Women's Basketball


  Chris Wielgus
Chris  Wielgus

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Springfield '74


UMass Women's Basketball 2014-15 Season-In-Review

Minutewomen boasted +8.5 win improvement in 2014-15 over previous campaign


UMass Journeys To Atlanta For Holiday & Hoops Classic

Women's basketball faces host-Georgia State on Friday, Ohio the following day


Women's Hoops Ends Homestand With Holy Cross Sunday

Minutewomen cap four consecutive games at the Mullins Center with the Crusaders at 2 p.m.


Minutewomen Bring American University To Town Saturday

UMass continues stretch for four straight games at home with a Saturday, Dec. 6 contest at Noon


UMass Holds Midweek Meeting With Harvard Wednesday

Minutewomen and Crimson to complete 20th contest in all-time series at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3



WBB VS. MAINE Photos by Thom Kendall '93



WBB vs. URI Photos by Thom Kendall '93



WBB vs. RICHMOND Photos by Thom Kendall '93

The University of Massachusetts women's basketball assistant coach Chris Wielgus (pronounced: well-gus) begins her third season on the Minutewomen staff and second as an assistant coach in 2015-16. Wielgus has more than three decades of experience coaching women's basketball; including 30 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level.

"I love to teach and I can't wait to work with our remarkable student-athletes," Wielgus said of the opportunity to return to the coaching ranks. "This is a great time to be a part of UMass women's basketball. There is a lot of fun to be had and I am grateful to Coach Dawley for this opportunity."

Wielgus' spent the 2013-14 season as the Director of Basketball Operations, where her main responsibility was overseeing the day-to-day functionality of the program. Wielgus shifted into an assistant coaching role in 2014-15 and helped guide the Minutewomen alongside Dawley and fellow assistants Jen MacAulay and Yolanda Griffith. Through their combined efforts during 2014-15, the coaching staff led UMass women's basketball to the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship while the squad produced its most victories since the 2008-09 campaign.

"Coach Wielgus is simply one of the best in the business," Dawley said. "She is a professional who knows the game, knows how to teach and loves working with the student-athletes."

An elite coach at Fordham (1991-93) and Dartmouth (1976-84; 1993-2013), Wielgus recorded 12 Ivy League Championships, one Patriot League Title, seven NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of WNIT berths. Wielgus finished her tenure with the Big Green as the winningest head coach in the history of Dartmouth women's basketball as she amassed 393 victories and 20 winning seasons over 28 campaigns at the helm of the program.

Dawley and Wielgus previously worked together on the Dartmouth staff for 10 seasons from 1993-2003. Dawley was an assistant coach under Wielgus from 1993-97 before Wielgus promoted Dawley to associate head coach in anticipation of the 1997-98 season. Together, the duo helped Dartmouth to a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances and 153 victories before Dawley took over as the head coach at Vermont in 2003.


UMass Assistant Coach Chris Wielgus' Year-By-Year Coaching Results
Year Program Position W-L Postseason Notes
1976-77 Dartmouth Head Coach 5-8 -
1977-78 Dartmouth Head Coach 9-8 -
1978-79 Dartmouth Head Coach 17-7 -
1979-80 Dartmouth Head Coach 16-9 Ivy League Champions
1980-81 Dartmouth Head Coach 20-9 Ivy League Champions
1981-82 Dartmouth Head Coach 14-9 Ivy League Champions
1982-83 Dartmouth Head Coach 18-8 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
1983-84 Dartmouth Head Coach 8-15 -
1991-92 Fordham Head Coach 21-8 Patriot League Champions
1992-93 Fordham Head Coach 16-13 Patriot League Finalists
1993-94 Dartmouth Head Coach 16-11 Ivy League Champions
1994-95 Dartmouth Head Coach 16-11 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
1995-96 Dartmouth Head Coach 16-10 -
1996-97 Dartmouth Head Coach 13-13 -
1997-98 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-11 -
1998-99 Dartmouth Head Coach 19-9 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
1999-00 Dartmouth Head Coach 20-8 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
2000-01 Dartmouth Head Coach 12-15 -
2001-02 Dartmouth Head Coach 11-16 -
2002-03 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-12 -
2003-04 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-12 -
2004-05 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-12 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
2005-06 Dartmouth Head Coach 23-7 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
2006-07 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-14 WNIT First Round
2007-08 Dartmouth Head Coach 15-16 Ivy League Champions \\ WNIT First Round
2008-09 Dartmouth Head Coach 18-11 Ivy League Champions \\ NCAA Tournament First Round
2009-10 Dartmouth Head Coach 11-17 -
2010-11 Dartmouth Head Coach 7-21 -
2011-12 Dartmouth Head Coach 6-22 -
2012-13 Dartmouth Head Coach 6-22 -
2013-14 UMass Dir. of Operations 4-27 Atlantic 10 Tournament
2014-15 UMass Assistant Coach 12-18 Atlantic 10 Tournament
Record 32 Seasons Three Programs 452-379 7 NCAA Tournament Appearances
2 WNIT Appearances
12 Ivy League Championships
1 Patriot League Championship
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