Head coach Kristen Holt enters her fourth season with the UTSA women’s basketball program for the 2016-17 campaign.
In her time in the Alamo City, Holt has helped in all aspects of the women’s basketball program from recruiting, scheduling opponents, film breakdown and scouting reports, and guard development.
Her most notable pupil in her three seasons has been Norman, Okla. native Kamra King. Holt mentored the former standout guard to back-to-back seasons averaging double-figures, en route to becoming the first player in UTSA school annals to lead the team in scoring all four seasons.
Holt has also been instrumental in guiding the Roadrunners to the program’s only two wins over nationally ranked opponents in the last two seasons. The feat first came during the 2014-15 campaign when the Roadrunners edged No. 24 WKU by a score of 64-63 and then repeated this past season with an upset over No. 25 UTEP to end the regular season.
During the 2014-15 season, Holt also helped guide the team to its best finish since the 2012-13 campaign with a 16-15 final mark, along with a fourth place finish in the conference to earn a first-round bye to the conference tournament.
Previously, Holt was the head coach at Colorado State from 2008-12 where her Rams teams consistently moved up the Mountain West Conference (MWC) standings, including a 9-5 record and third-place finish in 2011-12. The 9-5 mark was the highest MWC finish for CSU since 2003-04. Holt took over the head-coaching role following the 2007-08 season on an interim basis before having the interim tag removed following the 2008-09 season. Kim Mestdagh (first team), Sam Marting (second team) and Meghan Heimstra (Sixth Woman of the Year) each earned All-MWC recognition during Holt’s final season in Fort Collins. In addition to her coaching duties, she organized Colorado State’s High Hoops Club, a 90-member women’s basketball booster club.
Prior to being promoted to the interim head coach position, Holt spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams.
Holt came to Fort Collins from Wichita State, where she served on Jane Albright’s staff from 2003-07. Holt assisted in all aspects of recruiting, scouting, film breakdown and the planning of summer basketball camps for the Shockers. Holt also coordinated the Shockers High Hoops Club and the Jane’s Gems Kids Club.
Before her time in Wichita, Holt served on Lichonczak’s coaching staff at Radford from 1995-2001 as an assistant coach. She was promoted to interim head coach during the 2001-02 season and earned 2002 Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors. As an assistant, Holt was responsible for recruiting, team travel, film exchange and the organization of summer camps. In addition, she organized the team’s involvement with the community and local youth. In her first two seasons as an assistant, Radford won the Big South Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Highlanders also placed second in the nation for team GPA in 2000-01.
Holt began her coaching career at Xavier in 1993-94 and helped guide the Musketeers to a Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship.
Holt entered the coaching ranks following a distinguished playing career at Ohio, where she was a four-year letter winner, two-year captain and part of the 1988 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team.
As a senior at Bath High School in Lima, Ohio, Holt was named first-team All-Ohio and the Class AA State Tournament MVP in 1987 after leading the Wildcats to the state title. Holt also was a 1987 AAU All-American.
She graduated from Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1992 and completed her master’s degree in athletic administration a year later.
Adam Esses was tabbed an assistant coach for UTSA on August 16, 2017.
Esses comes to the Alamo City from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., where he spent the last season as the Thresher's head women's basketball coach.
During his tenure at Bethel College, Esses helped the Thresher's finish ahead of preseason predictions, had seven student-athletes named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Scholar-Athletes and two selected as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to Bethel, Esses served as the head women's basketball coach and athletic director at Kaskaskia College (Ill.) for two years. He led Kaskaskia to two NJCAA District P (Division I) Tournament semifinal appearances and coached four all-region student-athletes and one All-American.
Esses also spent four years at Upper Iowa as an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time with the Peacocks, Esses mentored two Northern Sun Intercollegiate (NSIC) all-conference selections and a NSIC Freshman of the Year. He also helped Upper Iowa garner success in the classroom with a 3.801 team GPA in 2014, which was best in the nation and honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Esses holds a master's degree in education with emphasis in mathematics/science teaching from the Nebraska-Kearney, where he also served two years as a graduate assistant on the women's basketball team. Previously, Esses graduated from Bethany, where he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary math education and had his start with collegiate basketball.
Esses and his wife, Brittany reside in San Antonio.
Former Seton Hall Pirate Ela Mukosiej enters her second season as an assistant coach for the UTSA women’s basketball program in 2016-17.
Mukosiej oversees international recruiting for the Roadrunners while helping with post player development. With her guidance, junior Tesha Smith emerged as one of the top post players in Conference USA averaging a league seventh-best 8.3 rebounds per game, along with 0.8 blocks per game, which was best for 12th.
The Poland native came to the Alamo City having spent the past six years playing professionally overseas. The Poland native concluded her career with the MKK Siedlce Team as she led the club to a 22-2 overall record and was an instrumental part of the team’s success in becoming the top Polish League.
Her professional playing career landed her a spot on the Polish National Team in the summer of 2014. Prior to that, she played for AZS OPTeam Rzeszow, Tecza Leszno and Lotos Gdynia in Poland, Eskilstuna Basket in Sweden and C.R.E.F. Hola Madrid in Spain.
Before playing professionally, Mukosiej played two seasons at Seton Hall where she was an honorable mention All-Big East selection during the 2006-07 season. That same year, she was tabbed to the Big East Honor Roll four times and was selected as the Junior Female Athlete of the Year and A Clutch Player by the program’s coaching staff.
Mukosiej attended Jefferson College the two years prior to that and was named an NJCAA honorable mention All-American. She earned honorable mention all-region and all-region academic team accolades as a freshman.
Director of Operations
Courtney Cremer is in her second season as UTSA’s director of operations, where she is responsible for the oversight of travel arrangements, practice scheduling, team managers, film exchange, academics and camp administration.
Cremer joined the Roadrunners coaching staff after a stint at Williamette University where she was an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team and the business operations assistant for the athletics department.
In her time in Salem, Ore., Cremer was a Jack-of-all-trades as she was in charge of team travel, film exchange, summer camps, film breakdown, while her on-court duties consisted of in-game player coaching and statistical tracking.
When she wasn’t coaching, she spent her time in the business office overseeing department budgets and purchase orders. Cremer was also the department liaison for all athletics gear. She also spent the last five years as a coach with Grant Youth Basketball.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Cremer played four seasons at Portland State University for current Williamette University head coach Peg Swadener. During her senior campaign, Cremer’s defensive skillset helped PSU capture its first-ever Big Sky regular season title.
Cremer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in human resource management from Portland State University in 2012.