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Kielsmeier Announces Staffing Changes For Upcoming 2023-24 Campaign

Kielsmeier Announces Staffing Changes For Upcoming 2023-24 Campaign

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State women's basketball head coach Chris Kielsmeier announced three additional staffing changes for the upcoming 2023-24 season, as Hanna Zerr has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations, Chenara Wilson has been hired as Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Angie Lewis has been brought on as the Video Coordinator. 

Zerr, who joined the program prior to the 2022-23 season, will now serve as the Director of Basketball Operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the team, travel arrangements, practice coordination, and act as the program liaison among other duties.  

"We are extremely excited to be able to promote Hanna as she continues to grow in the collegiate coaching industry," Kielsmeier said. "Hanna's energy and attitude are contagious and she is a huge asset to have in our program. Ever since joining Cleveland State, Hanna has been willing to learn and grow, helping our program strive for excellence on a daily basis."

Prior to joining the Vikings in August of 2022, Zerr spent time as the Assistant Director of Unified Champion Schools for Special Olympics South Dakota, where she coordinated day-to-day programming activities, implemented intramural sports with local high schools and colleges, while also assisting with the writing and reporting of UCS grants.

In addition to working at Special Olympics South Dakota, Zerr also served as a Graduate Assistant for Athletics Administration at Augustana University where she helped with donor development, event management, marketing, and fan engagement. 

Zerr is a 2017 graduate of Bemidji State University, where she was a four-year member of the women's basketball team. 

Wilson comes to Cleveland State with 16 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently at Slippery Rock University where she spent eight seasons. 

"It's awesome that we are able to bring Chenara back to Cleveland State, and once again have her in the Green & White," Kielsmeier said. "Chenara's personality will allow her to fit seamlessly into our staff, while her connections to CSU will no doubt help our community and alumni outreach. We are looking forward to having another 'Vike For Life' on our staff!"

During her time at Slippery Rock, Wilson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach and one season as the acting head coach – in which she helped the program post its first winning campaign in over 20 years. 

Prior to her time at SRU, Wilson was the head coach at Mercyhurst Northeast for three years, earning District Coach of the Year honors and leading the team to the National Tournament for just the second time in program history.

In addition, Wilson spent five years at Cuyahoga Community College, where she was an assistant coach. 

Wilson, who is a 2007 graduate of Cleveland State University, was a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team, where she helped turn the program around into an eventual NCAA Tournament team.  

Lewis joins the Vikings as a recent graduate of Cleveland State University, where she earned a degree in sport management, and is currently pursuing her master's degree in the same field.   

"The entire program is excited to add Angie to our staff, as her knowledge and experience working in collegiate athletics will help add to our championship-level program," Kielsmeier said. "Angie is another person on our staff who has an affinity for Cleveland State and is always proud to wear the Green & White, and will be a huge help for not only our staff, but also our student-athletes."

During her time as an undergraduate student, Lewis was an intern in the CSU Athletics Department, assisting with in-game operations, game day promotions and advertisements, while also helping to develop a plan for student marketing.

In addition, Lewis spent time as a wellness consultant at the Lakewood Family YMCA, helping in membership growth, while also serving as a director at Camp NEOSA.