Carrie (Hofstetter) Eighmey was named the seventh head women's basketball coach in Nebraska-Kearney history on March 31st, 2015.
"I am extremely honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead the UNK Women's Basketball program. Throughout the entire process, it has been evident to me that UNK is committed to success and excellence and I couldn't be more thrilled to join the Loper family," said Eighmey.
She is a native of Edgar, Neb., and graduate of Sandy Creek High School and Hastings College. Whether as a player, assistant coach or head coach, Hofstetter has been a part of not only winning programs but ones that contended for championships on an annual basis.
In her first year at the helm of the Lopers, she took a team that was picked 10th in the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) preseason poll and led it to a 16-14 mark.
This was UNK's first winning season since 2009; the Lopers also advanced to the MIAA Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City for the first time since becoming a league member in 2012. 21138
During the season, UNK handed 2016 MIAA regular season champion Missouri Western State is first loss after an 18-0 start. The 82-76 road win over the then-No. 5 Griffons came after the Lopers beat then-No. 23 Wayne State, 76-59, in November.
Going 9-5 at home, UNK and Hofstetter saw guards Laramey Becker and Alexa Hogberg earn All-MIAA honors. Becker, the 24th Loper to reach the 1,000 career point mark, also made the elite WBCA/All-State Good Works team for basketball, academic and community service work. In the summer of 2016, Hogberg was selected to play with an MIAA All-Star team that traveled to Brazil.
Finally, 12 Lopers were MIAA Academic honor roll qualifiers (over a 3.00 cumulative grade point average).
This past season, UNK overcame the loss of Becker and another senior starter, as well as the season-ending injuries of two sophomores, to place eighth in the MIAA. The Lopers won eight of its final 12 regular season games to host an MIAA Tournament first round game.
26406Playing one of Division II's toughest schedule, UNK twice beat nationally-ranked Central Oklahoma while taking league champion Pittsburg State to overtime on the road.
Having the lowest scoring defense (62.5) by a Loper team in over a decade, UNK also saw junior guard Michaela Barry earn third-team All-MIAA honors. She was among the league leaders in a variety of categories while closing in on 1,000 career points.
Eighmey now has a career coaching record of 96-61 in leading the Loper and Broncos programs for a total of five seasons. Hastings won 25 and 28 games, respectively, in 2014 and 2015, reaching the NAIA Division II Tournament national quarterfinals in 2014 and the semifinals a year later.
Eighmey was the head assistant coach at Hastings for four seasons (2004-08) before holding the same position at MIAA-member Fort Hays State from 2008-12.
As an assistant at Hays, Eighmey was part of a program that had just joined the MIAA. The Tigers won 59 games in her time assisting head coach Tony Hobson, including a 20-9 mark during the 2011-12 season. Hofstetter also played and worked for Hobson at Hastings College.
As a collegiate player, Eighmey was one of the Broncos all-time best players, powering Hastings to four national tournament appearances and 2002 and 2003 national titles. The point guard set school records for career assists and career steals while earning 2004 first-team All-American honors.
Eighmey was then on the bench as an assistant coach when the Broncos won the 2006 national title and made four more national tournament appearances.
At Sandy Creek, she was a part of a 95-game winning streak and four Class C-1 state titles.
YEAR BY YEAR WITH COACH HOFSTETTER
2016-17 12-16 (8-11) MIAA Tournament 1st Round
2015-16 16-14 (11-11) MIAA Tournament Quarters
At Hastings College
2014-15 25-9 (15-5) NAIA Final Four
2013-14 28-6 (16-4) NAIA Elite Eight
2012-13 15-16 (10-10) GPAC Tournament Quarters
Totals 84-42 (52-30)