Women's Basketball


  Chris Wielgus
Chris Wielgus

Assistant Coach

Second Season

Alma Mater:
Springfield '74


UMass Travels To Kent State For Tuesday Contest

Minutewomen face the Golden Flashes in the M.A.C. Center at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17


Minutewomen Begin Trip To State Of Ohio At Bowling Green

Women's basketball faces the Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.


Women's Basketball Returns Home To Meet Boston University

UMass hosts the Terriers on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.


UMass To Participate In University Of Maine Invitational

Minutewomen to face host-Black Bears to open event on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.


In-State Foe Holy Cross Next For Women's Basketball

Minutewomen to face the Crusaders at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26



WBB vs. URI Photos by Thom Kendall '93



WBB vs. RICHMOND Photos by Thom Kendall '93

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 am excited to be a part of the UMass family," Wielgus said. "I have arrived at just the right time. UMass is on the move with a new Honors College and a basketball practice facility on the way. Sharon Dawley knows how to coach and she has assembled an outstanding staff here. I love to watch how hard her players work in the weight room, during their skill workouts and at team practices. They are dedicated, determined and eager to learn. I am looking forward to this wonderful adventure."

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.

"We are thrilled that Chris Wielgus has joined our staff at UMass," Dawley said. "Chris is a three-time Hall of Fame coach with over 400 hundred wins, 14 conference titles, a pair of WNIT appearances and seven trips to the NCAA Tournament. Our UMass family will certainly benefit from her knowledge and expertise as we move the program forward."

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.


UMass Director Of Operations 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
Record 31 Seasons Three Programs 440-361 7 NCAA Tournament Appearances
2 WNIT Appearances
12 Ivy League Championships
1 Patriot League Championship


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