Now in her eighth season, the 2007-08 Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, Trisha Brown has continued the excellence that the Stonehill program has enjoyed at the regional and national level since its inception three-plus decades ago.
After guiding the Skyhawks to their first Northeast-10 regular season title since 1994-95, Brown has cemented herself as one of the premier coaches in all of New England. Currently ranked as the 18th winningiest active coach in all of Division II, Brown is inching closer towards 150 career victories.
Now in her eighth season on the Skyhawk sidelines, Stonehill has won 20 games in a season five times, including the second most in a season (27) in program history in 2007-08.
Stonehill advanced to the Regional Semifinals a season ago, as Brown produced two all-Americans in junior Kelsey Simonds and senior Erika Stupinski ‘08.
Her ability to recruit student-athletes that excel in her style of play shouldn't go unnoticed, as Kristen McWhirter became the second straight Skyhawk and third overall under Brown's eye to earn a place on the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team, joining current student-athletes, Simonds and Megan Methven.
She has guided the Skyhawks to the NCAA Tournament on five separate occasions with a .690 winning percentage along the way.
Just the third women's basketball coach in Stonehill history, Brown has already moved ahead of her predecessor, Kelly Hart, in career wins with 145 victories.
2006-07 could've been Brown's best, recording 22 wins after losing two-fifths of her starting lineup to injuries for either all or most of the regular season. Despite those factors, the Skyhawks won 15 games in the Northeast-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
After opening the 2005-06 season at 18-0, The Skyhawks posted their highest single-season victory mark in eight years with a 24-7 overall record, including a 17-5 slate in Northeast-10 play that was good for second place in the Conference. Brown's success was recognized with the selection of Alisha Collins ‘07 as the Northeast-10 and ECAC Division II Player of the Year and Kelsey Simonds being tabbed as the Conference's Freshman of the Year. Stonehill advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time in seven years and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals for the third time during Brown's tenure, as the Skyhawks knocked off New Haven in the NCAA opening round before falling to eventual national runner-up American International in the round of 32.
Stonehill posted a 22-8 mark during her second season at the helm in 2002-2003 en route to a Sweet Sixteen berth and a trip to the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Championship game. The Skyhawks returned to the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals after posting a 21-8 mark during the 2003-2004 season, as Brown mentored a pair of 1,000 point scorers in Kristen McDonnell ‘03 and Andrea Barr ‘04.
Prior to her arrival at Stonehill, Brown helped lead Harvard to five Ivy League Championships as part of legendary Kathy Delaney-Smith's staff where she was responsible for assisting her mentor with all aspects of the Crimson program and additionally served as Harvard's recruiting coordinator for four seasons.
She helped guide Harvard to a school-record 23 victories in 1997-98 as the Crimson became the first No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history (men's or women's) to upset a No. 1 seed, as Harvard ended Stanford's 59-game home win streak.
A 1987 graduate of Harvard, Brown was one of Delaney-Smith's first recruits and captained the Crimson's first Ivy League championship team in 1985-86, a squad that posted a 20-7 mark. A two-time, team co-captain, she received Harvard's Most Improved Award in 1985.
A two-sport athlete during her career in Cambridge, she was named to Harvard's Silver Anniversary Team for softball in 1988-89 as part of the celebration of 25 years of women's athletics in the Ivy League.
In addition to her coaching success, Brown has served on several boards that involve her alma mater. She is a current board member of the Harvard Varsity Club and in the past she has served as president of the Harvard Basketball Alumnae Association, and the Co-Director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics.