Head Women's Basketball Coach
2008-09 marks Paula Krueger's sixth year as the head women's basketball coach at Colorado School of Mines.
In 2007-08, the Orediggers went 13-16 overall (8-11 RMAC) to record their fifth consecutive season with double figures in wins. Mines had three players named to the 2007-08 All-RMAC teams, including Brecca Gaffney, who was selected as the East Division Freshman of the Year. CSM also had four student-athletes qualify for recognition on the Academic All-RMAC teams in 2007-08.
Two seasons ago (2006-07), Krueger led the Orediggers to a 15-13 overall record and a 12-7 mark in the RMAC. CSM qualified as the #6 seed in the annual RMAC Shootout, marking the fourth time in as many years that the Orediggers had reached the post season. Two of Krueger's players, Iva Tomova (First Team All-East Division) and Angela Pearson (Honorable Mention All-East Division), earned recognition on the 2006-07 All-RMAC squads.
In 2005-06, Krueger guided CSM to a 16-14 overall record (8-11 RMAC) as the Orediggers reached the RMAC Shootout title game for the first time in the history of the program. At the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, Ashley Gronewoller was named First Team All-RMAC. Gronewoller graduated as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at CSM.
Krueger's team enjoyed its best-ever season in 2004-05, compiling a 19-9 overall record (13-6 RMAC) and reaching the RMAC Shootout for the second straight year.
In Krueger's first season at the helm (2003-04), the Orediggers went 10-9 in conference play and qualified as the #7 seed in the RMAC Shootout. CSM's 12-16 overall record was an eight-game improvement from the previous year.
A graduate of Northern State, Krueger was a standout on the Wolves' women's basketball team, earning national tournament MVP honors as a senior during the team's national championship campaign in 1993-94. In addition, Krueger was also a team captain and All-District performer on NSU’s softball team. Krueger earned NSU’s prestigious Hildred Wolfe Student Athlete of the Year award as a senior.
Following her collegiate playing career, Krueger served as a graduate assistant for the Wolves' women's basketball and softball teams (1995-96) while finishing her studies. Krueger received her bachelor’s degree in Education from NSU in 1995 and her master’s degree in Teaching in 1996.
After her graduation, Krueger moved to Nevada where she taught and coached at Pahrump Valley High School for one year before returning to Northern State in 1997 to serve as the assistant women’s basketball coach and head softball coach. During her six years as an assistant on the NSU hoops squad, Krueger helped guide the Wolves to a 114-59 mark.
Krueger and her husband, Brad, make their home in Golden.