Former Dartmouth Head Coach Koclanes joins Drexel WBB staff

Drexel women’s basketball head coach Amy Mallon announced the addition of Belle Koclanes to the team’s coaching staff on Wednesday. Koclanes comes to the Dragons with more than a decade of coaching experience at the Division I level.
“We’re very excited to be able to bring someone with Belle’s experience and enthusiasm to our coaching staff,” said head Coach Amy Mallon. “She is ready to jump all in on Day One and help our team achieve its goals of a CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. I am confident that her presence around our team will have a positive impact on our players, staff, and the entire Drexel women’s basketball family.”
Koclanes most recently spent eight years as the head coach at Dartmouth. In her second season with the Big Green, she helped engineer a nine-game improvement as the team turned in a 14-14 record, its first season with double-figure wins in five years and the first time in six seasons that Dartmouth was .500 or better. Her success continued as the 2017-18 team posted a 15-12 mark.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of this incredible Drexel women’s basketball family,” said Koclanes. The championship culture and tradition that Coach Mallon continues to create serves as a model for collegiate programs across the country. My family and I are grateful to be Dragons!”
Prior to Dartmouth, Koclanes worked for two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at American University, helping the Eagles to a 45-17 record including the first 14-0 mark in Patriot League history and a berth in the 2012 WNIT. She also
No stranger to the CAA or Philadelphia, she was an assistant coach for three seasons at Old Dominion from 2008-11, mentoring the Monarchs to a 56-38 record and two trips to the WNIT. She got her coaching start across University City at Penn where she worked for four years.
Most recently, Koclanes took a season away from the collegiate ranks to serve as the president of  Strive: How You Lead Matters, a non-profit organization located in Wilmington, Del, dedicated to spreading the power of character-driven leadership.
A standout as a player, Koclanes was a three-year captain at the University of Richmond where she graduated as the Spiders’ all-time leader in assists and was a First Team All-Conference performer in 2001. She would go on to play professionally in Greece and Bulgaria.
Koclanes earned her bachelor’s in leadership studies at Richmond and her master’s in culture and communication from NYU.

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