coach as an assistant at Western Michigan from 1997-2004.
Most recently at Arkansas State, Rademacher helped the Red Wolves to 61 victories and a Women's NIT appearance in four seasons. Among the highlights in her time in Jonesboro, Ark., A-State went 27-6 overall and 19-1 in the Sun Belt Conference to win the regular season title and earn a bid to the WNIT in 2015-16. The Red Wolves set school records for wins (27), longest winning streak (18), consecutive home wins (25) and field-goal percentage (.450) during that season.
The majority of Rademacher's basketball career has been in the state of Michigan, and 11 of those seasons came at Detroit Mercy. She has been a part of Detroit Mercy's most successful teams in the last 30 years with the school's only three postseason appearances and its only three 20-wins seasons since 1987 coming with her on the bench.
As a player, she led the Titans to a 23-7 record and the program's only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996-97, which was her senior year. As her alma mater's head coach from 2008-15, she won 101 games – the most by any coach in program history – and was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2010. The Titans earned three top-25 wins during her tenure, including one at Green Bay when the Phoenix were ranked ninth in the country in 2011-12. Detroit Mercy went 20-14 and played in the Women's NIT in 2011-12, and the Titans posted a 21-13 record and won the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament in 2012-13. Those represented UDM's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1980-81 and 1981-82.
Prior to becoming head coach at Detroit Mercy, Rademacher spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Green Bay. The Phoenix went 105-21 in her four seasons and played twice each in the NCAA Tournament and the WNIT. Before heading to Green Bay, Rademacher helped Western Michigan play in the 2003 NCAA Tournament and earn three WNIT bids in her seven years on the Bronco bench.
As a student-athlete at UDM, Rademacher earned First-Team All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League) as both a junior and senior. She still ranks among the top five in Titans history in career points, assists, 3-pointers and games started.
A native of Traverse City, Mich., and a Third-Team All-State selection at Traverse City High School, Rademacher graduated from Detroit Mercy in 1997 with a degree in criminal justice.