There have been a handful of changes in the America East coaching ranks since the 2009-10 women’s basketball season ended in March.
New Hampshire and the University at Albany have hired new head coaches, while the University of Vermont is close to filling its vacancy.
UNH recently hired Maureen Magarity as its head coach.
Magarity replaces Kristin Cole, who resigned after leading the Wildcats to a 24-67 record in her three seasons in Durham. That included a 13-35 America East record.
Magarity, a 2003 graduate of Marist, takes her first head coaching position after working for four seasons at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. She was the Black Knights’ associate head coach last season.
She previously served one year each as an assistant at Marist and Fairfield.
Albany’s new head coach is former University of Maine assistant Kay Abrahamson-Henderson.
Henderson, who served under Joanne Palombo-McCallie at UMaine from 1992-94 and at Michigan State (2000-02), most recently was the associate head coach at Indiana from 2008-10.
She was an assistant coach at Washington in 2007-08 after serving as the head coach at Missouri State from 2002-07, a stint that included three NCAA tournament appearances.
Henderson replaces Trina Patterson, who guided the Great Danes to an 82-153 mark (45-87 America East) during eight seasons on the bench. Albany has endured five consecutive losing seasons.
Vermont has narrowed its list of finalists to three in the wake of the departure of Sharon Dawley to Massachusetts.
Colby College coach Lori Gear McBride, New Haven coach and Vermont native Jessica Smith and Ohio State assistant coach Debbie Black are the three women on the Catamounts’ short list.
Dawley coached Vermont for seven seasons, including back-to-back America East championships the last two seasons. The Catamounts, who were 128-86 during her tenure, won their NCAA first-round game last winter.
NCAA honors UMaine teams
The University of Maine had four teams honored by the NCAA on Wednesday for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. The football team, women’s soccer team, women’s cross country team along with the volleyball team were all honored.
These teams posted multiyear APR’s in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation.
Whalen earns 400th victory
Bob Whalen, who coached with John Winkin during the heyday of the UMaine baseball program, has reached a career milestone.
Whalen recently earned his 400th career victory as the head coach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Whalen, who is in his 20th season directing the Big Green, got No. 400 last weekend as Dartmouth earned the Ivy League championship. He boasts a career record of 401-411-1.
At UMaine, Whalen was on the staff from 1982-89, including three seasons as associate head coach (1987-89). He helped the Bears win NCAA Regionals and advance to the College World Series from 1982-84 and again in 1986.
Dartmouth, which earned an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA tournament, await the pairings, which won’t be announced until May 31.