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Kristen Holt
Head Coach

Kristen Holt was appointed the ninth head coach in UTSA women’s basketball history on August 12, 2017.
 
In her first season as head coach, Holt led a team that finished third in the conference in rebounding offense and offensive rebounds, as well as second in blocked shots. The Roadrunners finished the season with a 9-21 overall record and 6-10 in the C-USA. Holt guided UTSA to the second round of the conference tournament, which hadn’t been done since the 2013-14 season.

Prior to serving as the head coach, she was the program’s associate head coach from 2013-17.
 
As associate head coach, Holt oversaw all aspects of the UTSA program from recruiting, scheduling opponents, film breakdown, scouting reports and guard development.
 
In 2016-17, she helped guide the Roadrunners to a league-leading defensive field-goal percentage of .385. UTSA also ranked second in C-USA in fewest turnovers and third in steals.
 
Holt was instrumental in leading the Roadrunners to the program's only two wins over nationally ranked opponents. The feat first happened during the 2014-15 campaign when UTSA edged No. 24 WKU by a score of 64-63. The Roadrunners upset No. 25 UTEP, 69-64, to end the 2015-16 regular season.
 
Holt has mentored several notable players during her tenure at UTSA, including Kamra King, who holds the program record for most starts at 118 and also ranks second with 240 steals and third with 1,367 career points.
 
The Roadrunners also have found success in the classroom, as the team has earned two consecutive C-USA Sport Academic Awards for the best team GPA in the league in 2016 and 2017.
 
Prior to her time at UTSA, Holt was the head coach at Colorado State from 2008-12. The Rams consistently moved up the Mountain West Conference (MWC) standings, including a 9-5 record and third-place finish in 2011-12, the highest MWC finish for CSU since 2003-04. Holt took over the head-coaching role at Colorado State following the 2007-08 season on an interim basis before having the interim tag removed following the 2008-09 season. 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.
 
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 her tenure at Colorado State, Holt served on Jane Albright's staff at Wichita State 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 was an assistant coach at Radford from 1995-2001. 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. She was promoted to interim head coach during the 2001-02 season and earned 2002 Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors.
 
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 letterwinner, 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
Assistant Coach

Adam Esses enters his second year as an assistant coach for the UTSA women’s basketball program. Esses serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Roadrunners.

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.

 

Ela Mukosiej
Assistant Coach

Former Seton Hall Pirate Ela Mukosiej enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the UTSA women’s basketball program. Mukosiej oversees international recruiting and alumni relations for the Roadrunners while developing guard players.
 
Last season, Mukosiej directed the post players for UTSA. Under her direction the Roadrunners earned the top spot in Conference USA in defensive rebounds with UTSA collecting 478 (26.6 per game). She also helped former Roadrunner Tesha Smith rank fifth in the conference for rebounds with a total of 139.
 
In 2015, Mukosiej assisted Smith in emerging as one of the top post players in C-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 seven 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.

 

Stephanie Lee
Assistant Coach

Stephanie Lee enters her first season as an assistant coach for the UTSA women’s basketball program.
 
Lee came to the Alamo City from Fresno State where she served as a graduate assistant for the past two years. While at Fresno State, the Bulldogs competed in back-to-back Mountain West Basketball Championships, including the 2017 championship game against Boise State.
 
Prior to Fresno State, Lee competed for the BC Pharmaserv Marbug, which competes in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top-flight professional league. She also played for the Net Scouts USA All-Star Team that traveled to China in the summer of 2015 and 2016. 
 
The Casper, Wyo., native played for Northern Colorado under current Fresno State head coach Jaime White for three seasons. The four-year starter and two-time All-Big Sky selection holds school records for most career 20-point games (34) and single-season records for points (598) and blocks (75). During her senior campaign, she helped the Bears win 22 games and reach the third round of the WNIT.
 
Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Northern Colorado in 2015 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Fresno State in 2018.

 

Courtney Cremer
Director of Operations

Courtney Cremer is in her third 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 and scouting, 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.
 
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.