|KAREN LANGELAND - MSU Varsity 'S' Eldon VanSpybrook Winner - 2013|
"Over the years, Michigan State University has had coaches that bring energy to the workplace every day, with a deep commitment for the student-athletes, community and supporters that surround their program," noted Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis. "The Spartans have also had great athletic administrators that are capable of viewing the big picture, understood the impact of one decision on other areas, and had attention to detail. Karen Langeland was both, and Michigan State University is proud that she is forever a Spartan. She made a positive impact on our department and the people around her. We wish her the best and always welcome her back home to Michigan State."
Langeland's was named the third head women's basketball coach in school history in 1976, and over the next 24 years, built a first-class program dedicated to achieving excellence on the court as well as educating and preparing players for the challenges of tomorrow. During her tenure at MSU, Spartan basketball alumnae went on to impressive careers in education, medicine, law, finance, athletic administration, and coaching.
On the court, Langeland guided Spartan basketball teams to 376 overall wins, a Big Ten title, three NCAA Tournaments, two Women's National Invitational Tournament appearances, 17 winning seasons and four 20-win campaigns. In those 24 years, there were 39 All-Big Ten selections, one All-American, and seven Academic All-America selections. She guided the squad to 24 victories over ranked opponents, was named District Coach of the Year in 1991 and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1988. Seven of her athletes went on to play professionally, including Kristen Rasmussen and Maxann Reese, who were drafted by the WNBA.