Dartmouth assistant Phelps named Women’s Basketball Coach at Bowdoin

The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Megan Phelps ’15 as head coach of the women’s basketball team. A former assistant coach for the Polar Bears from 2017-20, Phelps returns to Brunswick after a year as assistant coach at Dartmouth College.

“I am thrilled to welcome Megan Phelps back to Bowdoin as our head coach of women’s basketball,” says Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. “Megan’s passion for supporting the academic interests and community engagement of our students, along with her insightful perspective and love for the game of basketball leave her uniquely qualified to lead our program forward.”

“As a proud alumnae of the College, the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities are truly special to me,” says Phelps. “I would like to thank Tim Ryan, President Rose, and the members of the search committee for this opportunity. Maine is a state that loves its women’s basketball and I am thrilled to return to the place where my love for the game was born. I cannot wait to work with the amazing women on the team, and continue to build on the incredible legacy of Bowdoin Women’s Basketball.”

A native of Southwest Harbor, and 2015 graduate of Bowdoin, Phelps served as the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for Adrienne Shibles at Dartmouth last season. Prior to that, Phelps helped guide the Polar Bears to an 87-7 record and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship game in her time as assistant coach for the Polar Bears from 2017-20.

Following graduation from Bowdoin in 2015, Phelps started her coaching career at Regis College where, under the direction of head coach Angela Santa Fe, she helped steer the Pride to an exceptional two-year stretch. Regis went undefeated in the New England Collegiate Conference play for two consecutive seasons while recording an overall mark of 46-11 and qualifying for two NCAA Tournament appearances. While coaching, Phelps also completed her Master’s Degree in Communications.

Phelps graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in Government and Legal Studies and enjoyed a fantastic playing career at Bowdoin scoring 696 points, grabbing 512 rebounds, leading the Polar Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances while twice being named team captain. Phelps graduated from Mt. Desert Island High School in 2011 where she was a two-time captain, a 1,000-point scorer, two-time Big East Player of the Year and Miss Maine Basketball finalist. In 2019 she became the youngest person inducted into the MDI High School Athletic Hall of Fame.


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