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COACHING STAFF

 

Rebekah Ehresman
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Email: rehresma@iwu.edu

One of the most highly-decorated student-athletes in the program's history, 2018 Illinois Wesleyan graduate Rebekah Ehresman is a graduate assistant for the IWU women's basketball team.

She finished her career ranked No. 9 in scoring (1,236 points), No. 10 in rebounds (604), and No. 2 in assists (376) in Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball history. Her 330 free throws and 296 steals are school career records.

As a senior in 2017-18, Ehresman was named "Player of the Year" in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and earned honorable mention All-American on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association team. For the third straight season she was chosen to the first team of the all-CCIW squads. She was elected to the second team of the Division III women's basketball Academic All-America® Teams and, as a sophomore, junior and senior, she was named to the Academic All-District® 7 Division III women's basketball squad.

Selected as Illinois Wesleyan's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore, junior and senior, she was chosen CCIW "Player of the Week" three times in her career and was named to three all-tournament teams.

A graduate of El Paso-Gridley High School, Ehresman was chosen to 15-player Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A-2A all-state first team in both 2013 and 2014, was second team all-state as a senior and played for a team that finished third in the 2013 state tournament. Also in high school she played for four McLean County tournament champions, four regional champions, two-time sectional champs and three-time Heart of Illinois Conference titleists and was named female athlete of the year at the 2014 State Farm Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet.


She is pursuing a master's degree at Illinois State University.  

 


Chad Cusac  |  Assistant Coach

Chad Cusac joined the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball staff prior to the 2009-10 season.

Cusac has served as an assistant coach for a number of local teams and schools, including the 2005 Central Catholic girls basketball team that finished 27-3 and won the Illinois High School Association Class A regional and sectional tournament championships before falling in the supersectional round.  A 1994 graduate of Culver Stockton College (Mo.) where he played baseball, Cusac has been a firefighter in the City of Bloomington since 1996 and has currently attained the rank of fire engineer.


Maria Maupin-Cleveland  |  Assistant Coach

Marla Maupin-Cleveland returns to Illinois Wesleyan as an assistant women's basketball coach in 2017-18.
She previously was the head coach at Illinois Wesleyan for two seasons, going 15-36 overall (8-24 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) from 1986-88.

A high school standout at Saybrook-Arrowsmith (Ill.) High School, she was a four-year basketball letterwinner and All-American (1985) at Illinois State.

In the 1984-85 season she was named an All-American as she notched 17 double-doubles and finished with 26 in her career. Also that year she was a four-time Gateway Conference Player of the Week and an all-conference first team pick.

She scored 1,323 career points, and finished her career as one of the career leaders in rebounds (796) and in blocked shots (68) and holds the highest career field goal percentage (.554) in Illinois State history.

After college, she played professionally for seven seasons in Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland, France and Australia. She began her coaching career as an assistant at Illinois State and also coached at University High School, Ashland University, and Akron University.

She was inducted into the Illinois State Athletics Percy Hall of Fame in 2002.