Seigenthaler jumps Faulkner for AUM post
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (aumathletics.com) — Auburn Montgomery head women’s basketball coach Dan Davis announced the addition of Kris Seigenthaler as assistant coach for the program Wednesday.
Seigenthaler joined the Warhawks following three seasons as assistant coach at former conference rival Faulkner University.
“I am excited to have Kris join our program and the AUM family,” Davis said. “In the few years I have known her, I have always been impressed with her integrity, coaching and professionalism. Kris has worked under some great coaches and people I respect and trust in this profession. I like that she has been through the NAIA/NCAA transition while at Shorter University. Being a Division II student-athlete and competing in the Gulf South Conference while at Montevallo will be a great asset in recruiting the type of players we need to be at the top of the GSC. She brings a passion and work ethic for teaching the game. She is great at communicating and building relationships with her players. She will be a great fit for this program and our team. I can’t wait for her to get started.”
Seigenthaler helped Faulkner to a 45-45 record in her three seasons, including a 17-13 mark in 2013-14. During that season, the Eagles achieved the highest ranking in school history (No. 14) and posted a team grade point average of 3.14. The team also achieved a 3.2 or better team GPA in her other two seasons.
While with the Eagles, Seigenthaler played a key role in the academic progress of the team, as she reviewed academic performance, developed study hall and tutorial plans, and served as an academic counselor for the student-athletes. She also developed a social media plan for the team’s platforms and was the coordinator of Faulkner’s community service initiatives, including the Eagles award-winning Play 4Kay efforts in 2014 and 2016.
On the court, she coached the Eagles’ guards and was in charge of player development, provided scouting reports and assisted with game strategy, served as a strength training coach, organized and conducted summer camps, managed film exchange and coordinated travel for the program. She was also instrumental in recruiting, where she coached a pair of NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Prior to joining the Eagles, Seigenthaler spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. In her two seasons, the Hawks advanced to the first NAIA Sweet 16 in school history, before continuing their transition in the NCAA Division II process her final season. She earned her master’s degree in leadership from Shorter in 2013.
“I have been extremely blessed to have worked with, and learned from, two great coaches and mentors, and am thrilled to have this chance to continue the next stage in my career at AUM,” Seigenthaler said. “I have tremendous respect for Coach Davis and the job he has done to building AUM into a tough competitor. I look forward to helping him continue that tradition in the NCAA.”
A 2011 graduate from the University of Montevallo with a degree in kinesiology, Seigenthaler lettered for the Falcons for four years. As a senior, she was selected a team captain and was named to the Gulf South Conference Honor Roll as a freshman. She was also one of 65 student-athletes from across the nation chosen to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want to be a Coach” program following her senior season.