Nettie Respondek has been hired as an assistant coach of the New York University women’s basketball team. Her main responsibilities will include both recruiting and on-court development with the Violets’ perimeter players. She will also assist with game preparation and spearhead the team’s efforts to engage with both the NYU and greater NYC community.
“We are thrilled to add Nettie to our program as we continue to build on the NYU women’s basketball legacy,” said Head Coach Meg Barber. “She has a passion for mentoring student-athletes, a lifelong love of basketball and believes strongly in the opportunities that an exceptional university like NYU will provide our young women. Her wealth of experience as both a coach and student-athlete will be a tremendous asset to our program and to our student-athletes. She is passionate about building champions in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Nettie has competed at the highest levels of college basketball and will be an unbelievable asset to our student-athletes as they grow and thrive under her guidance.”
Respondek has brought a great deal of coaching experience with her to NYU, having served as an assistant at four NCAA Division I institutions. Most recently,
she worked at the University of Denver from 2015-17. While there, Respondek served as the Offensive Specialist and Perimeter Player and Point Guard Coach for the Pioneers. Under her guidance, the team increased its scoring by almost 10 points per game (53.5 to 62.3 ppg) from 2016 in 2017.
For three seasons (2012-15), Respondek was an assistant at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She helped lead the Terriers to the Northeast Conference Championship and their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015.
Respondek spent two seasons (2010-12) at Columbia University, working mainly with the Lions’ post players and forwards while also serving as the Junior Varsity Head Coach. Prior to that stint, she was at Fordham University from 2006-10 and served as Recruiting Coordinator in her final season. While at Rose Hill, Respondek brought in several All-Atlantic 10 players, including Tournament MVP Abigail Corning.
A 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human and organizational development, Respondek went on to earn a master’s degree in human development counseling from the Nashville, TN, school in 2000. She was a four-year member of Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team and helped lead the Commodores to two NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Elite Eight.
“I am grateful to Coach Barber and the NYU athletic administration for offering this special opportunity to be a part of the rich tradition of NYU women’s basketball,” Respondek said. “NYU provides a world-class academic, athletic and social experience in the greatest city in the world! I cannot wait to share my passion for the game and to help lead our young women to greater heights on the basketball court. With Coach Barber at the helm, and the outstanding resources provided, all of the tools are in place to compete at the top of the UAA.”
A native of Rosenberg, TX, Respondek resides in Manhattan.Assistant Coach DIII NYU