Whitney Edwards has been named the new head coach of the Saint Rose women’s basketball program, the school’s athletic department announced Monday in a press release.
Edwards, a 2007 graduate of New Hampshire, most recently worked as an assistant coach at Northeastern for years, where her coaching focused around the program’s guards and defensive system.
“We are thrilled to welcome coach Edwards to the Golden Knight family,” Saint Rose athletic director Lori Anctil said in Monday’s press release. “Whitney brings a wide range of experience to our program having coached in all three NCAA divisions, including the NE10. A highly respected coach, committed to the overall development of student-athletes on and off the court, Whitney is a passionate teacher of the game, a dynamic recruiter, and will bring tremendous energy and passion for our women’s basketball program. We look forward to competing for and bringing NE10 championships to Saint Rose under her leadership.”
Edwards replaces Karen Haag who led the Saint Rose program for 19 seasons. Last season, Saint Rose finished 7-19.
At New Hampshire, Edwards was a two-time captain and the 2007 America East Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Her first college coaching job was as an assistant coach at SUNY Plattsburgh. After three seasons at SUNY Plattsburgh, Edwards spent two seasons at Stonehill — an NE10 conference member — as an assistant coach, then spent two seasons on staff at New Hampshire before spending three more at Northeastern.
Edwards earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology, and obtained a master’s degree in leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2015 and is on track to earn a second master’s degree in leadership with a concentration in sport and social change from Northeastern this month.