Joanna Bernabei-McNamee Named Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Boston College

William V. Campbell Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond announced today the hiring of Albany women’s basketball head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee as the new head coach of Boston College women’s basketball.

McNamee will be introduced to the media Wednesday, April 11 at 1 p.m. inside the Barber Room on the second floor of the Yawkey Athletics Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joanna and her family to The Heights,” said Jarmond. “She is a proven head coach who can recruit and develop student-athletes, and who has shown she can win at the highest level. She has won at every program she has coached at, including serving as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for a National Championship team at Maryland. Joanna is one of the best young coaches in the game and brings a unique experience as a program changer at multiple levels to our program at Boston College.”

McNamee led Albany to a 45-19 record during her two years as head coach. In 2016-17, she guided the Great Danes to the American East Tournament Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Albany finished 24-8 overall and participated in the WNIT.

In addition to leading Albany to consecutive 20-plus win seasons, McNamee was named the 2017 Women’s Division I Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

“I am grateful for this amazing opportunity,” said McNamee. “Boston College has a nationally renowned reputation and I am honored to be a part of it. Martin Jarmond and his staff are committed to greatness and I will match their energy and enthusiasm. Together we will bring an unprecedented winning spirit back to the BC women’s basketball program. My family and I are excited and look forward to embracing the city of Boston and the great community at The Heights!”

McNamee, a native of Weirton, West Virginia, was named head coach at Albany in April of 2016 after three seasons as the head coach of the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky. There, McNamee racked up 63 wins and led the program to back-to-back national tournament berths, including a program-record 26 victories and an NAIA Final Four appearance in 2016.

She was named the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NAIA Regional Coach of the Year, and also earned Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2015.

Prior to Pikeville, McNamee coached in both the ACC and BIG EAST. She served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland for four years from 2003-07, and was an integral part of the Terrapins’ 2006 National Championship season. Maryland beat Duke 78-75 in overtime for the title  at TD Garden in Boston and finished with a record of 34-4. During her tenure, she brought in four straight nationally ranked recruiting classes, including three in the Top 10.

McNamee spent two years at West Virginia as an assistant coach where she was a scout, position coach and recruiting coordinator. Before her time in Morgantown, McNamee had a two-year stint at Eastern Kentucky where she was responsible for scouting and individual player development, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator.

The West Virginia native began her head coaching career in 1998 at West Virginia Wesleyan where she compiled an 18-9 record and a third-place finish in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), while also acting as the school’s Senior Women’s Administrator.

She attended West Liberty State and was named a Division II All-American and a four-time, first-team All-WVIAC selection as a point guard.

The 1997 WVIAC Player of the Year, McNamee still holds the NCAA Division II career assists record of 1,107 and the record for assists in a game with 24. She is one of only four players in NCAA history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 assists, finishing her stellar career with 1,317 total points.

McNamee also holds the NCAA record for average assists per game (9.5), and the school and conference marks for assists in a game, season (294) and career. She led her team to an 80-36 record over four years and is listed on West Liberty’s Top 20 all-time Best Athletes list. She was the first woman to be named first-team All-West Virginia Athletic Conference for four years and was inducted into the West Liberty State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2011.

McNamee earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology in 1997 from West Liberty and a master’s degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky in 1999. Joanna and her husband Joe McNamee have two sons, Luke and Caden. McNamee took a nearly four-year hiatus from coaching (2009-13) to focus on raising her children.


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