Cedar Rapids' KK Armstrong joining UNI coaching staff

Former Washington standout will assist women's basketball program

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CEDAR FALLS — Former Cedar Rapids Washington standout Kaitlin “KK” Armstrong has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Northern Iowa, the school announced Wednesday.

Armstrong, a point guard for the Panthers from 2008-2012, has been coaching on the high school level, helping with the Cedar Rapids Washington sophomore and varsity teams.

“I am beyond excited about the opportunity to give back to the university that gave me so much,” Armstrong said in a news release. “I look forward to being a part of a winning tradition here with the women’s basketball program and impacting each one of our girls’ lives in a positive way. I thank the university, coach (Tanya) Warren and the entire coaching staff for the opportunity to return home and give back.”

Armstrong finished her playing days at UNI after seeing action in 128 games, tying her for fourth all-time at UNI for career games played. The Cedar Rapids native ranks in the top-10 all-time at UNI in career points (1,276), free throws made (371), assists (380) and steals (191).

“I am very excited to welcome KK back to our Panther family,” Warren said in the release. “She grew so much in her four years as a student-athlete. KK will be able to teach our philosophy as well as offer personal experiences having played for us and competed in the MVC. I know she is ready to help our young women continue to grow both on and off the court.”

Armstrong was a part of both of UNI’s NCAA tournament appearances along with leading the Panthers to two MVC tournament championships and a regular season title. The former All-MVC selection and two-year starter earned her degree in criminology in 2012.

The Panthers tip off the 2016-17 season on Nov. 7 when they host the Maryville Saints in the McLeod Center at 7 p.m.

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