Karen Lange
Karen  Lange

Raleigh, N.C.

Associate Head Coach


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Karen Lange, who has more than two decades of playing and coaching experience at college basketball's highest levels, was named associate head coach for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs on April 24, 2015.

Her ability to teach, motivate and challenge student-athletes could be felt in her first season in Athens. Lange played a crucial role in the development of Georgia's guard players, helping seniors Tiaria Griffin and Shacobia Barbee earn All-SEC honors under her tutelage. 

Lange was instrumental in leading the Lady Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history, while helping Georgia to yet another 20-win season. 

Lange came to Georgia following four seasons at Charlotte, including two seasons as associate head coach. In addition, she served as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for seven seasons from 1997-2004 and at Kansas for six seasons from 2004-10. Lange was head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, during the 2010-11 season.

Lange was a standout point guard at Iowa from 1992-96 as the former Karen Clayton.

In a combined 22 seasons as a player and coach at the Division I level, Lange's teams have reached postseason play 19 times. That ledger includes Iowa's first trip to the Final Four in 1993, Virginia Tech's first NCAA "Sweet 16" appearance in 1999, Kansas' runner-up finish in the 2009 WNIT and Charlotte's advancement to the WNIT "Sweet 16" in 2013.

"I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to join Joni's staff and to be a part of the University of Georgia," Lange said upon her hiring. "Joni has been an up-and-coming star in our profession and is one of the most well-respected coaches in women's basketball. The challenge of competing in the SEC and at the elite level nationally is exciting to me. I look forward to building on the rich tradition that is already established here at Georgia and in the SEC. Go Dawgs!"

Lange has enjoyed stellar success recruiting and developing perimeter players throughout her coaching tenure. She brought consensus high school All-Americans such as Dawn Chriss and Angel Goodrich to Virginia Tech and Kansas, respectively. Such talent continued to blossom under Lange's tutelage. Her work with guards has produced three All-Americans (Lisa Witherspoon at Virginia Tech and Goodrich and Danielle McCray at Kansas), one freshman All-American (Carrie Mason at Virginia Tech), five conference end-of-season award winners, 19 all-conference honorees and three future WNBA players (Kerri Gardin at Virginia Tech and Goodrich and McCray at Kansas).

As a player, Lange was a member of Iowa teams that reached three NCAA Tournaments, following the 1993 Final Four appearance with trips to the 1994 second round and 1996 "Sweet 16." She also helped Iowa capture Big Ten Championships in 1993 and 1996.

Individually, Lange was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior in 1996 and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well. She led the Hawkeyes in assists as both a junior (3.3 apg) and a senior (4.3 apg) and in steals as a senior (1.5 spg).

Lange graduated from Iowa with honors in 1996, receiving her bachelor's degree in exercise science. She and her husband Cory have two children -- daugter Ashlyn and son Ty.

Karen Lange At-A-Glance
Name: Karen Clayton Lange
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Broughton HS ('92)
College: Iowa ('96) -- Exercise Science
Family: Cory (husband), Ashlyn (daughter) and Ty (son)

Coaching Experience
Virginia Tech
1997-04 Assistant Coach
2004-10 Assistant Coach
MidAmerica Nazarene
2010-11 Head Coach
2011-13 Assistant Coach
2013-15 Associate Head Coach

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