BLACKSBURG, Va.—After three years as assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at UMBC, Billi Godsey was named the top assistant at Virginia Tech, Hokies' head coach Dennis Wolff announced last week.
"I am very thankful to Billi for her years of loyalty to UMBC and to me personally," UMBC head coach Phil Stern said. "This is a well-deserved move in her career, and we all wish her nothing but the best."
Godsey helped the Retrievers to unprecedented success on and off the court during her tenure, highlighted by the program's first-ever America East regular-season title and WNIT berth in 2011. UMBC tied a school record with 20 wins and posted a 13-3 mark in conference play. At 20-12, the Retrievers posted their first winning season since 2005-06.
In addition, under Godsey's supervision, the women's basketball squad posted the third-highest grade-point average (3.578) in the nation among NCAA Division I women's basketball teams during the 2009-10 academic year. That season, all 11 team members were recognized on the America East Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, with seven student-athletes garnering Commissioner's Honor Roll status for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
"I will always have fond memories of my experience here at UMBC," Godsey said. "Working with Coach Stern and an extremely supportive administration was a time of invaluable professional growth for me. The opportunity to help an outstanding group of young women in their quest to achieve academic and athletic excellence has been truly rewarding. I am very appreciative, and I look forward to following the success of the Retrievers for years to come."