Clancy named new women's basketball coach

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 18, 2010
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Christine Clancy

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Christine Clancy, who helped the Colby College women's basketball program to its best year in school history as an assistant coach this past season, was named as the team's interim head coach on Tuesday by Colby Athletics Director Marcella Zalot.

Clancy is the 10th head coach since the women's basketball program was started in 1968. She takes over for Lori Gear McBride, who was named the head women's basketball coach at the University of Vermont on Saturday. Clancy was an assistant coach under Gear McBride the past two seasons.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity. It's really a dream job for me," said Clancy, who is a native of Yarmouth Maine. "It's going to be great to lead this group of players. They are so much fun to work with and they work so hard."

Colby, which returns nine of the 11 players on last year's roster, set a program record for wins in a season at 24-5. The Mules made the New England Small College Athletic Conference title game and the NCAA tourney for the first time. Colby is 37-17 in the two years Clancy has been an assistant.

"I'm pleased and excited that Christine has accepted the offer to coach the women's basketball team for the upcoming season," Zalot said. "We have a talented and dynamic team returning and I am confident in Christine's ability to lead the program and continue the success that was established last season."

Clancy, after graduating from Yarmouth High School, earned her bachelor's degree in 2006 from Brandeis University. She was a University Athletic Association (UAA) first team selection in 2006 and was on the second team after her junior year. Clancy, a captain her senior year, also made the UAA All-Academic Team from 2003 to 2006.

Clancy played at Brandeis under head coach Carol Simon, a 1986 Colby graduate. Simon just finished her 23rd year at Brandeis and still keeps in touch with Clancy.

"She has been incredibly supportive in helping me along when I decided I wanted to get into coaching," Clancy said. "In my mind, the top two conferences in the country are the UAA and the NESCAC for women's basketball. It was a great experience playing in that league."

Brandeis had a 78-25 record in Clancy's four years and she ranks in the top 10 all-time for the Judges in scoring (971), rebounding (572), and free-throw percentage (.791, 277-for-350).

Clancy moved on to Smith College in 2007 and was an assistant basketball coach and earned her master's degree in Sports and Exercise Studies. She participated in the Exercise and Sports Studies Teaching Fellow, a program designed for women wanting to get into coaching. Samantha Allen, who played the past two years for the Mules under Gear McBride and Clancy, will participate in the program this fall.

Clancy received the Colby assistant job in July 2008 and quickly made an impact with the Mules. She was responsible for training Colby's post players among her many duties. Clancy also oversaw and directed the in-season conditioning and weight training program for the team.

The leadership in the weight room paid off this past year. Colby ranked sixth in the country (were as high as third) and led the NESCAC in rebounding margin (plus-10.1).  The Mules also were first in the league in defensive rebounding (29.07 per game).

"We always wanted to be a strong defensive team and a great rebounding team," Clancy said. "You can work on the skill of rebounding, but a lot of it is creating the mind-set that we are a great rebounding team. Being high in the national stats for rebounding became a source of pride for them. The players looked at our rebounding margin after games."

Clancy's first order of business will be to find a replacement for herself as assistant coach. She gets her first look as head coach of the 2010-11 Mules when practice begins on November 1.


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