- Mar 11, 2018
Noticed both have HC openings?
Agreed. She hasn't had a 20 win season yet in 5 tries. We're moving in the right direction, but not sure she's done enough to hit the radar yet.I don't think so. Kristen has been GREAT for the program and really built it up to be something. However, getting hot one year in March which led to a 15 seed probably won't qualify her for a P5 job. Admin will look at more than just conference tournament results. This season was a pretty poor noncon followed with a great conference start and then fell from the 1 to the 4 in a matter of a couple weeks. To get one of those jobs, I think she'll have to show sustained success for 2-3 seasons before she gets picked off. A conference championship mixed in with a couple tournament championships should get her phone ringing.
Even with a few years of sustained success, it'll take winning games in the Dance to really catch someone's eye.I don't think so. Kristen has been GREAT for the program and really built it up to be something. However, getting hot one year in March which led to a 15 seed probably won't qualify her for a P5 job. Admin will look at more than just conference tournament results. This season was a pretty poor noncon followed with a great conference start and then fell from the 1 to the 4 in a matter of a couple weeks. To get one of those jobs, I think she'll have to show sustained success for 2-3 seasons before she gets picked off. A conference championship mixed in with a couple tournament championships should get her phone ringing.
Like I alluded to, our support is very good! This is a number to be proud of and there is definitely room to improve which is an amazing thing!Didn't want to start a new thread. Found one with a similar topic. Illinois' new coach Shauna Green has the program in really good shape, off to a 10-2 start. One of my friends is a leader of Orange Crush and he has been working very hard at getting students and Illini fans out to the WBB games. The team is averaging roughly 1,600 at their games (outside of field trip day/free admission). This number is a slight increase from roughly 1,200 at this point last season. Not a huge increase, but the reason I bring their attendance situation up is because they sell their tickets for 5 bucks a pop (contrast this with $70+ for a sold out SFC for the men's team).
I bring up the men's team because their marketing department does not have to worry about selling tickets for men's games. They have created a culture where that is of little concern. While they are capable of promoting both, our marketing department should realistically be devoting more resources to increasing men's attendance than women's as the situation currently stands.
Our men's team is averaging 3,400 per game in an arena that seats ~9,500 (they still need to update the official capacity post-renovation on many sites) while the women's team is averaging about 1,000 (excluding education day crowd). This means our women are averaging 30% of what our men are while for U of I this number is 11%.
I wanted to include all of this data and gibberish because it is important context to discussing the two different situations. Obviously U of I brings in a ton of revenue from their men's basketball program. They are taking a major loss on ticket sales for women's basketball in order to increase interest.
My main point is that I believe we should consider selling $5 tickets to the women's games. I would absolutely be more likely to attend a women's game with a $5 ticket as opposed to a $10 ticket. I am not sure the effect this has on families with children -- not sure what age the $10 ticket is required for, but I'd imagine this is a barrier for some families. Given the loyal followers we seem to have who come despite the $10 ticket price (whom we should be very grateful for), we would probably lose a chunk of the WBB team's total revenue (I would estimate $10,000-20,000 over the course of the season). However, we could improve attendance and realistically achieve the top fan base in the state of Illinois for women's basketball.
Exactly . . . and the Illini don’t need WBB to make $$. They could afford to make the games free if they really wanted.I assume it's pure financials. If you cut the price in half, do you think they can double the current attendance? For WBB on a consistent basis, I don't know if that is possible. Can ISU afford to take that financial hit while trying to increase attendance?
Kristen Gillespie, Illinois State
Gillespie, who recruits the Midwest extensively, has a 109-68 record in six seasons at ISU. She coached her team to its first postseason berth in eight years in the spring of 2021. Last year Illinois State made the NCAA tournament. Gillespie was the starting point guard and captain of the North Carolina State team that, under legendary coach Kay Yow, advanced to the Women's Final Four in 1998.