ALBANY — After a national search of a little more than a month, the University at Albany has its new head coach for its women’s basketball program.
Colleen Mullen will become the Great Danes’ new head coach, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday. It is expected that Mullen, Army’s associate head coach for the past six seasons, will be formally introduced later this week at UAlbany.
Mullen will replace Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, who left UAlbany in early April after two seasons leading the program. Bernabei-McNamee — whose UAlbany teams went 45-20 and made two postseason appearances — is now the head coach at Boston College.
In April, UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson had expected the school’s women’s basketball program head coaching job to attract a lot of attention.
“For recruiting our next coach, all people look at what happened before — where did the predecessor go?” Benson said. “From that perspective, it makes our job that much more attractive to potential candidates. Certainly, there’s a recognition out there of the strength of the program.”
Before Bernabei-McNamee, Katie Abrahamson-Henderson coached UAlbany and led the Great Danes into the NCAA tournament in each of her final five seasons before becoming the head coach at Central Florida of the American Athletic Conference.
“Coach Mac left our program better than when she found it — as did Coach Abe,” Benson said in April.
Mullen will inherit a program which has recorded seven consecutive 20-win seasons.
Before serving as Army’s associate head coach for the past six seasons, Mullen was an assistant coach at Army for one. Prior to her seven seasons at West Point, Mullen was an assistant coach at Long Island University for two seasons, for one at Lehigh and for two at Southern New Hampshire. She also served as a director of basketball operations for a season at Northern Illinois.
Mullen started her college playing career at Rhode Island before playing her last two seasons at New Hampshire. She graduated from New Hampshire in 2003 and earned her MBA from Southern New Hampshire in 2006.
Mullen and her wife Lauren Hall-Gregory have a daughter and twin sons.
This past season, UAlbany went 24-8 and had its season end with a loss to Penn in the NIT’s first round.