Connie Yori
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Creighton
Graduating Year: 1986
Phone: 402-472-6462
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Coaching Credentials 

  • Head Coach, Nebraska (2002-Present)
  • 432-281 Overall Record (24 Seasons)
  • 237-141 Record at Nebraska (12 Seasons)
  • WBCA National Coach of the Year (2010)
  • Kay Yow National Coach of the Year (2010)
  • Associated Press National Coach of the Year (2010)
  • U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year (2010)
  • Naismith National Coach of the Year (2010)
  • Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year (2013, 2014)
  • Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year (2010)
  • Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Big 12 Conference Regular-Season Champions (2010)
  • Missouri Valley Conference Champions (2002)
  • Nebraska-Record Nine Postseason Appearances
    (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Two NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances (2010, 2013)
  • Seven NCAA Tournament Appearances (1994, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Member of USA Basketball Women's Junior National Committee (2009-12)
  • Head Coach, Creighton (1992-2002, 170-115, 10 Seasons)
  • Head Coach, Loras College (1990-92 - 25-25, Two Seasons)
  • Assistant Coach, Creighton (1986-89)

Coach Connie Yori continues to lead the Nebraska women's basketball program in an exciting phase of sustained growth in her 12th year in Lincoln in 2013-14. The 2013 and 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Yori is guiding the Huskers to another one of the best seasons in school history in 2013-14. The Big Red ended the regular season with a 22-6 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten mark for the second straight year. The Huskers are in position to make their third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, while hosting NCAA Regional games in Lincoln for the first time in school history.

The Huskers played their first season in Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14, tying a program record with 16 home victories while ranking among the top 10 teams in the nation in total attendance with more than 110,000 fans. The Huskers ranked 11th nationally with 6,161 fans per game. Nebraska has been ranked in the top 25 in the AP and USA Today polls throughout the season and rolled to a nine-game Big Ten winning streak from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27. The Huskers notched top-25 wins over Michigan State (Feb. 8) and No. 8 Penn State (Feb. 24) during the stretch.

The Huskers capped the regular season with a history-making hardware haul from the Big Ten. Senior Jordan Hooper became Nebraska's first Big Ten Player of the Year, while earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season. Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot added first-team All-Big Ten honors, while juniors Emily Cady and Tear'a Laudermill claimed second-team all-conference accolades. Junior forward Hailie Sample added a spot on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

In 12 seasons at Nebraska under Yori, Husker players have earned 37 all-conference awards, including 12 first-team honors, four second team, 11 honorable mention, five all-freshman and five all-defensive accolades. Hooper became Yori's second conference player of the year at NU, joining 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year Kelsey Griffin.

In 2012-13, Yori led Nebraska to the program's second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years.

A Nebraska roster that featured just two seniors rolled to the second-most wins in school history (25), while notching the second-highest conference victory total (12) in the Husker record books. From mid-January through the end of February, Yori's Huskers reeled off 10 consecutive Big Ten wins on their way to a conference regular-season runner-up finish (12-4).

The Huskers claimed their second straight NCAA Tournament bid and fifth in the past seven seasons. They opened tournament play as a No. 6 seed with a 73-59 win over Southern Conference champion Chattanooga. Nebraska snapped the Lady Mocs' 19-game winning streak, while advancing to the second round to face No. 3 seed and SEC Tournament champion Texas A&M. The ninth-ranked Aggies, who won the 2011 NCAA title, held a decided homecourt advantage at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, but the Huskers never flinched. No. 24 Nebraska sprinted to a 74-63 victory over the Aggies to punch its ticket to the NCAA Norfolk (Va.) Regional semifinals.

Nebraska fought hard against the second-seeded and No. 5 nationally ranked Duke, but were unable to muster enough offense against the ACC champion Blue Devils. Duke advanced to the Elite Eight with a 53-45 win before finishing with a 33-3 record on the season with a loss to Final Four-bound Notre Dame.

Nebraska's late-season surge pushed the Huskers to their third USA Today/Coaches Top 25 final national ranking in the past four years. NU also finished in the final top 25 in the Associated Press Poll (24th) for the third time, despite those rankings covering only the regular season. Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska, no Husker team had ever ended a season ranked in the AP or USA Today/Coaches Top 25.

