Rich Conover was named the assistant women’s basketball coach at UMBC in June of 2013.
Conover, a former head coach in the America East Conference, returned to the America East after four seasons as the head coach of Division II Le Moyne. During his time in Syracuse, N.Y., Conover served as the Coaches Council Chair, bringing forth ideas and concerns to the program’s athletic director. He also implemented an academic progress plan which raised the Dolphins’ women’s basketball team’s grade point average from 2.6 to 3.4.
In 1999, Conover began a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Binghamton, where he helped the Bearcats transition from a Division II institution to Division I. During the 2002-03 campaign, Conover was named the acting head coach for the final 16 games of the year and earned the head coaching job following that season’s end.
Conover spent five seasons (2003-08) at the helm of the Bearcats, posting a 74-87 overall record, including a 62-55 mark in league play. The Yonkers, N.Y., native registered a seven-win improvement in his first full season as the head coach, the 18th-best improvement in the nation that year, en route to earning America East Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year recognition.
During his time with the Bearcats, Conover’s squad not only found success on the basketball court, but also in the classroom as well. Conover coached seven players to All-Conference honors and four 1,000-point scorers. In addition to 23 of his players being named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, his 2003-04 team ranked ninth among more than 300 Division I teams on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll, positing a 3.336 overall GPA.
Conover began his coaching career as the head men’s basketball coach at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt. in 1994. After leading the College of St. Joseph to a 13-win improvement in 1995-96 and earning Mayflower Conference Coach of the Year accolades, Conover took over as the head women’s basketball coach at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt. Conover’s squad was ranked fourth nationally in team defense in the 1996-97 season and sported the nation’s top team defense the following year. Conover then took the reins of the women’s basketball program at Oneonta State for the 1998-99 season.
Conover is a 1987 graduate of Green Mountain College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in leisure facilities resource management. In 1993, he earned his M.A. in education from the College of St. Joseph.