Shibles Hired as Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Dartmouth

Dartmouth Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation Peter Roby ’79 has announced that Adrienne Shibles has been hired as the next Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 and Family Head Coach of Women’s Basketball.

Shibles, just the fifth Big Green head coach in the program’s 48-year varsity history, comes to New Hampshire from Bowdoin College, where she spent the past 13 years as the Polar Bears head coach. Since taking over the program prior to the 2008-09 season, she led Bowdoin to a record of 281-67 (.80­7) and qualified for the NCAA Tournament 11 times, reaching the Sweet Sixteen eight times (including five of the last six seasons) and the Final Four twice.

Shibles was named the Coach of the Year in the state of Maine four times, in the region three times, by the NESCAC twice and once by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for all of Division III. In 2019, she also served as a coach for the Team USA U16 squad, and in March was pegged to be that squad’s head coach this summer.

“I’m excited to welcome Adrienne and her family to our Dartmouth community,” Roby said. “She is a proven winner with a commitment to empowering young women to reach their full potential in every way. She is well respected throughout college basketball and will provide our women’s basketball program with dynamic leadership for many years to come.”

During the 2018-19 campaign, Shibles became the winningest coach in Bowdoin women’s basketball history. After guiding the team to its second-straight NCAA Championship Game appearance to conclude that season, she was named the WBCA Division III Coach of the Year.

Bowdoin had a record of 27-2, won the NESCAC Championship and had hosting rights for an NCAA Division III Sectional when the remainder of the 2019-20 season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Shibles’ players have enjoyed numerous accolades with two national players of the year, six All-Americans, 13 all-region performers and 23 All-NESCAC honors — including 14 on the first team — during her tenure. She also had the conference Player of the Year three times, Defensive Player of the Year four times and Rookie of the year on two other occasions.

“I would like to thank Peter Roby and the search committee for this amazing opportunity,” Shibles said. “The process revealed that Dartmouth is a perfect fit for me, my family and my coaching philosophy, combining high-achieving academics with elite women’s basketball. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get started.

“I will forever be thankful to everyone in the Bowdoin community for their support over the last 13 years,” Shibles continued. “I will always treasure the incredible memories with colleagues and staff, our passionate fans and, of course, the incredible student-athletes I had the privilege to coach. I am confident that the extraordinary legacy of Bowdoin women’s basketball will continue well into the future.”

Prior to taking over at the helm of the Bowdoin program, Shibles was the Dean of Athletics and co-curricular programs at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine for three years. The athletic program she oversaw at the selective college preparatory school was comprised of 40 teams, including nationally competitive squads that competed on the snow.

Shibles went to Gould after spending nine years as the head women’s basketball coach and associate professor of physical education at Swarthmore (1996-2005). She inherited a program at the bottom of the Centennial Conference and built it into a conference champion in five years, guiding the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament while being named the WBCA District 4 Coach of the Year. Shibles coached a pair of league Players of the Year and two Kodak All-Americans, then finished her stint with the most career wins in Garnet history, posting a record of 138-96 (.590).

Shibles graduated from Bates in 1991 with a degree in history and American studies. A two-time captain of the Bobcats women’s basketball team, she scored over 1,000 points in her career. Shibles went on to get her master’s in exercise and sports studies from Smith in 1996, serving as a graduate assistant coach for both the Smith soccer team and the Elms College basketball program.

Shibles and her husband, Kirk Daulerio, have two children, Madeline and Elsa.

Photo Courtesy Dartmouth Athletics

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