Morgan Valley is the new women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford. Sue Bird, a UConn legend and current WNBA star, said, "Morgan's career has taken her all across the country and it's fitting that she gets her chance to be a head coach in the state of Connecticut. Previously serving as an associate head coach for the Hawks from 2006-08, he returned to Hartford … Danielle Hood, played 2004–2008. 1 of 5 Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri instructs her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in College Park, Md. The basketball court at the New Fairfield town park was named after Rizzotti in honor of her achievements. [23] She is the daughter of Tom and Carol Rizzotti. Valley will be the ninth head coach in … [2] Rizzotti was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. [20] Her credentials included point guard on the 1995 National Championship team, and winner of the Wade Trophy and AP national player of the year award. During that time she was a two-time All-Star,[5] Rizzotti was a member of the Houston Comets after being drafted in 1999,[13] and played for the Comets in 1999 and 2000. Chris Christie On Wearing A Mask, The Best Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List, Hidden Gems Of Hartford And Tolland Counties, Mansfield-Storrs Weekend Weather Forecast, Huskies Open Up Conference Play With A Bang, UConn Makes Another Comeback In Boston College Series. St. Mary's Ryken's Dothard signs with University of Hartford for women's basketball By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somdnews.com Jun … The Assistant Coach of the During the 1995-96 season Jennifer set school records for assists with 212 and steals with 112. McNeill officially introduced as ECU Women's Basketball Head Coach B.A., Syracuse University of Hartford Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced Wednesday that Morgan Valley has been named the Hawks’ head women’s basketball coach. Rizzotti was honored by her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, as the winner of the Red O'Neill Award, an award given annually to a former student athlete who has "gone on to distinguish themselves in their chosen career. "[25], Rizzotti was honored by The University of Hartford in 2010 as Commencement speaker. The University of Hartford's head coach for the women's basketball team will be resigning after nearly 20 years. WEST HARTFORD, CT — Former UConn player and Big East all-star Morgan Valley has been hired as the new head women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford. VanDerveer became the winningest women’s college basketball coach Tuesday night, passing the late Pat Summitt with her 1,099th victory as No.       Conference regular season champion   100% of college coaches and programs are Additionally she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University. University of Hartford Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced Wednesday that Morgan Valley has been named the Hawks’ head women’s basketball coach. The couple's second child, Conor, was born on (2008-07-08) 8 July 2008 (age 12). The Hawks, who have won five America East Championships and have made six NCAA Tournament appearances since 2002, returned to the postseason for the first time since 2013 this past season with a WNIT bid. [3] Jen was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1995-96, presented to the athlete "most deserving of recognition as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Bacher, Kevin, Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Soccer. She continued as head coach of the U19 team and guided the team to another gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship games held in Chile. She also attended ASIJ in Tokyo, Japan. She was the starting point guard on the Huskies first national championship team in 1995, which recorded a perfect season, winning all 35 games. Danielle Hood, basketball player for the University of Hartford women's basketball team. She was named America East Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2010. I can't wait to get started and look forward to representing the community and the University of Hartford. Jennifer Marie Rizzotti (born May 15, 1974)[1] is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player, and current Division I coach at George Washington University. Boston University women's basketball coach Marisa Moseley, a former UConn assistant. Jennifer Marie Rizzotti (born May 15, 1974)[1] is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player, and current Division I coach at George Washington University. McNeill, who is the husband of head coach Kim McNeill, served in the same role at the University of Hartford. [15] In 2010 Rizzotti guided Hartford to an undefeated regular season in the America East Conference and was one of the 10 finalists up for the Kay Yow Coach of the Year. ", "I couldn't be more thrilled to join Hawk Nation, and I can't wait to carry on the winning tradition that has been established by both Jen Rizzotti and Kim McNeill," said Valley. 3 of 3 Hartford head coach John Gallagher, left, jokes with University at Albany head coach Will Brown before a basketball game at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in Albany, N.Y. Photo: Lori Van Buren / Albany Times Union They got a great one! Jennifer graduated with a degree in biology. Rizzotti is currently the head basketball coach at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She previously spent 17 seasons as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Hartford where she led the Hawks to four America East Conference championships and six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Story courtesy of University of Hartford Athletics, 'I Was Wrong': Former NJ Gov. Hartford will hold an introductory press conference at 11 … I would also like to thank President Woodward, Mary Ellen Gillespie and Craig Sandlin for their patience and kindness throughout this process.". [5] [21][22], Rizzotti grew up in New Fairfield, Connecticut and graduated from New Fairfield High School in 1992. [6] Rizzotti won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award during the 1995-96 basketball season. Rizzotti attended New Fairfield High School in New Fairfield, Connecticut. I couldn't be more excited for Morgan and for the University of Hartford. "This is an incredible opportunity and such an honor to be selected as the leader of the Hartford women's basketball program," Valley said. (West Hartford, CT) University of Hartford Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced Wednesday that Morgan Valley has been named the Hawks’ head women’s basketball coach. Hodgdon joins Hartford as an assistant coach after spending 16 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Wheaton College. HARTFORD, Conn. — Lisa Etienne thought she wanted to be a basketball coach. Cory McNeill enters his second year as Associate Head Coach of the ECU women’s basketball team after being hired on April 12, 2019. "I would like to thank the players, staff and administration at Arizona for the time and experience. Gallagher became the 10th coach in the 69-year history of the University of Hartford men’s basketball program. She was the head coach for the USA U18 team, which won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. [26], National champion   From 1992 to 1996, she was one of the stars of the women's basketball team at the University