Former UMaine women’s basketball standout Missy Traversi was recently named an assistant coach for the Harvard women’s basketball team.
Traversi, a first-team All-America East selection and 2005 Maine grad, moves to the collegiate coaching ranks after coaching at the high school, AAU and international levels.
“We are very excited to have Missy join our staff,” Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge as a point guard, invaluable international playing and coaching experience and most importantly, an incredible level of energy and passion for the game.”
While at Maine, Traversi helped lead her team to an NCAA tournament appearance, two WNIT appearances and three regular season America East titles. In her senior season, she served as team captain, was named first team all-conference, became a member of the 1,000-point scoring club and earned a contract to play professional basketball in Sweden.
Traversi was the number one scorer in Sweden, averaging 23.5 points per game for the 2005-2006 regular season. At the end of her first year in Europe, she was invited to the 2006 WNBA Chicago Sky training camp.
Traversi turned to coaching and returned to her home state of Massachusetts to serve as Brookline High School girls’ varsity basketball coach for the following year. She returned to Sweden to play her second professional season in 2007-2008 where she was later named the assistant coach of her team.
Most recently Traversi coached two seasons at Dover Sherborn High School and during the 2008-2009 season was named the Tri Valley League Coach of the Year.