Nebraska's 25-9 overall record came against one of the nation's toughest schedules and one of the strongest in school history. The Huskers entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 16 in the official NCAA RPI rankings and carried the No. 12 Strength of Schedule in the country, according to

The Big Ten owned the nation's No. 2 conference RPI in 2012-13, and all six Big Ten teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament won first-round games.

Nebraska fans continued to come out in droves to support their beloved Huskers in 2012-13. NU's averaged home attendance of 5,243 fans ranked among the top 20 teams in the country, and included a Big Ten home average attendance 6,586 fans per game. The Husker faithful celebrated the end of an era on March 3, as 10,832 fans said farewell to the Bob Devaney Sports Center - the home of Nebraska women's basketball since 1976.
Yori and the Huskers will move their rising program into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln beginning in 2013-14. The nearly $180 million arena will become the exclusive homes of Husker men's and women's basketball, giving Nebraska one of the nation's best atmospheres for college basketball.

Seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams became the final Huskers to play their entire careers at the Devaney Center. The duo capped the most successful four-year run in school history by averaging 23.5 victories per season in their careers. Before their arrivals, no Nebraska team had ever won more than 23 games in a season.

Moore closed one of the most successful careers in school history by making her second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., started a school-record 132 games while playing a school-record 4,360 minutes. She started seven NCAA Tournament games in her career, while winning more games (94) than any other player in school history.

Moore, who set the Nebraska all-time assist record (699) while finishing 11th in scoring with 1,673 points, also won more games (53) than any other player in the history of the Devaney Center.

Moore joined junior star Jordan Hooper in capturing Associated Press All-America honors at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign. For Hooper, who could challenge Nebraska records for both scoring and rebounding as a senior in 2013-14, it marked her second straight AP All-America honor.

Moore, who was a two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard, joined Hooper as a candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards in 2012-13.

Moore and Hooper became the first Husker teammates to appear on the watch lists for those prestigious awards at the same time, while becoming the first NU duo to claim All-America awards in the same season.

Hooper also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year, while Moore was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team for the second consecutive season. Hooper and Moore, a second-team All-Big Ten choice for the second time, were joined on the All-Big Ten team by sophomore Emily Cady. The 6-2 forward earned honorable mention from the league writers for the second time. Rachel Theriot continued the Huskers' hardware haul by being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

National and conference honors for Huskers have become the norm under Coach Yori. In fact, over the past nine seasons, Hooper (2), Moore and Kelsey Griffin have claimed four All-America awards for NU. Griffin was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2009-10 when she was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards. Griffin was also Nebraska's first Senior CLASS Award winner.

At the league level, Yori's Huskers have captured 16 first- or second-team all-conference awards while five more NU rookies have claimed spots on the conference all-freshman team. Yori's success in recruiting talented players from all parts of the country are on display in NU's all-freshman selections.

In fact, Nebraska's starting five in 2012-13 featured four players who earned spots on either the Big Ten or Big 12 All-Freshman squads (Moore, Big 12, 2010; Hooper, Big 12, 2011; Cady, Big Ten, 2012; Rachel Theriot, Big Ten, 2013). NU's fifth all-freshman selection over the past nine years was Griffin (Big 12, 2006), who went on to become a first-round pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft.

"We believe that the success level of our team has improved because we have focused on bringing in the highest quality of student-athlete," Yori said. "Obviously, we want talented basketball players with great skill levels and knowledge of the game, but we also want great students who want to become great people after their careers are over."

Nebraska's 2012-13 success followed on the heels of a breakthrough year for an extraordinarily young Husker squad in 2011-12. In their first season in the Big Ten, Yori's Huskers battled their way to a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 Big Ten mark. They also fought their way to the Big Ten Tournament title game in their first-ever appearance in the tournament.

NU carried that momentum to a No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Injuries to Hooper, Hailie Sample and Cady late in the season stalled a potential tournament run, but the Huskers still finished No. 17 in the final AP rankings. The 2011-12 Huskers matched the school record by staying in the AP Top 25 for the final 14 weeks of the season.

