In Heather Oesterle’s six seasons on coach Sue Guevara’s Central Michigan staff, the Chippewas have won at least 20 games five times, have made five postseason appearances including a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2013, won a Mid-American Conference Tournament title, and have captured two MAC West crowns.
After serving as an assistant coach her first two seasons at CMU, Oesterle was promoted to associate head coach in July, 2012.
Her primary responsibilities at CMU include serving as the recruiting coordinator, player development and scouting. On the court, she works primarily with the post players.
Oesterle has been instrumental in the development of several standout student-athletes in her time at CMU, including 2014 MAC Player of the Year Crystal Bradford, who became the first Chippewa in history drafted by the WNBA when she went to the Los Angeles Sparks with the seventh overall pick in 2015.
She also worked closely with Kaihla Szunko, who became the first player in MAC history to finish with 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds, and at least 200 career steals; and with Taylor Johnson, who became the first player in CMU history to twice earn MAC Sixth Player of the Year honors.
Oesterle brought seven years of experience in the MAC when she joined Guevara’s staff prior to the 2010 season. She served as an assistant at Northern Illinois from 2008-10, and at Miami (Ohio) from 2003-08.
At NIU, Oesterle worked as the recruiting coordinator, with the team’s guards, on offensive game planning and was the program’s summer camps director. At Miami, she worked with all five positions during her tenure, handled the travel arrangements, and the summer skills camps. She also created and organized the Miami FastBreak Booster Club.
Oesterle served as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford in 2002-03, helping the Cardinal to a 27-5 finish, the Pac 10 regular-season and tournament titles, and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, Oesterle was a four-year contributor at Michigan during Guevara’s tenure as the Wolverines’ head coach.
Oesterle served as Michigan’s 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.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan in 2002 and her masters in sports studies from Miami in 2008.
Oesterle is a native of Mason, Mich., and a graduate of Mason High School. She was a high school teammate of Kristin Haynie, who also serves as an assistant on the Chippewa staff.
Oesterle was a Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection as a high school senior. She is Mason’s career scoring leader 1,451 points.