Women's Basketball

 

  Sharon Dawley
Sharon Dawley

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
St. Anselm '83


11/19/2014

Team Effort Nets Minutewomen 68-60 Win Over Maine

Women's hoops shoots 57.1 percent from the floor; earns 34-16 points in the paint margin

11/14/2014

Jessica George, Bria Stallworth Sign NLIs For UMass Women's Basketball

Dynamic duo of guards will join the Minutewomen as freshmen in 2015-16

11/11/2014

UMass Starts 2014-15 Slate At Western Michigan On Friday

Minutewomen debut with road competition against the Broncos

11/05/2014

November Women's Basketball Newsletter Available

Keep up to date with the Minutewomen through the team newsletter

10/21/2014

A-10 Hosts Second Annual Women's Basketball Media Day

CBS, A-10 Digital Network and local media members to meet with league's coaches in Richmond, Virginia

11/19/2014

WBB VS. MAINE

WBB VS. MAINE Photos by Thom Kendall '93

02/23/2014

WBB vs. URI

WBB vs. URI Photos by Thom Kendall '93

02/19/2014

WBB vs. RICHMOND

WBB vs. RICHMOND Photos by Thom Kendall '93

01/05/2014

WBB VS. FORDHAM

WBB VS. FORDHAM Photos by Thom Kendall '93

12/04/2013

WBB vs. BU

WBB vs. BU Photos by Thom Kendall '93

Photo Gallery: Head Coach Sharon Dawley

Sharon Dawley was named as the 10th head coach in the history of the University of Massachusetts women's basketball program on April 6, 2010, and begins her fifth season at the helm for the Minutewomen in 2014-15.

In her first season in Amherst, Dawley coached her squad to one of the best three point shooting percentages in the country, highlighted by Cerie Mosgrove, who led the nation with 49.7 percent clip from beyond the arc. Mosgrove, one of several Minutewomen who enjoyed career years under Dawley's guidance in 2010-11, went on to win the National Women's Three-Point Shooting Championship at the men's Final Four in Houston, Texas.

Simultaneously, Dawley and her staff helped 2013 graduate Jasmine Watson develop into one of the most successful players in program history. Watson eclipsed 1,000 career points during the first game of her senior season to become the 19th member of the UMass women's basketball 1,000-point club while she capped her career among the top-20 all-time in more than a dozen program statistical categories.

Dawley came to UMass after a highly successful tenure with the Catamounts that included two consecutive America East Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10) and three straight postseason berths. In seven seasons at Vermont, Dawley posted a mark of 128-86 (.598) and holds a career record of 287-245 (.539) through 20 seasons as a head coach. She became the winningest coach in Vermont women's basketball history when the Catamounts upset No. 7-seed Wisconsin in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2010, the program's first NCAA tournament victory.

Under Dawley's guidance, Vermont earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth as a No. 10 seed after successfully defending its America East Tournament title in 2009-10. The Catamounts defeated top-seeded and No. 21-ranked Hartford in the conference championship game, 55-50. UVM posted a record of 27-7 that season, the third-highest wins total for the program all-time, and led the nation with 18 road victories.

Dawley earned her 100th career win at Vermont with a 66-56 victory over Hartford in the semifinals of the 2009 America East Championship as UVM went on to capture its first conference title since 2000. The Catamounts made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years where the squad fell to eventual national champion Connecticut.

During Dawley's stint on the Vermont sidelines, 23 of the 28 players that took the floor for Dawley earned either academic and/or athletic accolades from America East. She coached an America East Player of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year, a Rookie of the Year, a two-time Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Most Outstanding Player at the America East Tournament. Under Dawley's direction, the Catamounts earned six all-conference selections, four all-rookie nods and two all-academic team honors.

In 2007-08, Dawley guided Vermont to one of its best seasons in the program's existence. The Catamounts went 24-9 overall, recording the fourth most wins all-time, and were the America East runners-up during the regular season with a 13-3 league mark.

UVM also earned its second trip to the Postseason WNIT Tournament in school history and the first postseason appearance in Dawley's tenure. The Catamounts drew regional rival Dartmouth in the first round of the 2008 WNIT and Dawley faced her former mentor Chris Wielgus on the opposing sideline. Vermont defeated the Big Green to earn the team's third postseason victory all-time and advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the second time in the program's annals.

In 2006-07 Dawley led UVM to a 19-12 record and a third place finish in America East. She guided the Catamounts to a 13-3 start and the year was highlighted with Vermont's first-ever win over a ranked opponent when the Catamounts upset No. 22 Boston College in the championship game of the URI Invitational.