of Connecticut. Sports Illustrated did a series of thirteen photographs featuring players on teams that were chasing or achieved undefeated seasons. She helped the team to a 9–0 record, and the gold medal in the event. Rizzotti was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. "Four of the best years of my life were spent here in Connecticut, and it is truly a dream to be coming back home. Taken at fundraiser, where she was the featured speaker. [14] In 2001, she was traded to the Detroit Shock, but a month later, she was traded to the Cleveland Rockers. Morgan Valley, former UConn women's basketball player and three time National Champion was named the University of Hartford women's basketball head coach by the university Thursday morning. Rizzotti married University of Hartford assistant Bill Sullivan in July 1999. [2] Rizzotti was inducted into the Women's Basketball … She is absolutely the most dedicated and hardworking person I've been around in a long, long time. Valley inherits a Hartford team that is coming off three straight winning seasons — including the program's first 20-plus win campaign since 2013 in 2019 — and consecutive America East Championship appearances. Morgan's best qualities are loyalty, work ethic and experience, and those are the exact qualities you want your head coach to possess. Rizzotti was selected in the dispersal draft by the Detroit Shock in January 2004, but she retired from the WNBA.[14]. The Head Coach of University Of Hartford Baseball is Justin Blood - make it as easy as possible for them to learn about you as an athlete, and be able to start a conversation with you. They hired a terrific coach and an outstanding human being.". [8], Rizzotti was invited to be a member of the Jones Cup team representing the US in 1996.       Division regular season and conference tournament champion       Division regular season champion First-year head coach Morgan Valley has announced the addition of Melissa Hodgdon, Courtney Davidson and Hailee Barron to the Hartford women’s basketball team’s coaching staff. The University of Hartford made a great hire. Was drafted by the … B.S., West Jamelle Elliott’s last season as head coach of the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team was her best. Rizzotti served as the head coach of the USA Basketball U18 team, at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women in June 2010 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs CO.[16][17] She previously served as an assistant coach of the U18 team, assisting head coach Doug Bruno in 2006, when the team went 4-0 to win the gold medal. Valley will be the ninth head coach in the 43-year history of the program. HARTFORD, Conn. — Lisa Etienne thought she wanted to be a basketball coach. University of Hartford Women's basketball Program Coaching & Recruiting Staff If you're hoping to get recruited it's important to understand who to talk to - and NCSA provides the information you'll need. Her experiences as a player and assistant coach at various levels have provided her with all the tools she needs to be an excellent head coach. After a thorough and comprehensive national search process, there is no doubt that she is the perfect fit for the University of Hartford and our women's basketball program. [9], She began her career as a professional basketball player playing for the New England Blizzard of the now defunct American Basketball League. A three-time NCAA champion as a player with the Huskies, Valley brings more than 14 years of Division I coaching experience to Hartford. Maryland won 107-52. "[4] She was named the 1996 Associated Press Player of the Year. Rizzotti was named the 10th head coach of GW women's basketball on April 15, 2016.       Conference regular season and conference tournament champion [14] She played for the Cleveland Rockers from 2001-2003. 1 Stanford romped to a 104-61 victory over Pacific. A two-time New England Women’s … In McNeill’s first season in Greenville, the Pirates made history on the defensive end. The University of Hartford improperly certified student-athlete eligibility, failed to notify student-athletes that their scholarships were reduced or canceled, and had impermissible recruiting contacts by its men’s lacrosse "She has had tremendous success as both a player and a coach, and will be an outstanding mentor for our student-athletes. Valley will be the ninth head coach in the 35-year history of the program. Staff Directory Members By Category/Department Name Title Email Address Phone Tricia Fabbri Women's Basketball Head Coach patricia.sacca@qu.edu (203) 582-5362 (203) 582-5362 Brian Wilson Women's Basketball Assistant Morgan Valley, who played under Auriemma at UConn from 2000-2004, has been hired as the women’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford. [7] This award is given to the best women's basketball player in the country under 5'6' tall. 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Hartford says women's basketball coach Kim McNeill has resigned to become the head coach at East Carolina. Head coach Morgan Valley earned the first win of her career, as the Hartford women's basketball team defeated America East regular-season champion Stony Brook at home, 70-67, in the Hawks' season finale on Wednesday The Comets won the League Championship both seasons. The cover photo of Jennifer Rizzoti racing upcourt is one of the photos in the collection. "From the very start of our search process, Morgan's experience and vision impressed all of us," Hartford Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said. ", UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said, "I'm so excited for Morgan. Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (Women's Basketball, Women's Tennis) 4994 4994 NatoshaG@gators.ufl.edu Cameron Kinzer Coordinator of Basketball Technology 5527 5527 CameronK@gators.ufl.edu Miriam Rutzen Rizzotti's picture was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine in recognition of the perfect season. In her emotional acceptance speech she summarized, "I'm in the Hall of Fame because I played at the right school, at the right time with the right teammates, and I was taught to be a champion by the best coach who's ever coached the game." 2 of 5 Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma directs his team during the second half of an NCAA women’s basketball … Meiser, Patricia, Director of Athletics/Special Assistant to the President. A dynamic coach who has spent time as an … Valley has experienced incredible success throughout her coaching career with three NCAA tournament bids, including a Sweet 16 and Final Four appearance; a women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) championship; and a semifinal finish at the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). The official Women's Basketball Coach List for the Staff Directory Members By Category/Department Jackie Carson Head Coach Jackie.Carson@Furman.edu 864-294-2055 864-294-2055 Pierre Curtis Associate Head Coach Her career arc includes stops at the University of Arizona, University of Washington, Virginia Tech University, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, Towson University, the College of the Holy Cross and UConn. On top of being a proven winner, Morgan has been a part of leading highly successful programs. [18], In 2011, Rizzotti was named USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. 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