Women's Basketball—Coaches

Julie Veilleux
Head Coach

Julie Veilleux

email: jnveille@colby.edu
phone: 207-859-4923
fax: 207-859-4965

Julie Veilleux heads into her third season as the head coach of the Colby women's basketball program in the 2013-14 academic year. 

Veilleux, an Augusta, Maine, native, is the 11th head coach in program history.

"Julie really captivated our search committee with her energy and her presence.  She has such a great emotional connection to Colby as her father is an alum of the College and she grew up attending basketball camp on campus," Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Marcella Zalot said. "She has prepared herself well for this opportunity by gaining incredible experience assisting at Bowdoin and at Navy.  Julie has been successful everywhere she has been as both a player and a coach.  Our women's basketball program is at a very high level right now and we are excited to go even higher.  Julie is the person to take us there."

Veilleux is well-known in Maine, starring at Cony High School in Augusta during her playing days. She took her talents to the University of Maine and helped the Black Bears make the NCAA Division I Tournament after winning the America East conference tourney in 2004 and helped the squad to league regular season championships in 2003 and 2004. Veilleux was an assistant coach for coaching great Stefanie Pemper at Bowdoin College from 2005 to 2008, winning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles in 2006 and 2007 and making the NCAA tourney all three years.

When Pemper was named the head coach at Navy, Veilleux was her first hire as an assistant coach. After just one winning season in the previous 10 years, Navy had three straight winning seasons, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament title in 2011, and made the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time ever in 2011.

"Stef was not only a great mentor to me, but she has become such a wonderful friend," Veilleux said. "She allowed me to be such a hands-on assistant and that has helped to feel comfortable and confident that I'm ready for this. She led me to pursue this passion and fire I have for this career."

Veilleux came from a basketball-loving family in Augusta, which is about a 15-minute drive from Waterville. Her father, Gary, was a 1972 graduate of Colby and played a few years under former men's basketball coaching legend Dick Whitmore.

Veilleux played high school basketball under Paul Vachon and helped Cony win a 1998 state title. She was a Maine All-State selection and scored more than 1,000 points. Current Colby women's basketball player Rachael Mack, who will be a senior next year, also played at Cony. Veilleux was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 for her high school career accolades.

Joanne Palombo McCallie, the current women's basketball head coach at Duke University, recruited Veilleux to play at the University of Maine. Palombo McCallie, however, went to Michigan State University and Veilleux ended up playing four years at Maine for Sharon Versyp, who is now the head coach at Purdue University.

 "I was really fortunate as a player to have such special coaches in high school and college," Veilleux said. "They both helped me tremendously."

Veilleux was a starter for three years at Maine before graduating in 2004. Her first job out of college was to join Pemper at Bowdoin. Pemper finished her career at Bowdoin with an amazing 235-48 (.830 winning percentage) record and Veilleux was sitting next to her for the final three years.

Pemper and Veilleux quickly changed the culture at Navy, which had not been relevant in the Patriot League since the 1990's. Navy was among the top 13 most improved Division I programs in the country in 2008 and Pemper was the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the team to the NCAA tourney and the regular season and conference tournament championships.

Veilleux has a third straight job at an institution with high academic standards and she welcomes that challenge.

"I've been lucky to be at places in my coaching career that I really believe in and I believe in Colby," Veilleux said. 

Assistant Coaches

Bethany DannellyBethany Dannelly, Assistant Coach

Phone: 207-859-4949, E-mail: bddannel@colby.edu

Bethany Dannelly enters her third season as an assistant coach for the Colby women's basketball program in the 2013-14 academic year. 
 
Dannelly was the Assistant Director of Operations and the Video Coordinator for the University of Virginia women's basketball team in 2010-11. 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.
 
"Bethany's 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.