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Former Retriever standout Kristin Drabyn returned to UMBC as an assistant coach in May 2011.
Drabyn was a four-year letterwinner at shooting guard for UMBC from 2004-08, helping to lead the Retrievers to the 2007 America East title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A two-year starter, she is UMBC’s career record-holder in free throw percentage (.887) and currently ranks second all-time in 3-pointers made (168) and third in 3-point percentage (.348).
Drabyn was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team as a senior in 2008, when she averaged a career-best 11.4 points per game and ranked second in the league with 2.3 three-pointers made her game. She remains one of just three Retrievers ever to sink at least 60 triples in two different seasons.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity by Coach Stern to come back to my alma mater and teach the game,” Drabyn said. “I am extremely proud of where the program has been and where it is going.”
Following her graduation from UMBC, Drabyn spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech, where she served as the video coordinator and assisted in the everyday operations of the women’s basketball program, and in 2010, the Lady Raiders advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Drabyn spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Holy Cross, where she worked closely with the guards and was involved in scouting, recruiting and practice planning. She also served as the Crusaders’ video coordinator and directed the team’s community service projects.
A team captain in 2007-08 and the president of UMBC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) that same year, Drabyn won the America East Sportsmanship Award in 2007, as the conference recognized her community outreach efforts, which included working with Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans in the spring of 2006 and mentoring local elementary school students as a part of UMBC’s Make a Difference program.
“I’m extremely excited to bring Kristin Drabyn back to UMBC,” Stern said. “She was a part of the greatest moment in UMBC women’s basketball history, and she made great contributions on and off the court throughout her four years here as a player. She grew up in a basketball family, and I knew she would be a coach from the second I met her. Her basketball knowledge is well beyond her years, and she will impact our players immediately.”
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