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Dartmouth hires new women’s hoop coach

  • Shibles

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2021 9:58:38 PM
Modified: 5/4/2021 6:02:45 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College on Monday said it has hired a successful Division III women’s basketball coach from northern New England to lead its program.

Incoming women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles joins the Big Green after 13 years at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

She led the Polar Bears to a 281-67 record during her tenure, reaching the NCAA Women’s Division III Basketball Tournament 11 times with eight Sweet Sixteen appearances and two Final Fours.

Shibles led Bowdoin to the Sweet Sixteen in five of the last six seasons and two consecutive championship game appearances in 2018 and 2019.

She was named Maine Coach of the Year four times, and in 2019 was named Division III Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

“I would like to thank Peter Roby and the search committee for this amazing opportunity,” Shibles said in a Dartmouth news release. “The process revealed that Dartmouth is a perfect fit for me, my family and my coaching philosophy, combining high-achieving academics with elite women’s basketball. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get started.”

Shibles graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1991.

She was a two-time captain of Bates’ women’s basketball team and scored over 1,000 career points for the Bobcats.

Shibles becomes the fifth head coach in the Dartmouth program’s 48-year history.

The Big Green are seeking their first Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.

They’ve finished with a winning record just twice in the last 13 seasons — which doesn’t include 2020-21, which Dartmouth missed entirely because of COVID-19.

Dartmouth women’s basketball has never won an NCAA Tournament game.

The position was vacant for more than two months after Belle Koclanes stepped down from the role in February.

Koclanes led the Big Green to a 77-117 overall record (34-64 Ivy League) in her seven seasons at the helm.

Shibles was hired by Peter Roby, who took over as interim director of athletics and recreation in February.

Roby is slated to serve in the interim role until June 2022 as the school searches for a new permanent athletic director.

“I’m excited to welcome Adrienne and her family to our Dartmouth community,” Roby said in the release. “She is a proven winner with a commitment to empowering young women to reach their full potential in every way.

“She is well respected throughout college basketball and will provide our women’s basketball program with dynamic leadership for many years to come.”

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