Associate Head Coach
Brad Nelson is entering his 18th season with the Panthers. He was named Associate Head Coach in June of 2016 and will work primarily with the Panther offense and also assist with scouting, recruiting and all facets of practice.
Nelson joined the Panther coaching staff in the 2000-01 season. He has been with the Panthers during all three NCAA Tournament appearances (2010, 2011. 2017), and each of their six WNIT appearances (2001, 2003, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016).
Nelson has been a part of a coaching staff that has led UNI to new heights in the MVC, including the program’s two regular-season titles in 2011 and 2015. He served as recruiting coordinator from 2001-12, and he has helped sign MVC all-conference players Cassie Hager, Tara King, Jessie Biggs, Lizzie Boeck, Madison Weekly and the 2011/2013 MVC Player of the Year, Jacqui Kalin.
Nelson has played an integral part in UNI’s winning tradition, leading the Panthers to seven straight seasons with 17-or-more wins and all 10 of their post-season appearances. Working primarily with the offense, he coached point guard Madison Weekly and Amber Sorenson to top-20 national rankings in three pointers scored in the last two seasons along with the Panthers finishing in the top-10 in the country in fewest turnovers and turnovers per game.
Prior to joining UNI, Nelson served as assistant head coach at Cedar Falls High School and helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back trips to the semi-finals of the 4A Iowa Girls Basketball State Tournament.
Prior to Cedar Falls, he served as an assistant coach at St. Ambrose University in 1995-96. That season, St. Ambrose won the regular and postseason conference titles on the way to a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
While earning his business management degree from the University of Oregon, Nelson served as the head manager for the Ducks’ men’s basketball team under coaches Don Monson and Jerry Green.
Nelson and his wife, Jenny, have four children: 20-year-old daughter Bailey, 18-year-old twin sons Brandon and Jacob, and 13-year-old son Jordan.
Assistant CoachKK Armstrong
KK Armstrong enters her second season on the coaching staff for the UNI Panthers.
In her first season, Armstrong helped guide UNI to a 24-9 record on the Tanya Warren coaching staff. The Panthers earned an NCAA Tournament berth, which was the program's first at-large bid in school history.
Armstrong, who played and started for the Panthers at point guard from 2008-2012, comes to UNI after working for Hibu, selling online marketing to small and medium sized business owners. She also has been a coach at Cedar Rapids Washington High School assisting with both the sophomore and varsity level.
Armstrong finished her playing days at UNI after seeing action in 128 games, tying her for fourth all-time at UNI for career games played. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native ranks in the top-10 all-time at UNI in career points (1,276), free throws made (371), assists (380) and steals (191).
Armstrong was a part of both of UNI’s NCAA Tournament appearances along with leading the Panthers to two MVC Tournament championships and a regular season title. The former All-MVC selection and two-year starter earned her degree in criminology in 2012.
Steven Fennelly will begin his first year as an assistant coach with the Panthers in 2016-17.
Fennelly will primarily coach UNI’s post players and serve as the recruiting coordinator. He will also assist in all day-to-day needs of the women’s basketball program.
Fennelly was hired at Idaho in 2016, he coached the Vandals post players while also taking on responsibilities of recruiting and the team’s video coordinator.
Prior to Idaho, Fennelly spent three seasons (2013-16) with Cal State Fullerton as an assistant coach. With the Titans, Fennelly assisted on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Before his role with CSU Fullerton, Fennelly served two seasons (2011-13) as the head video coordinator at Iowa State. During his two years as graduate with the Cyclones the team posted a 42-22 (.656) record, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Fennelly also worked as the head student manager at ISU for four seasons (2007-11) prior to his post-graduate position with the Cyclones. Fennelly, alongside his father and ISU head coach Bill Fennelly, went to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments while he worked in Ames. Included in the postseason trips were two Sweet Sixteens and one trip to the Elite Eight in 2009.
A native of Ames, Iowa, Fennelly graduated from Iowa State in 2007, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He received his master’s in 2013, also from Iowa State.
Fennelly and his wife, Andrea, were married in May of 2015. The couple have a son, Camden, who is five months old.
Director of Basketball Operations
Amanda Frost enters her first season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the UNI Panthers.
"We are looking forward to the addition of Amanda to our staff," Warren said. "She is well organized, has high energy and is a great fit for our program. Amanda had a tremendous collegiate career at Mount Mercy and we are excited to have her as a UNI Panther."
Frost served as a graduate assistant coach for the past two seasons at Mount Mercy following a stellar playing career for the Mustangs. Frost earned honorable mention NAIA All-America honors in 2012-13 and was a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection as both a junior and a senior.
She earned her undergraduate degree in human resource management at Mount Mercy in May 2015. She also obtained her master's of business administration in leadership and human resource concentration from Mount Mercy in May 2017.
Katie Schulte has joined the UNI athletic training staff as the primary women's basketball athletic trainer.
Schulte had been at Missouri State from 2014-2016 and served as the Bears' women's basketball trainer and supervised women's soccer and track and field.
Prior to Missouri State, Schulte was the women's basketball athletic trainer at South Dakota from 2012-2014.
Schulte completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Iowa State University back in 2010, and continued to pursue graduate degrees at the University of South Dakota with a Masters of Arts in Kinesiology and Sport Science and Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration, Adult and Higher Education.
At South Dakota, she was the primary athletic trainer for the women’s basketball program, while assisting with the football program. She also has experience with NCAA drug testing procedures.
Katie is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Mid- America Athletic Trainers Association and has been NATABOC certified since 2010.