Former RVC coach Opat not deterred by 0-11 start at Chicago State

DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) She led Rock Valley women's basketball to four national championships and the Golden Eagles athletics department to another eight, but now Misty Opat is being asked to lead a Division-I squad to greater heights.

The former RVC head coach is now at Chicago State and was in DeKalb Friday night losing 114-52 to NIU.

Through 11 games, the Cougars are 0-11, but Opat knows there is no quick fix to a program which has been to the postseason just once in its 30-plus years as a D-I team.

She says while it is not an easy task to turn CSU around, neither was Rock Valley and she did an okay job with that challenge.

"I don't know if I expected to be 0-11, but it's a part of the process," said Opat. "There's a reason I got the job and this opportunity and if they were a winning program, it might not have happened. We rebuilt Rock Valley when we were there and we will do the same at Chicago State. We know what success tastes like, we know what it feels like, we know how you have to work to get it and the same motto will carry over and we'll experience that same success at Chicago State."