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Kotsopoulos Joins UMass Women's Basketball Staff

UMass Director of Basketball Operations May Kotsopoulos during her playing days for head coach Sharon Dawley at the University of Vermont.

UMass Director of Basketball Operations May Kotsopoulos during her playing days for head coach Sharon Dawley at the University of Vermont.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball program and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the hiring of former University of Vermont star May Kotsopoulos as the Director of Basketball Operations on Monday. Kotsopoulos was a four-year starter for Dawley's Catamount program from 2006-10, helping the team earn a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and back-to-back America East Conference Championships.

"We are thrilled that May has joined our UMass women's basketball family," Dawley said. "She was a tremendous student-athlete and leader at UVM for four years. May will bring a winning attitude to the program and serve as an exemplary role model."

Kotsopoulos comes to UMass after a successful overseas career in Greece in the Greek 1A League. The Waterloo, Ontario, native was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek Team twice, was selected as the Greek League Newcomer of the Year and earned a place on the country's national team.

"I'm very excited to join the women's basketball program and the UMass family," Kotsopoulos said. "Having played for Coach Dawley, I can't think of a better place to start my post-playing career."

Prior to competing overseas, Kotsopoulos played for Vermont from 2006-10 and assisted Dawley in bringing the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances while twice winnings the America East Conference Tournament. An all-around player, Kotsopoulos averaged 13.7 points over a 129-game career with 124 appearances in the starting lineup.

For her efforts on the court, Kotsopoulos was lauded by numerous organizations, including being named the America East Defensive Player of the Year during 2007-08 season and taking home three All-America East Team and four America East All-Defensive team awards.

Paralleling her success on the court in the classroom, Kotsopoulos was named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American during the 2009-10 season, secured a pair of ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 laurels and was recognized three times as an America East Conference Scholar Athlete.

While in Ontario between seasons in Greece, Kotsopoulos stayed connected to the game and used her skills to assist the KW Lightning Basketball Organization as a volunteer. Kotsopoulos also worked the administrative side of the sport with the Connecticut Sun, serving on the game operations staff during the summer of 2009.

Kotsopoulos graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

    The Kotsopoulos File
    The University of Vermont (2006-10)
  • Two-time America East Tournament Champion (2008-09, 09-10)
  • NCAA Tournament First Round Appearance (2008-09)
  • NCAA Tournament Second Round Participant (2009-10)
  • America East Fan's Choice Player of the Year (2009-10)
  • Three-time America East All-Conference Selection (2007-08, 08-09, 09-10)
  • America East Defensive Player of the Year (2007-08)
  • America East All-Tournament Team (2008-09)
  • America East All-Rookie Team (2006-07)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2009-10)
  • Two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 First Team (2008-09, 09-10)
  • Three-time America East Scholar Athlete (2007-08, 08-09, 09-10)
  • Two-year team captain (2008-09, 09-10)
  • Vermont's Female Wasson Athletic Prize Recipient (2009-2010)
    Professional Career (2010-12)
  • Two-time Eurobasket.com All-Greek Team (Greek 1A League; 2011-12)
  • Eurobasket.com Greek League Newcomer of the Year (Greek 1A League; 2011)
  • Greek National Team Member (2012)
     

     

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