Cady and Sample made history in 2011-12, becoming the first freshman duo in school history to start every game for Nebraska. In fact, with Cady and Sample leading the way, Nebraska's freshmen played the most minutes of any freshman class in the Big Ten, and they were also by far the most productive.

Nebraska also excelled in the classroom, with six Huskers earning academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Off the court, senior guard Kaitlyn Burke won Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award across all female sports and was the President of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Yori guided the Nebraska program to its best season in school history in 2009-10, leading the Huskers to their first-ever Big 12 Conference regular-season title. Along the way, NU tied the Big 12 record with a 30-game winning streak and became the first team in league history to post an unbeaten regular season (29-0). The Huskers also became just the second team in conference history to go a perfect 16-0 in regular-season league play.

Yori engineered Nebraska's rise to its highest national ranking in school history, climbing as high as No. 3 in the national polls. Prior to 2009-10, Nebraska had never been in the top 10, but spent nine straight weeks in the top 10 to end the season, after beginning the year unranked.

Yori's Huskers captured the school's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16, before finishing No. 4 in the final official NCAA RPI. NU also finished No. 4 in the final AP Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25.

Yori, who earned national coach-of-the-year honors from the WBCA, AP, USBWA, the Naismith Trophy and the inaugural Kay Yow Award, led the Huskers to the biggest single-season turnaround in the nation in 2009-10. Nebraska improved 17 games in the win column after advancing to the postseason in 2008-09.

The Huskers, who were the preseason pick to finish sixth in the Big 12 by league coaches, went undefeated in the nation's No. 1 RPI conference and Yori captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors.

Bolstered by the return of first-team All-American and 2010 Big 12 Player-of-the-Year Kelsey Griffin, the Huskers dominated the opposition in 2009-10. In addition Griffin, who claimed first-team All-Big 12 accolades for the third time, Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner earned first-team All-Big 12 awards. Turner was also named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Griffin joined Turner on the All-Big 12 Defensive Team. Dominique Kelley added honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades. Moore was also named to the Big 12's All-Freshman Team after leading NU to 32 wins as a starting point guard.
Griffin, who finished her career with 2,033 points and 1,019 rebounds, was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA Draft before being traded to the Connecticut Sun. Little more than one hour later, Montgomery was selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 25 overall pick in the draft.

Griffin has continued her WNBA career into the 2013 season, while also spending professional seasons in Hungary, Israel and most recently Australia. She was joined in Australia in 2013 by Montgomery, while Turner also has played overseas in Russia in 2012-13 before signing a training camp contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars before the 2013 WNBA season.

In addition to Nebraska's incredible rise to prominence on the national scene in 2009-10, the Huskers became a marquee attraction across the Midwest. Nebraska led the Big 12 by averaging 11,383 fans over eight league home games, while shattering the school attendance records.

Nebraska ranked seventh nationally with an average home attendance of 7,390 fans per game, while drawing a school-record seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to close the season. That streak included the school's first-ever capacity crowd of 13,595 at the Devaney Center for Nebraska's win over Missouri on Feb. 27, which included a Big 12 regular-season title presentation and the cutting down of the nets at the Devaney Center for the first time since 1988.

Although Nebraska's meteoric rise on the national landscape seemed like an overnight success story with national headlines in USA Today, The New York Times and even Sports Illustrated, along with unprecedented exposure from ESPN, the Huskers' climb was anything but a quick fix. Instead, Yori spent eight years building Nebraska brick-by-brick with painstaking detail into a force to be reckoned with on the national levels.

Yori's success at Nebraska has come as a result of her commitment to helping student-athletes have outstanding all-around collegiate experiences on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Yori's approach involves helping create an atmosphere of terrific team chemistry with players and coaches who genuinely care about each other.

When Yori first arrived at Nebraska in the summer of 2002, the Huskers were coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Left with just a handful of healthy, scholarship players, Nebraska struggled to an 8-20 overall mark and a 1-15 Big 12 record. Through steady recruiting and a commitment to helping her student-athletes improve on and off the court, the Huskers have found a recipe for success.

