Two-year captain at Illinois brings variety of experience to NU
Northwestern head women's basketball coach Joe McKeown announced the hire of Maggie Acuna in June of 2013 as the team's new director of basketball operations. Acuna comes to Northwestern with a variety of experience, as she played four seasons at Illinois, served as a graduate assistant coach at Valparaiso, obtained her law degree from Valparaiso and prior to joining NU, worked in the compliance office at Wisconsin.
"I am honored and excited to join the Northwestern University Women's Basketball staff in this great city," Acuna said. "I look forward to working with the coaches, student-athletes, and other staff members, and I hope to help in bringing Wildcat Basketball to new heights."
Acuna's duties with the Wildcats include assisting in all day-to-day operations of the program, including scheduling, team travel and assisting with summer basketball camps.
The Oak Brook, Ill., native graduated from nearby Hinsdale Central and went on to play at Illinois from 2002-06, including two seasons with NU assistant coach Allison Guth. Acuna was a two-time team captain for the Illini, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award recipient. On the court, Acuna finished her Illinois career ranked 12th in assists and her career-high of 16 assists while playing on the road at Wisconsin on Jan. 16, 2006 still stands as the Kohl Center record.
Acuna obtained a bachelor of science in Community Health with a concentration in Planning and Administration and Public Health from Illinois in 2006 and went on to receive her master's degree in Sports Marketing and Management in 2007.
Following her time at Illinois, Acuna held positions with the Chicago Bears and at Coca-Cola before attending Valparaiso for law school. While in Indiana, she served as a graduate assistant on the women's basketball team, worked at the Valparaiso Sports Law Clinic and served as a research assistant at the School of Law. Acuna received her J.D. in May of 2012 and is a member of the Illinois State Bar.
Since completing law school, Acuna spent time in the compliance department at Notre Dame, served as part of the NCAA Amateurism Cabinet in Valparaiso and spent a year as a compliance assistant at Wisconsin.