Kristin Drabyn, Brenna Rollie Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coaches at UMBC
BALTIMORE—UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern today announced that Kristin Drabyn and Brenna Rollie will join the Retriever staff as assistant coaches. Drabyn will fill the position vacated by Billi Godsey, who accepted a similar job at Virginia Tech last month, while Rollie will fill the position which Stern left vacant last season. The pair joins the incumbent Cheri Eleazer to complete the 2011-12 coaching staff.
Drabyn was a four-year standout shooting guard at 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 Council (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."
A native of Avon, Ind., Drabyn graduated from UMBC in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in broadcast communications and exercise physiology, and she earned her master's degree in sports management from Texas Tech in 2010. Her brother, Steve, was a four-year basketball standout at Belmont University from 2000-04 and is currently an assistant coach atStetson University.
Rollie comes to UMBC after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Bucknell, where she assisted in all aspects of on-floor player development, working primarily with the backcourt. She also served as the teams' academic monitor, overseeing a squad that ranked 14th in NCAA Division I with a 3.422 team grade-point average and boasted two players on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team. In addition, Rollie coordinated the Bison's community service projects and was involved in recruiting and game-planning.
"I want to thank Coach Stern and UMBC for the opportunity to be a part of the women's basketball program," Rollie said.
Prior to Bucknell, Rollie spent two years as the director of basketball operations at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was charged with coordinating travel, special events and the team's FastBreak Club and Kids' Club. She also coordinated the Panthers' community outreach efforts, leading the program to the Horizon League's Community Service Award in each of her two seasons with the university.
A Minnesota native, Rollie served as a graduate assistant coach at Bemidji State University. Among her many responsibilities with the Beavers, Rollie aided with player development, scouting and recruiting. She also helped the team improve its record each year.
Rollie was the starting shooting guard at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., from 2000-2003. She ranked among the North Central Conference's top 10 in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio as a junior, when the team captain averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 assists. Rollie completed her college career at Minnesota State-Moorhead, where she received the Dragons' Sixth Player Award after shifting to point guard.
While completing her student-teaching obligations in 2004-05, Rollie also served as an assistant coach at her high school alma mater, Rothsay High School, where she holds the school's all-time records for scoring, rebounding and assists.
"We're fortunate to add someone with Brenna's experience to our staff," Stern said. "She has been involved in all aspects of coaching over the past six years, and I'm excited about the impact that she will have on our student-athletes."
Rollie graduated from Minnesota State-Moorhead in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and teaching and a minor in coaching, and she earned her master's in sports studies fromBemidji State in 2007.