Even before its breakthrough 2009-10 campaign, the Huskers had earned six consecutive postseason tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008. NU's 2008 NCAA appearance included the school's third-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a first-round win over Xavier, before taking No. 1 national seed Maryland to the limit on the Terrapins' home court in the second round.
In 2008-09, Nebraska battled its way to a Postseason WNIT bid despite losing Griffin to an ankle injury before the season began. The Huskers were dealt a further blow inside with the loss of center Nikki Bober, just days after helping the Huskers to a win over No. 24 Arizona State at the Devaney Center on Dec. 28. The Sun Devils went on to advance to the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight.

Despite the early setbacks, Yori helped the Huskers adjust to new roles while developing new young leaders on the court. Her guidance helped Nebraska become one of the hottest teams down the stretch in Big 12 play, going 5-2 in its last seven regular-season Big 12 games. NU finished as one of just five league schools to close the second half of conference play with a winning record. NU joined NCAA Final Four qualifier Oklahoma,

NCAA Elite Eight participant Iowa State, NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Texas A&M and Big 12 Tournament champion Baylor as the five schools to notch winning records in the league over the last eight regular-season games.

The Huskers, who finished the year with a 15-16 overall record and a 6-10 Big 12 mark, tied for seventh in the nation's strongest conference. The Big 12 sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament and three more to the WNIT. Amazingly, Nebraska's seventh-place regular-season league finish was one spot higher in the standings than NU's projected finish by the conference coaches before the season, when those coaches thought Griffin would play.

Nebraska's season was not only highlighted by top-25 victories over Arizona State and Kansas State, the Huskers also played one of the nation's toughest schedules. The Huskers played 19 games against 2009 postseason tournament qualifiers, including Big Ten champion and NCAA Sweet 16 participant Ohio State, along with non-conference road games at LSU and New Mexico.

Nebraska's success came despite featuring the most inexperienced starting lineup in the Big 12. The conference was one of the most veteran leagues in 2008-09 with 24 senior starters, including 14 four-year starters. Nebraska's regular lineup was the only one that did not feature a senior throughout the season, as NU's lone active senior, Tay Hester, started just 18 league games.

In Griffin's absence, Montgomery emerged as a rising star in the Big 12, ranking among the league's top 10 in scoring and rebounding. In her first season as a starter, Montgomery earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 by averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Turner also increased her production on the offensive end, averaging 11.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest while leading the Huskers in three-point shooting and steals. Turner's explosiveness on the defensive end earned her a second straight spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

In 2007-08, Yori guided Nebraska to one of its best seasons, as the Huskers claimed their third NCAA Tournament victory in history with a 61-58 win over Xavier in College Park, Md.
Along with leading Nebraska to its first NCAA Tournament win in a decade, Yori helped the Huskers to their first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since the 1999 and 2000 seasons, while posting back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time since 1998 and 1999.

In 2007-08, Yori's Huskers finished with a 21-12 record despite a 13-player roster that featured five true freshmen, five sophomores and one junior college transfer. Griffin, an All-Big 12 forward, was the only Husker to ever start a game in an NU uniform heading into the 2007-08 campaign.

Along with their youth, the Huskers faced the challenge of the best schedule in school history. NU played 24 of its 33 games against 2008 postseason tournament teams, including 16 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Nebraska's strength of schedule ranked No. 24 nationally heading into postseason play.
Despite Nebraska's youth and imposing schedule, the Huskers finished with a 9-7 Big 12 mark in a league that sent 11 teams to the postseason, including eight that won first-round NCAA Tournament games. Along the way, Nebraska became one of only three schools - joining Baylor and Oklahoma - to post four straight .500 or better Big 12 seasons.

Not only has Nebraska gained recognition for averaging 20 wins per year over the past 10 seasons, the Huskers have also regularly played one of the nation's top 30 schedules.
The Huskers have also distinguished themselves as one of a select few schools in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field to produce a 100 percent graduation rate. In fact, Nebraska has earned that distinction in 2007, 2008 (1 of 12), 2010 (1 of 19) and 2012 (1 of 22).

