Korie Hlede

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Korie Hlede
Personal information
Born (1975-03-29) March 29, 1975 (age 42)
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Career information
College Duquesne (1994–1998)
WNBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Playing career 1993–2008
Position Shooting guard
Career history
1993–1994 Montmontaža Zagreb
1998–1999 Detroit Shock
1999–2001 Utah Starzz
2000–2001 Slamanca
2001–2002 Guarulhos
2002 New York Liberty
2002–2003 Eregli
2003 Rivas Ecópolis
2004 Perfumerias
2004–2005 Pecs 2010
2006–2007 Hondarribia-Irun
2007–2008 Extremadura

Korie Hlede (born Koraljka Hlede on 29 March 1975) is the co-founder and leader of basketball development at Flow Basketball Academy (FBA) in Chicago, Illinois. She played and coached at professionally before starting her own training program KH Flow. In 2012, she teamed up with Margaret Stender (CEO of the Chicago Sky) to create Flow Basketball Academy.

College years[edit]

Hlede was a communications and psychology double major at Duquesne University, where she led the Atlantic 10 conference (A10) in scoring during all of her four years (1994 to 1998). In 1995, she was named A10 rookie of the year, and by her senior year, she had netted a total of 2,631 points, becoming the only Duquesne player (male or female) to score over 2,000 career points.[1] Hlede holds a number of other school records: steals (334), assists (570), three-pointers made (162), three-point percentage (.356), as well as most points scored in a single game (42 points against University of Dayton on February 11, 1998). Some of her collegiate awards are: ESPN Academic All-American (1996, 1997, 1998),[2] A10 Player of the year (1996, 1998), A10 first team All-Conference pick (1995–1998), Kodak District 2 All-American (1995–1998), and Kodak National honorable mention All-American (1995–1998). In 2003, she was inducted into the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame and was the first female athlete in university history to have her jersey (#25) retired.



From 2002-2008, Hlede competed in the European League, spending time in the First Divisions in Spain, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, and Brazil. She also competed in three FIBA Cup championships, while reaching the final four of the Euro-league. Hlede led the Spanish and Turkish leagues in scoring during that span.

Year Team
1993–1994 Croatia Montmontaža
2000–2001 Spain Slamanca
2001–2002 Brazil Guarulhos
2002–2003 Turkey Eregli
2003 Spain Rivas Ecopolis
2004 Spain Perfumerias
2004–2005 Hungary Pecs 2010
2006–2007 Spain Hondarribia-Irun
2007–2008 Spain Extremadura


In the 1998 WNBA Draft Korie was acquired by the Detroit Shock (now Tulsa Shock), in the first round (fourth pick overall).[3] In her rookie year, she led her team in three-point field goal percentage and was named WNBA rookie of the year runner-up. In 1999 Korie was traded to the Utah Starzz, where she led the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage in 1999 and 2001. Over her five-year WNBA career, she has accumulated more than 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 250 assists and 100 steals.

Year Team
1998–1999 Detroit Shock
1999–2001 Utah Starzz
2002 New York Liberty

Coaching and training[edit]

In 2003 Korie retired from the WNBA and joined the coaching staff of the Detroit Shock (head coach: Bill Laimbeer), where she helped them clinch the Shock's first national championship. After two years of coaching in the WNBA, she spent one year as assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island. In 2010, she created her own basketball development program, KH Flow Training, which was based on her interests in sports psychology and the work of philosopher and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In 2012, she teamed up with Margaret Stender to create Flow Basketball Academy.


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