Women's Basketball - Fri, Feb. 18, 2005
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University head women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg recently surpassed the No. 600 win mark for his collegiate coaching career picking up win No. 600 on Saturday, February 5, in a 64-61 road win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Indiana University-South Bend. Hallberg, who is in his 30th season as a college head coach, has had successful stints at Chicago State University and University of Illinois-Chicago in addition to his coaching accomplishments at SXU.
He began his college coaching career at Saint Xavier University in 1971 as the head men's basketball coach. Over the next six years, he amassed a 127-61 record along with two conference championships. His early success at SXU earned him a call from Chicago State University in 1977. At CSU, Hallberg's teams averaged 25 wins a season and placed third in the NAIA National Tournament in 1984. In 1987, Hallberg began coaching the men's team at University of Illinois-Chicago and recorded 133 wins over a nine-year span (1987-96) with the Flames.
In 1999, Hallberg returned to Saint Xavier University and started the first-ever season of SXU women's basketball in 2000. His teams quickly gained national attention with the Cougars averaging 25 wins a season in their first four years of play and making trips to the NAIA National Tournament in each of the last two seasons. This season, Saint Xavier is currently 17-10 and sits atop the CCAC standings with a 8-1 mark.
The Cougars finish out their conference slate with three road games starting on Saturday, February 19, against Robert Morris College. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.