Two-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA MVP joins Minutewomen staff for 2014-15
Former head coach at Dartmouth enters second season with the Minutewomen program in 2014-15
Minutewomen face the Golden Flashes in the M.A.C. Center at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17
Women's basketball faces the Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
UMass hosts the Terriers on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
The University of Massachusetts women's basketball program and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the addition of Chris Wielgus to the Minutewomen staff on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Wielgus brings more than three decades of experience to the UMass program; 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 shifts into an assistant coaching role in 2014-15 and will help guide the Minutewomen alongside Dawley and fellow assistants Jen MacAulay and Morgan Valley.
"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. In 28 seasons leading the Big Green, Wielgus is the winningest head coach in the history of the program, amassing 393 victories and 20 winning seasons during her tenure.
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 being promoted to associate head coach in anticipation of the 1997-98 season. Together, the duo helped lead Dartmouth to a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances and 153 victories before Dawley was named the head coach at Vermont in 2003.
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