HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald has announced that Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed. In 2011-12, Fabbri guided the Bobcats to one of the most accomplished seasons in Quinnipiac history, adding to an impressive resume at the helm of the women's basketball program.
"Coach Fabbri and her staff continue to elevate the reputation of Quinnipiac Women's basketball in Division I success, academic progress and community service," said McDonald. "It continues to be a pleasure working with Coach Fabbri and her staff and we look forward to many more years of her leading our program."
"I'd like to thank President Lahey, Sr.VP Mark Thompson and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald for allowing me to continue as the Women's Basketball Head Coach at Quinnipiac University," said Coach Fabbri. "This community is so special to me and my family. It truly is an honor and privilege to lead the program into this season and for seasons to come."
Since joining the Northeast Conference, Coach Fabbri has distinguished herself as a premier coach in the league. Fabbri ranks second all-time in career NEC regular-season wins (157) and overall NEC wins (164) after adding significantly to the totals last year.
This past season, Fabbri and the Bobcats completed a tremendous campaign while fulfilling a long list of season goals. Fabbri led the Bobcats to their third 20-plus win season, their 12th consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament appearance and their second Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Quinnipiac fell short to Atlantic-10 opponent Temple in the first round, after advancing to the Semifinals of the NEC Tournament.
Even long before the WNIT bid, the Bobcats had already proven themselves on a national stage. Quinnipiac traveled out westward to California for the 2012 St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic, and came out victorious amongst a field of storied programs. The Bobcats topped Minnesota of the Big Ten on Friday, November 25, followed by a triumph in the championship game over the hosting Gaels of St. Mary's. The other member of the four-team field was Virginia Tech out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Along with team success, comes individual success as well. Felicia Barron was named the Northeast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-NEC First Team after finishing second in the nation in steals for the campaign. Joining Barron with end-of-the-season honors was Jasmine Martin, who was named to the NEC All-Rookie Team.
The terrific season inched Fabbri closer to another milestone, as she now sits with 243 career wins. She recorded her 200th career victory on Dec. 29, 2009 with an 11-point win, 90-79, against Central Michigan in the Consolation Game at the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament. Fabbri was honored with the 2010 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award, an award presented to members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) who have achieved career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more in increments of 100 this past season. Fabbri also became just the fifth head coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to win 200 games for their careers, joining former athletic director and men's basketball head coach Burt Kahn, as well as current men's and women's tennis head coach Mike Quitko, baseball head coach Dan Gooley, and men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold.
Quinnipiac earned its 11th straight NEC Tournament appearance under Fabbri's tutelage in 2010-11, behind a stellar senior campaign from Courtney Kaminski. Kaminski was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team, after leading the team in scoring while ranking eighth in the NEC. Joining Kaminski with an All-Conference accolade was Brittany McQuain, who was named to the All-Rookie Team in her inaugural season.
The 2009-10 campaign featured late-season heroics to advance to the Northeast Conference Tournament. Fabbri guided the Bobcats to two wins in the final weekend of the regular season against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson, propelling Quinnipiac to a berth in the 2010 Northeast Conference Tournament. Making it to the conference tournament for the 10th straight season, the Bobcats earned a No. 7 seed with a 7-11 NEC record.
Fabbri was named the 2000-01 and 2005-06 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and, in 2007-08, Fabbri led the Bobcats to a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The WNIT bid marked the first national postseason tournament appearance in Quinnipiac women's basketball Division I history. She led the Bobcats to 25 wins in the historic season, the most by Quinnipiac since joining the Division I ranks.
For her career, Fabbri has brought some of the finest players in recent Northeast Conference and Quinnipiac University to Mt. Carmel since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks. Fabbri has coached 18 All-League honorees, eight NEC All-Rookie picks, while also placing three players on the 2006-07 All-NEC teams, a first in Quinnipiac history.
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Off the court, Fabbri prides her program in obtaining success in the classroom as well. The Bobcats were recognized by the NCAA for strong Academic Progress Ratings (APR) for the fifth consecutive year. The first full-time coach, and first-ever female head coach in Quinnipiac history, Fabbri has also mentored a number of All-Academic honorees, including a 2003 Verizon Academic All-District I First Team selection in Sara Esidore and a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District University Division Second Team honoree in Kerner.
As a player, Fabbri was named to the MAAC 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002, she was also inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Delran (N.J.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame before being inducted into the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2006. That year, she also received the St. Clare Award at the 22nd Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet.
QUINNIPIAC - Signed women's basketball coach Tricia Fabbri to a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.
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