Heather Oesterle
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Michigan
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: (989) 774-1140
Heather Oesterle
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 03/23/2012

Heather Oesterle made a big impact on Central Michigan in her three seasons at Central Michigan, as the Chippewas have won 20-plus games and appeared in the postseason in each season since her arrival.

After serving as an assistant coach her first two seasons, Oesterle was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2012.

In her first season as the associate head coach, Oesterle and the Chippewas claimed the program's first Mid-American Conference Tournament championship since 1984 and a first-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament versus Oklahoma. Oesterle has been instrumental in the development of 2013 MAC Tournament MVP, All-MAC First-Team selection and World University Games gold medalist Crystal Bradford. 

Her primary responsibilities at CMU include serving as the recruiting coordinator, player development and scouting. On the court, she works primarily with the shooting guards.

Oesterle was part of a coaching staff in 2011-12 that led CMU to its fourth trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals in as many season, its second trip to the semifinals, and the first trip to the championship game since 1991. The Chippewas put together the fifth 20-win campaign in program history, and received an at-large bid to the WNIT for the second consecutive season, the program's fourth postseason berth.

She worked closely with Kaihla Szunko, who became the first player in MAC history to finish with 1,000 career points and rebounds, and at least 200 career steals. Szunko made 195 field goals in her only season with Oesterle, the fourth-most in program history, and earned second-team All-MAC honors.

Oesterle also mentored Taylor Johnson, who became the first player in CMU history to earn MAC Sixth Player of the Year honors and earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman team. In 2012 Johnson was a member of the All-MAC Honorable Mention team.

A seven-year veteran of the Mid-American Conference, Oesterle joined the Chippewas in the summer of 2010.

Oesterle spent the previous two seasons at Northern Illinois University and the five seasons prior at Miami University, serving as an assistant coach at both stops. 

She served as the recruiting coordinator at NIU, worked primarily with the guards and held a significant role in the offensive game planning. She also acted as the program's summer camps director.

At Miami, Oesterle worked with all five positions on the floor during her tenure and handled the travel arrangements as well as the summer skills camps. She also created and organized the Miami FastBreak Booster Club.

Oesterle joined MU after serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach for a Stanford University program that finished the season 27-5 and ranked among the top-15 in the nation while advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to her stint with the Cardinal, Oesterle was a four-year contributor for the University of Michigan women's basketball team during Guevara's tenure as the head coach of the Wolverines. Oesterle served as the team captain in 2001-02 and was honored with the program's Leadership Award following her senior season. She helped the Wolverines to a four-year record of 76-45 (.628) that included two NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances.

"Heather knows the MAC and is very excited to help us compete for a MAC title," Guevara said. "She will be involved in every aspect of our program and help us reach the next level."

A native of Mason, Mich., where she was a Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection as a high school senior, Oesterle set the Mason High School career scoring record with 1,451 points during her prep career. She graduated from UM in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and graduated from MU in 2008 with a master's degree in sport studies.


The Oesterle File
2002-2003 Stanford University Volunteer Assistant Coach
2003-2008 Miami University Assistant Coach
2008-2010 Northern Illinois University Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2010-Present Central Michigan University Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator