Courtney Kust, who is an events and conferences manager and assistant women’s basketball coach at Hope College, has been inducted into the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA) Athletic Hall of Excellence on Friday, Aug. 26.
Kust graduated from CHCA in 2009 before enrolling at Hope. She graduated from the college in 2013.
She was part of the 1,000 Point Club in high school girls’ basketball and holds CHCA’s record for most career points scored with 1,296. She also holds the individual game scoring honors at 36 points and averaged 23 points and eight rebounds as team captain her senior year.
“It was an honor to be recognized by my high school and be inducted into the Hall of Excellence alongside my sister (Kaci) who was inducted last year,” Kust said. “[The ceremony] was a great evening where I could connect with past coaches and teammates and celebrate what our basketball teams accomplished during our high school careers.”
Kust was Miami Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year in 2009 and First Team All-MVC her junior and senior year. She also received All-State honors as a Special Mention in 2009 and was selected to the First Team All-City for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
During her junior year, she was the first player to be invited to play in the Border Battle between Ohio and Michigan, as well as the Top Ten Challenge in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kust continued to excel on the court as a member of Hope College’s women’s basketball team. She led the team to the Elite Eight as captain her senior year, and the team had a 110-12 record through her four years. She was also invited to play on a USA Athletes International Team in Europe for two weeks in 2013.
Kust returned to Hope as a member of the staff in 2014 after completing a master’s degree in sports administration from Xavier University. She splits her time between the Events and Conferences Office and serving as an assistant basketball coach for the women’s basketball team.