Carissa Sain Knoche
Carissa Sain Knoche
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 773-702-5142

Carissa Sain Knoche starts her sixth year as Head Women's Basketball Coach in 2017-18. She was officially named head coach in April 2013 after finishing her first campaign as the Acting Head Coach at the University of Chicago in 2012-13. She previously served as assistant coach for four seasons.

During that time, she has helped guide the Maroons to a 163-72 record overall, four NCAA tournament appearances, and consecutive undefeated University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. She has coached players who have garnered 11 All-American honors (WBCA, D3Hoops, DIII News), the 2012 Jostens Trophy Award winner (Taylor Simpson), and 37 All-UAA players, including two UAA Players of the Year (Taylor Simpson and Morgan Herrick).

The 2016-17 Maroons went 19-8 and reached the second round of the NCAA postseason. Sain Knoche and her assistants were picked as UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in three years. Sain Knoche was also selected as the Central Region Coach of the Year. Miranda Burt was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and the Central Region Rookie of the Year. UChicago also set school records for steals in a season (340), field goal attempts in a season (1,730), points in a game (113) and three-pointers in a game (15).

In 2015-16, UChicago finished with a 16-9 record, and Olariche Obi was named the fourth UAA Rookie of the Year in program history.

In 2014-15, the Maroons were UAA champions with a 12-2 conference mark. Sain Knoche and her assistants were named UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. UChicago won 12-straight games during the conference season and finished with an 18-7 overall record.

In 2013-14, UChicago set new school records with 201 three-pointers made, 570 three-pointers attempted and a .782 free-throw percentage.

Sain Knoche has spent the last 17 years in the UAA. Her first eight years were spent at Carnegie Mellon University as a player (2000-05) and an assistant coach (2005-08). As a player, she was a four-year starter, a three-time All-UAA pick and finished her career as CMU's sixth-leading all-time scorer with 1,189 points. She also set CMU marks for most 3-point field goals in a career (175) and season (54).

Sain Knoche holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a master's degree in exercise physiology with a focus on performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She also graduated from the first Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network (GAIN) Apprentorship in 2008. Sain Knoche serves as a Strength and Conditioning coach for Athletics at UChicago.


Year      Overall
Pct. UAA
2016-17      19-8 .704 11-3 .786 NCAA Secound Round
2015-16      16-9 .640 8-6 .571  
2014-15      18-7 .720 12-2 .857 UAA Champions
2013-14      15-10 .600 9-5 .643  
2012-13      7-18 .280 3-11 .214  
Totals      75-52 .590 43-27 .614 5 Years