Trisha Brown is in her 13th season as head coach of the women's basketball program at Stonehill College and has continued the excellence that the program has enjoyed at the regional and national level since its inception three-plus decades ago. Brown and has established herself as one of the premier coaches in the region and currently ranks 34th among active coaches in Division II with a .684 winning percentage (245-113), having led Stonehill to eight NCAA tournament appearances.
Brown guided the Skyhawks to their fifth straight NCAA tournament berth in 2009-10, posting a 24-10 overall record and advancing to the East Region semifinals. The team finished 16-6 in the NE-10 and advanced to the conference title game, as Emily Rousseau '11 and Kelsey Simonds '10 were named to the All-Conference first team.
The Skyhawks won 22 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament again in 2008-09. Along the way, Stonehill celebrated the 1,000th game in program history with a win over Assumption, took part in an epic four-overtime duel with archrival Bentley, and rose as high as #4 in the national rankings, the team's highest-ever mark. The Skyhawks finished second in the Northeast-10 with a 15-7 league record, marking the fourth time in the last five years that Brown had taken the squad to a top-five finish in the conference.
Brown earned her first NE-10 Coach of the Year selection in 2007-08, as the Skyhawks claimed the Northeast-10 regular-season title for the first time since the 1994-95 season, and went on to win the tournament championship with a victory over Bryant in the title game. Led by All-American performances from Simonds and Erika Stupinski '08, the Skyhawks advanced to the NCAA East Region semifinal game and finished with a 25-7 overall record, matching the program record for wins in a season. Brown also saw a Stonehill player named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team for the third straight year with the selection of Kristen McWhirter '11.
The 2006-07 Skyhawks overcame a series of injuries to finish 22-9 overall and spend 10 weeks in the national rankings, peaking at #10. They reached the NE-10 semifinals with 15 conference victories and earned an NCAA tournament entry, advancing to an East Regional semifinal matchup with NE-10 rival Bentley. Three of Brown's players earned postseason recognition from the conference, as Tiffany Huggins '07 was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, Alisha Collins '07 was selected to the All-Conference first team, and Megan Methven '10 was an All-Rookie honoree.
Stonehill jumped out to an 18-0 start in 2005-06 on the way to a 25-7 overall record, the program's highest win total in eight years. The Skyhawks finished 17-5 in conference play to reach their first NE-10 semifinal game in seven years, and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional for the third time during Brown's tenure, where they knocked off New Haven before falling to eventual national runner-up American International in the Round of 32. Collins was named the Northeast-10 and ECAC Division II Player of the Year, and Simonds earned All-Rookie honors.
Brown's 2003-04 Skyhawks posted a 21-8 record and returned to the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals, while Kristen McDonnell '03 and Andrea Barr '04 both reached the career 1,000-point mark. In just her second season, in 2002-03, Brown led the team to a Sweet 16 appearance, and advanced to the Northeast Regional championship game for the first time.
Prior to her arrival at Stonehill, Brown helped lead Harvard to five Ivy League championship titles as part of legendary Kathy Delaney-Smith's staff. She was responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Crimson program, and additionally served four seasons as Harvard's recruiting coordinator. Brown helped guide Harvard to a school-record 23 victories during the 1997-98 season, as the Crimson became the first No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history (men's or women's) to upset a No. 1 seed when they ended Stanford's 59-game home win streak.
A 1987 Harvard graduate and two-sport student-athlete, 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, and 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.
Brown is part of the Harvard Varsity Club Advisory Committee and has previously served as president of the Harvard Basketball Alumnae Association.
|2002-03||22-8||.733||16-6||.727||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA
East Regional Runners-Up
|2003-04||21-8||.724||16-6||.727||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA Tournament|
|2005-06||24-7||.774||17-5||.773||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA Tournament|
|2006-07||22-9||.710||15-7||.682||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA Tournament|
|2007-08||27-5||.844||19-3||.864||NE-10 Regular Season & Tournament
NCAA Tournament; NE-10 Coach of the Year
|2008-09||22-9||.710||15-7||.682||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA
East Regional Runners-Up
|2009-10||24-10||.706||16-6||.727||NE-10 Tournament Runners-Up; NCAA Tournament|
|2012-13||24-4||.857||19-3||.864||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA
NE-10 Coach of the Year
|Totals||245-113||.684||173-90||.658||12 NE-10 Tournaments; 8 NCAA
2x NE-10 Coach of the Year; 2007-08 NE-10 Regular Season and Tournament Champions