College - Duquesne '98/Croatia
Korie Hlede enters her second season with the Detroit Shock as assistant coach. Hlede provided veteran leadership and insight that was key in helping the Shock become 2003 WNBA Champions. Korie is involved with planning defensive strategies and player development, concentrating on guard development and perimeter play. Korie is also involved with scouting the Shock's upcoming opponents.
Hlede was the Shock's first-ever college draft pick prior to the team's 1998 inaugural season and was traded to Utah on July 29, 1999. As a member of the Utah Starzz Korie led the WNBA in 1999 in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 25-of-58 shots from long range (.453). She spent the 2002 WNBA season playing for the New York Liberty after being traded from Utah to New York on April 18, 2002 for the 14th pick overall in the 2002 WNBA draft.
A native of Croatia, Hlede graduated from Duquesne University, where she holds records in career points (2,631), scoring average (24.1 ppg), steals (334), assists (570), three pointers made (162) and three point percentage (.356). Korie was also named to the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame on February 8, 2003.
Korie has one brother, Svebor, 24, who still lives in Croatia. Her parents are Bojan Hlede and Lierka Milkovic-Hlede. Korie can write poetry in Croatian and English. Before coming to the United States, she learned about the country from watching TV shows. Korie lists her greatest accomplishment as graduating from college.