And if you don’t think it’s that deep, then you don’t understand PAC-12 women’s basketball is not a hobby, it’s war.
Katie Faulkner served as assistant coach to OSU’s Scott Rueck for five seasons, since the summer of 2016.
During her time in Corvallis, Faulkner is credited with being instrumental in the “development of Oregon State’s bigs” (in her official bio).
More importantly, Katie Faulkner is considered an excellent recruiter.
Faulkner played a part in bringing five-star Pasco, Washington product Talia Van Olhoeffen to the current Beavers roster; as well as the past recruitment of Mikayla Pivec to Corvallis — the former two-time All-PAC-12 guard from Lynwood, Washington
Since Faulkner will serve as the UW Huskies Recruiting Coordinator under Langley, in addition to her assistant coach duties, this is where she must make significant headway for a Washington program that has been operating with a talent deficit for the past four seasons.
Katie Faulkner’s familiarity with recruiting PAC-12 athletes from a national and international recruiting scope, including the Pacific Northwest and Washington State, will enable Coach Langley to expand upon the progress made with Washington’s 2021 recruiting class.
“I spend a lot of my time recruiting. There’s really never a day I don’t go without recruiting. I love connecting with kids and speaking life into their process and coaching them through their college decision. So yes, I’ve been on many a plane throughout my days. Been to Europe and Australia finding kids that fit us.”
Faulkner also has played a part in multiple Oregon State players reaching the WNBA, with 4 OSU players drafted to the WNBA in the past five (5) seasons.
Faulkner’s track record and reputation in developing future WNBA players should be appealing to the top talent that the Huskies need to attract to become a top third PAC-12 program and compete for conference championships.
Finally, during Faulkner’s tenure at Oregon State, the Beavers were 118-37 with four NCAA Tournament berths; plus three trips to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
Equally as impressive, Oregon State had a four-year run being ranked in the national AP Top 25 rankings (which ended last season for the first time since 2016).
Rest assured that Katie Faulkner’s familiarity with sustained success and excellence will be a great boost to the culture of the Washington Huskies women’s basketball program.