In 2009-10, Nebraska led the conference with six first-team academic All-Big 12 selections. Griffin and Kala Kuhlmann earned first-team academic All-Big 12 recognition for the third time in their careers, while Montgomery earned first-team honors for the second time with her third overall pick. Fellow seniors Nicole Neals and Nikki Bober also earned first-team academic honors. Jessica Periago, who became a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2010-11, was also honored in 2009-10. In addition, Montgomery and Neals earned their bachelor's degrees from NU in just 3 1/2 years, while Nebraska's four other seniors all graduated in May of 2010.

The Huskers have also continued to demonstrate unsurpassed community involvement. Since the inception of Nebraska's Life Skills Team Award presented to the school's most committed team in the area of outreach, Yori's team has finished among the top programs all nine years while winning the Life Skills Team Award on two occasions. Individually, Griffin earned national recognition as Nebraska's first Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner in any sport. Nebraska's 2010 Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Griffin was also honored as a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award.

While Nebraska has continued to achieve growing success in each of Yori's 10 seasons, she believes the best is yet to come for the Huskers.

"We believe we are still in the growth stage in our program. That is part of what makes it exciting and fun to come to work every day. We have improved, but we are really focused on getting better every single day."

NU's rise on the conference and national levels has been remarkable considering Yori's starting point.

Yori set out to establish a winning tradition at Nebraska after she was hired on June 24, 2002.

When she arrived in 2002, the Huskers were coming off back-to-back losing seasons and the program was left with just five scholarship players for most of the season.

But Yori was also confident that Nebraska's resources, coupled with her coaching knowledge and ability to develop strong personal relationships with players, would lead NU to future success.

Yori's 2002-03 club struggled to an 8-20 record, but her first recruiting class made an immediate impact in her second season.

The 2003-04 squad featured four returning senior starters and made one of the largest improvements in NCAA Division I basketball by finishing with an 18-12 record, despite playing 19 games against 2004 postseason clubs.

Along with a win over No. 13 Ohio State, the Huskers notched one of the biggest wins in school history with an 81-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas State on Jan. 24. The win came in front of a national television audience on Fox Sports Net and marked the highest-ranked team the Huskers had ever defeated at the Devaney Center. NU added a 7-9 Big 12 mark and may have finished just one win shy of the school's first NCAA Tournament bid since 2000. NU finished in a three-way tie for seventh in a league that sent nine teams to the postseason, including the Huskers.

Nebraska made a trip to the 2004 Postseason WNIT and played two home games in the tournament. NU's 73-60 first-round win over Drake was its first postseason victory since 1998 and the first home postseason win since 1993.

Along with amazing improvement on the court, the Huskers made major strides in the classroom and community.

The Huskers made history in 2003-04 by becoming the athletic department's first winner of the Life Skills Award of Excellence. The award was presented to the team that showed the greatest overall commitment to Nebraska's community outreach program, an impressive accomplishment considering Nebraska's overall Life Skills program has been named the best in the nation.

Although NU had to replace four senior starters in 2003-04, the 2004-05 squad continued the program's climb.

Nebraska grabbed national headlines and made school history on Jan. 12, 2005, by knocking off then-No. 2 Baylor, 103-99 in triple overtime at the Devaney Center. Not only did the Huskers outlast the eventual national champion Bears in the longest game in Big 12 history, they also posted a win over the highest-ranked team in school history.

The Huskers finished with an 8-8 Big 12 record for the first time since 1999-2000 and claimed a sixth-place finish in one of the nation's toughest leagues. NU's sixth-place showing was its first top-six league finish since 1999-2000, and helped the Huskers advance to the postseason for the second straight year with a trip to the 2005 Postseason WNIT.

Nebraska finished 2004-05 with an 18-14 record despite playing 11 games against top 25 foes. Along with the win over No. 2 Baylor, NU defeated No. 14 Iowa State 88-59 on Feb. 12 in Lincoln, to give NU its largest victory margin in history over a top-25 opponent.
Yori's 2004-05 squad was composed of seven newcomers on a 12-player roster. The newcomers were guided by senior point guard Jina Johansen and were sparked by the emergence of Kiera Hardy, who became the third sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors. She also became just the third Husker since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97 to claim first-team All-Big 12 accolades.

