Boston University Women’s Basketball Staff Update

Entering her first season as Boston University women’s basketball head coach, Marisa Mosely has named a trio to her staff in Kate Barnosky, Darren Bennett and Mitchell Simmons.

Barnosky and Bennett will serve as assistant coaches, while Simmons has been named the team’s director of operations.

Barnosky spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Tufts, where she aided the Jumbos to four consecutive trips to the Final Four and two NESCAC championships. During her tenure on the sidelines, the Jumbos posted a 144-18 mark and recorded three straight undefeated seasons in NESCAC play.

Barnosky transitioned into coaching after a stellar career as a student-athlete at Tufts. A three-year captain, Barnosky was a two-time ALL-NESCAC selection and helped advance the Jumbos to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Huntington Station, New York native graduated from Tufts in 2012 with a degree in child development before obtaining her masters degree in applied child development in 2014.

“Kate Barnosky is a rising star,” commented Moseley. “I am ecstatic to have Kate join our Terrier family, her incredible work ethic and drive to be the best are just a few of the reasons why I am confident Kate is the total package. Her knowledge of the game and ability to teach as well as relate to our players will be a great asset.

Bennett comes to Boston after spending the prior 14 seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Skidmore College. Under Bennett’s watch, Skidmore logged a 193-166 record and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Under Bennett’s tutelage, 15 Thoroughbreds earned All-Liberty League honors, while Kelly Donnelly was named a three-time WBCA All-American.

Prior to arriving at Skidmore in 2004, Bennett served as an assistant coach at the Division I level for six seasons. Bennett arrived at Skidmore after spending one season on the staff at Michigan State as an assistant coach and recruiting coordination. Prior to Michigan State, Bennett served in the same role at Syracuse for three seasons and additionally spent two seasons at Temple.

The Fitchburg, Massachusetts native was a member of Springfield College’s football team for four years and competed on the basketball team for three years. He graduated in 1995 with a degree in health and fitness before receiving his masters in health education in 1997.

“I am thrilled to have Darren Bennett join my staff at Boston University,” avowed Mosely. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Darren for over 20 years and I’m confident he will be an integral part of building a championship program. Darren has had a successful career in the Women’s game at both the Division I and Division III levels. His knowledge of the game and his dedication and holistic approach to developing the entire student-athlete has made him the perfect choice.

Joining Moseley from UConn is Mitchell Simmons, who will serve as the director of operations. Simmons filled the role as head student manager for the UConn women’s basketball team for the past two seasons and was a student manager throughout his four years in Storrs. He managed all aspects of practice and game day responsibilities, both home and away, and supervised a staff of over 11 other student managers.

Off the court, Simmons was the student director of the Digital Media Creative Team within the Department of Educational Leadership for two years, where he launched social media platforms for the department in addition to producing media content for the EDLR.

Simmons graduated from UConn in May with a dual degree in allied health sciences and sport management.

“I am excited to introduce Mitchell,” started Moseley. “I am confident he is the perfect person for this job. His incredible attention to detail and ability to think three steps ahead will be true asset for this position. His loyalty and desire to be great is exactly the kind of energy I was looking for.”

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