Hilbert Names Rehbaum Assistant AD, Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Release Date:
June 14, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

June 14, 2004

Hamburg, N.Y. – Kara Rehbaum has been named assistant athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at Hilbert College, announced Richard Walsh, director of athletics.

Rehbaum takes over a program that finished 11-15 last season and advanced to the finals of the 2003-04 North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.

In addition to coaching, Rehbaum will serve as assistant athletic director where her duties will include scheduling, transportation and overseeing the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for Hilbert’s 11 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

Rehbaum looks forward to the challenges that await her as Hilbert prepares for the rigors of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in which the Hawks will compete in 2004-05.

“The small family atmosphere that makes up Hilbert College is exactly what I wanted,” said Rehbaum. “I’m excited to be back in collegiate athletics and with Hilbert currently going through a tremendous growth period, the groundwork is being laid for success.”

She spent three years as an operations assistant for the Buffalo Destroyers, the Rochester Brigade and the Cincinnati Swarm, all professional Arena Football League teams owned by North American Sports.

Rehbaum served as head women’s basketball coach from 1993-98 at NCAA Division I Canisius College in Buffalo. In 1995, she was recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) as Coach of the Year and received the same honor from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) at the conclusion of the ‘94-‘95 season.

Previously, Rehbaum spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Canisius where she helped lead the Griffins through the transition from an NCAA Division II program to its current Division I status. She played a critical role in recruiting Heather Fiore and Shauna Geronzin, who each hold many Canisius playing records.

“We’re pleased to have someone of Kara’s playing and coaching background at Hilbert,” Walsh added. “We’re confident she can lead our women’s basketball program through the transition into the AMCC.”

Rehbaum most recently worked as a sales coordinator for Eastman Machine Co. in Buffalo.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic training after a stellar playing career at Canisius. She scored 1,661 career points and pulled down 1,075 career rebounds over her four year career.

After graduating she played professionally for the Atlanta Comets of the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) for one year before the league folded. She was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Rehbaum resides in Cheektowaga.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.