June 29, 2009

Dianne Nolan Named Associate Head Coach

35-Year Coaching Veteran Totaled 517 Wins As Head Coach

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Yale has announced that Dianne Nolan has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. Nolan, a 35-year Division I coaching veteran, served as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs’ sidelines for the past two seasons.

“Dianne has done an outstanding job as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator,” said Gobrecht. “Her expertise, years of experience and contacts within the women’s basketball community have been a tremendous boost to our recruiting efforts.”

Among the players recruited by Nolan at Yale is Michelle Cashen, who earned recognition on the All-Ivy Rookie Team in 2008-09. The incoming Class of 2013 has earned national recognition by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report as the top recruiting class in the Ivy League.

Prior to joining Coach Gobrecht’s staff, Nolan spent 33 seasons as a Division I head coach. In five years at St. Francis (N.Y.) and 28 at the helm for Fairfield, she has amassed 517 career victories. Nolan is a five-time MAAC Coach of the Year and led the Stags of Fairfield to four NCAA Tournaments, including only the second at-large bid in MAAC history in 2001.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity