Delaney-Smith Welcomes Megan Straumann To Harvard Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Head coach Kathy Delany-Smith welcomes Megan Straumann to the Harvard women’s basketball coaching staff, the program announced on Wednesday (Aug. 23). Straumann joins the Crimson after earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, Straumann served as a graduate assistant coach with the women’s basketball team.

“I am thrilled to have Meg join our staff,” Delaney-Smith said. “She comes to Harvard with a strong playing background and time as a graduate assistant at Rhode Island. Meg has a great passion and work ethic that will be invaluable to our program.”

A two-year captain for Rhode Island during her playing career, Straumann finished fourth on the school’s all-time three-point shooting list by percentage (36.4%). Before a career-ending injury during her senior season, Straumann was averaging 8.3 points and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 39.2% from beyond the arc. She was named URI’s recipient of the 2015 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Distinguished Athletes of the Year honor.

Straumann spent the second half the 2015-16 season as an intern with the Rhode Island coaching staff. Following the season, she was accepted into the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association ‘So You Want to be a Coach’ program. Each year, 50 women are selected to participate in the program, which assists female collegiate players who are interested in pursuing a career in coaching women’s basketball. Participants are provided with professional development, networking and career advancement opportunities as part of the WBCA’s National Convention.

Straumann earned her bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island in human development and family studies in 2015.

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