Mustang alum Abby Oakland picked to be assistant women’s hoops coach

Former Mustang athlete Abby Oakland will rejoin the Southwest Minnesota State University athletic department as an assistant coach for the SMSU women’s basketball team, head coach Allison Kruger announced Thursday.

Oakland, a Fulda native, competed for the Mustangs in both women’s basketball and women’s golf from 2005-09 and earned Academic All-NSIC honors three times in each sport.

Oakland comes to SMSU after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bemidji State, helping the Beavers to an 11-16 record last season.

“Abby is a perfect fit for our team and the Mustang women’s basketball program,” said Kruger, who enters her fourth season leading the Mustangs. “As an SMSU alum, Abby has a passion to be a Mustang and her desire to help this program become successful is incredible. She is an excellent recruiter and will do a great job of coaching our guards. Her experience as a player and a coach in the NSIC will be invaluable and I can’t wait to start working with Abby.”

Oakland played 114 games for the Mustang women’s basketball team with 103 starts. She tallied 689 total points and 330 assists, which ranks seventh in school history. Her 85.6 free-throw percentage is a school record and her 96 3-pointers is tied for ninth in school history.

As a golfer, Oakland helped SMSU to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and she earned All-NSIC honors three times. Her career stroke average of 82.6 ranks eighth in school history.

Oakland graduate from SMSU in sports management in 2009 and earned her master’s degree from Northern State in 2011 with a degree in education. Prior to joining the Bemidji State coaching staff, she spent one season (2011-12) as an assistant women’s basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Oakland’s coaching career started in 2009 when she began the first of two seasons spent as a graduate assistant at Northern State.