Hardy's rise along with the addition of 2005 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jelena Spiric and the leadership of Chelsea Aubry gave NU high hopes for 2005-06. Those hopes were tempered the first week of fall practice by the loss of Spiric to a season-ending knee injury.
Despite the setback, NU ran to a 19-13 overall record, including an 8-8 Big 12 mark, while advancing to the Postseason WNIT for the third straight year.

The Huskers closed the season as one of the Big 12's hottest teams, winning seven of their last 10 games including a trip to the WNIT quarterfinals, despite a late-season illness to freshman phenom Kelsey Griffin. NU's strong finish came while establishing a measure of dominance against Big 12 North competition. Nebraska went 5-0 in rematches with North Division opponents in 2005-06, and finished the year with a 7-3 mark against North schools, before adding a victory against Colorado in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

The Huskers defeated Colorado three times in the same season for the first time in school history after recording their first regular-season sweep of the Buffaloes in 21 years. NU also ended a 20-year losing streak at Boulder.

Nebraska's rise to the upper echelon in the Big 12 continued in 2006-07. The Huskers finished with a 22-10 overall record that included a 10-6 league mark. NU earned a first-round bye in the Big 12 Tournament by finishing in a tie for fourth in the league standings.
Hardy led the Huskers in 2006-07 by capturing her third straight first-team All-Big 12 award before being selected in the third round of the WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. A WBCA Region 5 All-American, Hardy became the second Husker in history to be drafted by the WNBA. She also earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska the day before hitting the game-winning shot in her professional exhibition debut.

Griffin joined Hardy in capturing first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2006-07, becoming the fourth Husker to earn first-team all-league honors as a sophomore. Griffin was a first-team academic All-Big 12 pick and a member of the Big 12 Winter Good Works Team.
Aubry, a captain and member of the Canadian Senior National Team who eventually became Nebraska's first Olympian in 2012, added honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition as a senior. She also earned academic All-Big 12 honors and served on Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with Griffin.

Nebraska's success against North Division opponents continued in 2006-07, as the Huskers posted an 8-2 mark against North foes - the best record of any North team.
Nebraska's rise has followed continued recruiting success. Yori's first group of recruits included Hardy and Aubry. Yori's second group included Danielle Page, who spent the 2008 WNBA season with the Connecticut Sun. Page enters her sixth professional season overseas in 2013-14.

Yori's third class included Griffin, who became the second player in school history with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Yori's fourth class was her largest and most accomplished, including WBCA All-American and Miss Nebraska Basketball Yvonne Turner, All-Arizona guard Nicole Neals, All-Minnesota forward Cory Montgomery, Iowa Female Athlete of the Year Kala Kuhlmann and All-Nebraska center Nikki Bober.

NU's fifth group included 2007 Miss Nebraska Basketball Dominique Kelley, who set a Husker record by starting all 33 games as a freshman in 2007-08, Canadian National Program member Kaitlyn Burke, California State Junior College Tournament MVP Tay Hester, French National Team member Jessica Periago, and Texas all-stater Catheryn Redmon.

The Huskers' sixth class featured Canadian National program member Harleen Sidhu and Texan Layne Reeves, while NU's seventh class included ESPN Top 100 point guard and state of Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Lindsey Moore, along with California high school standout Meghin Williams. Moore earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team after breaking Kelley's NU record by starting all 34 games in 2009-10.

Nebraska's eighth recruiting class lived up to the lofty expectations created by the success of the Huskers' 2010 senior class. That group included two-time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year and WBCA honorable-mention All-American Jordan Hooper from Alliance, along with California standout Katie Simon and Kansas City center Adrianna Maurer.

Yori's ninth class could end up rivaling the best in school history. Led by Nebraska prep star Emily Cady and Texas standout Hailie Sample, the four Husker newcomers in 2011-12 joined the redshirt Simon in making up the most productive class in Husker history. Parade All-American and 2011 Louisiana High School Player of the Year Brandi Jeffery and All-California guard Tear'a Laudermill made major impacts off the bench in 2011-12. Cady and Sample became just the eighth and ninth freshmen in school history to start every game, while playing major roles in pushing the Huskers back to the NCAA Tournament. NU's six freshmen in 2011-12 combined for nearly 900 points and 600 rebounds, almost doubling the production of any other class in school history.

