Yale Names Clare Fitzpatrick Assistant Coach

Yale Assistant Coach Clare Fitzpatrick (Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications)
Yale Assistant Coach Clare Fitzpatrick (Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications)

Former Cornell Standout Joins Bulldogs' Coaching Staff for 2013-14


Clare Fitzpatrick Bio from Cornell


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team announced Monday the addition of Clare Fitzpatrick as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

A 2013 graduate of Cornell University, this is the first coaching opportunity for Fitzpatrick, who takes over for former assistant coach Kelly Rotan. Rotan left Yale last month following two seasons to take an assistant coaching position at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"We have been very fortunate at Yale to be able to attract outstanding young coaches to our third assistant position. Kelly Rotan was one of our best and we are proud to see her moving up in the coaching ranks with her appointment to a full time assistant position at the Air Force Academy," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "We are also very happy to welcome Clare Fitzpatrick into our Bulldog family. Clare certainly is keeping with our tradition of excellence in young coaches. She was a formidable opponent for us to contend with when we played Cornell and I am very happy she is now on our side."

Fitzpatrick began her pursuit of a coaching career when she took part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program during the WBCA's national convention at the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans in April.

"I am very excited to be joining the Yale coaching staff," Fitzpatrick said. "Yale has always been very competitive within the Ivy League and I am very happy to be a part of it. Coach Gobrecht and her staff do an amazing job, and I am excited to work with them. It is a tremendous opportunity to have my first coaching experience come in the Ivy League after playing in the league for the past four years. I hope I can bring my knowledge and experience of the league to good use here at Yale."

The Southbury, Conn., native left Cornell with her name inscribed all over the school's record books. A three-time All-Ivy selection, she was named to the Ivy League All-Rookie team in 2010 and followed that with back-to-back Ivy League honorable mention selections in 2011 and 2012. As a senior, she was also named to the College Sports Madness All-Ivy first-team.

Fitzpatrick started a school-record 109 games during her career and finished ranked seventh overall in points (1,201), sixth in rebounding (609), fourth in free throws made (328), and fifth in blocked shots (68). One of the Big Red's leading scorers and rebounders in each of her four seasons, she is just the second player in Cornell history, and first under head coach Dayna Smith, to reach 1,200 career points and 600 career rebounds.

Fitzpatrick lettered four times at the Canterbury School. She set the school scoring record with 1,521 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau as a junior in just her 55th game. Fitzpatrick also set the individual game scoring record at Canterbury with a 43-point performance during the 2007-08 season. A three-time captain, she was named her team's MVP all four seasons. Fitzpatrick led her team to the Class C New England Prep School Championship in 2009 and was named MVP of the championship game. She also earned NEPSAC All-Star team honors in her final three seasons. Fitzpatrick also lettered four times in field hockey and twice in softball.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity