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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation
Carissa Sain
Carissa Sain
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 773-702-5142

Carissa Sain concluded her eighth year as Head Women's Basketball Coach in 2019-20. 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 her time with the Maroons, she helped guide the Maroons to a 227-88 record overall, seven NCAA tournament appearances, and three undefeated University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. She has coached players who have garnered 14 All-American honors (WBCA, D3Hoops, DIII News), the 2012 Jostens Trophy Award winner (Taylor Simpson), and 47 All-UAA players, including three UAA Players of the Year (Taylor Simpson, Morgan Herrick and Taylor Lake).

In 2019-20, UChicago posted a 21-6 overall record and won the UAA title. The team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in-a-row, advancing to the second round. Taylor Lake, Mia Farrell and Miranda Burt all surpassed 1,000 career points. Lake was named the UAA Player of the Year, as well as receiving All-American honors from and the WBCA. Sain and her coaching staff garnered UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth time in six years.

The 2018-19 Maroons reached the NCAA postseason for the third-straight season, finishing with a 19-7 overall record. Olariche Obi became the 13th UChicago player to score 1,000 career points.

UChicago's 2017-18 season featured a 24-3 overall record and a perfect 14-0 record in the UAA. The Maroons reeled off the second-longest winning streak in program history with 22-straight and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. UChicago was picked as UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in four years, and Sain was selected as the Central Region Coach of the Year for the second year in-a-row. The Maroons set new school records for steals (350), field goals attempted (1,784) and free throws attempted (617). In the national stat rankings, the Maroons were 12th in free throws made (430), 15th in scoring (77.3 PPG), 19th in free throw attempts (617), 19th in turnover margin (+7.63), 24th in scoring margin (+16.9 PPG) and 27th in steals (13.0 SPG).

The 2016-17 Maroons went 19-8 and reached the second round of the NCAA postseason. Sain reeled in UAA Coaching Staff of the Year and 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 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 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 spent the last 20 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 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 served as a Strength and Conditioning coach for Athletics at UChicago.


Year      Overall
Pct. UAA
2019-20      21-6 .778 11-3 .786 UAA Champions, NCAA 2nd Round
2018-19      19-7 .731 10-4 .714 NCAA 1st Round
2017-18      24-3 .889 14-0 1.000 UAA Champions, NCAA 2nd Round
2016-17      19-8 .704 11-3 .786 NCAA 2nd 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    139-68 .671 78-34 .696 8 Years