Yori's 10th class was led by All-Ohio guard Rachel Theriot and Nebraska all-stater Sadie Murren. Theriot, a 6-0 point guard, was ranked among the top 100 players in the nation, while Murren was rated among the country's top 250.

Her 11th Husker class is led by All-Michigan forward Allie Havers. The 6-5 Havers was ranked as the No. 76 high school senior in the nation. She is joined by four-time Nebraska all-stater Hannah Tvrdy from prep powerhouse Seward. Tvrdy, who was a high school teammate of Cady and the daughter of former Husker Shelly (Block) Tvrdy, was ranked as the No. 28 point guard in the nation by ESPN. Canadian Esther Ramacieri rounded out a solid Husker class.

Yori came to Nebraska after 10 successful years at Creighton, where she closed her career as the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year after leading CU to MVC regular-season and tournament titles and a 2002 NCAA Tournament bid. Along with the MVC title and a trip to the 2002 NCAA Tournament, the Bluejays went 24-7 with a 16-2 MVC mark. CU also set school and league records with 249 three-pointers to rank fifth nationally with 8.0 per game.

The Ankeny, Iowa, native produced a 170-115 (.596) mark in 10 seasons at Creighton. Overall, Yori spent 17 seasons at Creighton, including four as a guard (1982-83 through 1985-86) and three as an assistant coach (1986-87 through 1988-89) under Bruce Rasmussen.

Between stints as an assistant coach and head coach at Creighton, Yori spent one year (1989-90) as the head softball coach at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., where she earned her master's degree in sports administration. Yori then spent two seasons as head coach at NCAA Division III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, (1990-91 and 1991-92).

After two years at Loras College, she returned to Creighton to take the reins from her mentor, Rasmussen, who accepted an associate athletic director position at CU in 1992, and has since become athletic director.

In her first season as Creighton's head coach in 1992-93, Yori led the Bluejays to a 20-8 record, a 12-4 conference mark and the school's second trip to the NCAA Tournament. CU earned a No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region and defeated No. 7-seed Bowling Green (84-73) before losing to defending national champion Texas Tech (75-65) in the second round.
In her second season (1993-94), Yori's Bluejays raced to a 24-7 record and a 14-2 MVC mark. Her 2001-02 Creighton squad matched that mark, while setting a school record with 16 conference victories, and also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Yori graduated from Creighton with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1986, and earned a master's degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1990. As a player for the Bluejays, Yori ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,010 points. A 1992 inductee into the Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame, Yori owns the school record for career scoring average (20.3 ppg). She also owns school game records for points (42) and field goals made (20). She ranks second in career field goals made (797) and free throws made (416), fourth in rebounds (746), fifth in field goal percentage (.542) and assists (399) and seventh in blocked shots (69). Her No. 25 jersey was also retired by Creighton.

In 2013, Yori was inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.

A 1982 graduate of Ankeny High School, Yori is a two-time inductee into the Iowa Girl's High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame as a basketball and softball player. She led the Hawkettes to a state title in 1980 and a runner-up finish in 1981, scoring 3,068 points in her six-on-six prep career. A four-time first-team all-state shortstop, Yori also helped Ankeny to state softball titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Yori is married to Kirk Helms and the couple has a son, Lukas, born in July of 2004. Yori has been active in the community as a volunteer. She was born Oct. 3, 1963, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Yori's Year-by-Year Record  
Loras College (D-III) 
Loras College (D-III) 
NCAA 2nd 




NCAA 1st 










NCAA 1st


NCAA 2nd




NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11 Nebraska 13-18 .419 3-13 .188 --
2011-12 Nebraska 24-9 .727 10-6 .625 NCAA 1st
2012-13 Nebraska  25-9  .735 12-4  .750  NCAA Sweet 16 
24 Seasons 
7 NCAAs 
First National Bank
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