After being picked to finish eighth in the league's preseason poll, Dawley coached Vermont to a No. 3 seed in the America East Championship and the Catamounts advanced to the semifinals. The Catamounts were also named one of the most improved teams in the country at the Division I level following the 2006-07 campaign.

In Dawley's first season on the Vermont sidelines (2003-04), she posted the best start by a first-year head coach at Vermont, guiding the Catamounts to a 6-2 mark to begin the season. Vermont finished the year with a record of 14-13 and wrapped up the regular season with victories over No. 1 Maine, No. 2 Binghamton and No. 4 Albany on the road. Vermont's victory at Maine snapped the Black Bear's 31-game conference win streak.

Under Dawley's guidance, the Vermont women's basketball team also enjoyed success in the classroom. During her seven years at the helm of the Catamounts, her student-athletes earned 55 America East Academic Honor Roll citations, including 23 nominations to the America East Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

On Dawley's watch, May Kotsopoulos earned the America East Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete honor twice heading into the 2009-10 season. Three of Dawley's players at Vermont were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Women's Basketball First Team and Kotsopoulos became the third player in school history to be tabbed an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2010. Amy Rosenkrantz `09 and Kotsopoulos were candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Women's Basketball Award in back-to-back years, as well.

In 2003-04, Dawley's first year at Vermont, the Catamounts ranked 10th out of the top 25 Division I teams selected to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for Division I. The award recognizes the nation's highest team grade point averages for that season.

Prior to arriving at Vermont, Dawley spent 10 years as a member of the women's basketball staff at Dartmouth College. She served as an assistant coach from 1993-97 and was promoted to associate head coach under Chris Wielgus in July of 1997.

Before joining the Dartmouth staff, Dawley served as head women's basketball coach at Tufts University for nine seasons. She compiled a record of 137-62 (.688).

Dawley led the Jumbos to a Northeast Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in just her third season (1986-87). Tufts reached the NIAC title game in her first five seasons. The Jumbos advanced to the ECAC Championship semifinals in three of Dawley's final four seasons, the first postseason appearances in the program's history.

In October of 2009, Dawley was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. She was one of two inductees in the Division I College Women's Coaches category.

A native of Revere, Mass., Dawley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from St. Anselm College (Manchester, N.H.) in 1983.

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UMass Women's Basketball Head Coach Sharon Dawley Year-By-Year Results
Year Program Position W-L Postseason Notes
1984-85 Tufts Head Coach 14-7 NIAC Finalists
1985-86 Tufts Head Coach 16-6 NIAC Finalists
1986-87 Tufts Head Coach 19-3 NIAC Championship
1987-88 Tufts Head Coach 13-7 NIAC Finalists
1988-89 Tufts Head Coach 13-11 NIAC Finalists
1989-90 Tufts Head Coach 16-5 ECAC Semifinals
1990-91 Tufts Head Coach 17-7 ECAC Semifinals
1991-92 Tufts Head Coach 15-6 ECAC Semifinals
1992-93 Tufts Head Coach 14-11 -
1993-94 Dartmouth Assistant Coach 16-11 -
1994-95 Dartmouth Assistant Coach 16-11 NCAA Tournament First Round
1995-96 Dartmouth Assistant Coach 16-10 -
1996-97 Dartmouth Assistant Coach 13-13 -
1997-98 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 15-11 -
1998-99 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 19-9 NCAA Tournament First Round
1999-00 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 20-8 NCAA Tournament First Round
2000-01 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 12-15 -
2001-02 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 11-16 -
2002-03 Dartmouth Associate Head Coach 15-12 -
2003-04 Vermont Head Coach 14-13 America East Quarterfinals
2004-05 Vermont Head Coach 14-15 America East Semifinals
2005-06 Vermont Head Coach 9-18 America East Quarterfinals
2006-07 Vermont Head Coach 19-12 America East Semifinals
2007-08 Vermont Head Coach 24-9 WNIT Second Round
2008-09 Vermont Head Coach 21-12 America East Champions/NCAA 1st Round
2009-10 Vermont Head Coach 27-7 America East Champions/NCAA 2nd Round
2010-11 UMass Head Coach 7-23 A-10 Tournament First Round
2011-12 UMass Head Coach 8-21 -
2012-13 UMass Head Coach 3-26 -
2013-14 UMass Head Coach 4-27 A-10 Tournament Play-In Game
As Head Coach 20 Years Three Programs 287-245 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances
Overall 30 Years Four Programs 440-361 5 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Updated 10/3/13

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