During the warm-up before the Indiana women’s basketball matchup against Bowling Green, Liz Honegger walked along the touchline and over to the Falcons’ bench. There she received greetings, hugs and well wishes from the Bowling Green staff.
Indiana’s Director of Basketball Operations now wears Hoosiers Crimson, but her college career began in Bowling Green Falcons Orange.
Much like head coach Teri Moren, Honegger’s story began in the sacred gymnasiums that make up Indiana High School basketball. Her honors at Lafayette Jefferson High School include a First Team All-State nomination and an Indiana All-Star selection.
Honegger then brought her talents to Bowling Green and began a highly decorated career under then-Falcons head coach Curt Miller, Moren’s predecessor at Indiana and current head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Of 128 possible games for the Falcons, Honegger started in 127. She finished her Bowling Green career as the program’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals and blocks made, the only time she has been a player in NCAA history Division I was women’s basketball has held both records in one program.
Honegger’s last year at Bowling Green, the 2006-07 season, ended with a 31-4 record and a run to the Sweet Sixteen with victories over Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. It was the first time a MAC program appeared on the women’s Sweet Sixteen.
Honegger was inducted into Bowling Green’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
“She was a great varsity player at Bowling Green, which she’s very proud of,” Moren said.
Prior to her time at Bloomington, Honegger worked as an assistant at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and as a volunteer on Indiana High School’s All-Star Team.
With the current season being her 11th with Indiana, Honegger’s tenure at Bloomington precedes Moren’s by two years after being brought on board by Miller. Honegger has been invaluable since Moren’s arrival, he said, and is both a great colleague and a great friend.
“Liz cares about this program, Liz cares about our players, Liz cares about people,” Moren said. “She’s something of a rock star here in Indiana.”
Essentially a catch-all for Indiana, Moren said Honegger cares about almost everyone from players to coaches and managers. Because most of Honegger’s work isn’t public, her name isn’t a name you’ll hear often when outside sources discuss the Hoosiers’ success over the past few years.
As a result, Indiana’s coaches and players are quick to give her that recognition should the opportunity arise.
Grace Berger, in her fifth year with the Hoosiers, said Honegger doesn’t get the credit she deserves for her work. She’s all about the players and making sure they have a good experience in Indiana, Berger said.
“She means a lot to us, whether or not she gets the recognition she deserves,” said Berger.
You might not hear Honegger’s name when Indiana’s recent success comes up, but she was there, worked, and contributed every step of the way.