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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: July 22, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College women's basketball head coach Julie Veilleux will start her first year of coaching the Mules with new assistant coach Bethany Dannelly by her side during the 2011-12 season.
Dannelly was the Assistant Director of Operations and the Video Coordinator for the University of Virginia women's basketball team last year. She also was the head coach of the University of Virginia club basketball program for three years. Dannelly had a career record of 87-3 during that time and made it to the national semifinals two years in a row.
During her head coaching stint with the Virginia club team, Dannelly also was a graduate assistant for the UVA women's team before being promoted to Assistant Director of Operations. Dannelly worked under then head coach Debbie Ryan, who had a 736-323 record in 34 years at Virginia before resigning after the 2010-11 season.
"I am thrilled Bethany is joining our Colby women's basketball program. Her experience, work ethic, teaching skills, appreciation, and understanding of the Colby student-athlete are important qualities we will benefit from," Veilleux said. "I am confident her background, combined with her positive and energetic personality, will greatly assist this program in a manner that is respected and admired. She will be a wonderful mentor for the women on our team."
Before coming to Virginia, Dannelly was a math and physical education instructor at Hampton Roads Academy. She was the head JV girls basketball coach and an assistant coach on the varsity team from 2005 to 2008.
Dannelly earned her master's degree in exercise physiology from Virginia in May 2010. She was awarded her bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University in June 2005. Dannelly also completed one semester of study at Bond University in Australia in 2003.
Dannelly, a two-year captain, was a four-year starting point guard at Washington & Lee from 2001 to 2005. She still holds career records for assists (459) and steals (197). She never had fewer than 84 assists and 42 steals in a season, plus holds the single-season record for assists with 152 in the 2001-02 season.
Dannelly was an Old Dominion Conference Scholar-Athlete from 2003 to 2005.