Trisha Brown expands coaching staff ahead of inaugural Division I season
EASTON, Mass. (June 8, 2022) – Stonehill College Women’s Basketball Head Coach Trisha Brown announced the addition of Jill Conroy and Jhay Fletcher to its coaching staff prior to the College’s transition to NCAA Division I status as members of the Northeast Conference for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Jill and Jhay to the Stonehill Women’s Basketball family,” said Brown. “Both arrive with excellent experience and demonstrated success in all aspects of university training. They have a strong passion for the profession and will bring great energy as we progress to the First Division.”
Conroy joins the Skyhawks after three years on the Stevens coaching staff, serving as associate head coach since January (PHOTO Courtesy of Stevens Athletic Communications)
Conroy joins Brown’s coaching staff after three years as assistant coach to Megan Haughey at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, being promoted to associate coach in January. She was named a 30 Under 30 award recipient by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) this spring and attended the 2022 NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy and the 2021 NCAA Basketball Coaches Academy. Conroy helped lead Stevens to an eight-win improvement. in the 2019-20 season through 2021-22, with the Ducks posting an overall record of 19-7 last winter, including 12-4 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC), en route to a runner-up in the MAC Tournament. The show has appeared in the WBCA Division III Top 25 in two of its three seasons at Stevens and the show has produced two All-MAC artists, including the MAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.
Conroy assisted Coach Haughey in all aspects of managing the program, coordinating recruiting trips, identifying, evaluating and recruiting potential student-athletes of high academic standing. Conroy was responsible for creating and implementing strategic game and training plans, developing offensive schemes and in late game situations. She coordinated the game schedule outside of Stevens’ conference, managed the team’s operating and recruiting budgets, and ran prospect camps. She also created and organized the alumni mentoring program for the women’s basketball program.
Conroy also served as co-chair of the Service Committee for Stevens’ athletic department, organizing community service opportunities for the department, including, but not limited to, partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and donations. of food to local charities. Conroy was the United AAU Program women’s basketball coach in New Jersey last year, assisting in the coaching of the 16U and 17U teams in practice and games.
Prior to joining the Stevens technical team, Conroy spent two years as assistant coach to Bethann Burke at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. Conroy graduated in 2017 from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a four-year member of the Tigers women’s basketball program for coaches Melissa Dunne and Mark Miller. Conroy helped guide Holy Family to a couple of NCAA Tournament hauls, winning the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship (CACC), earning All-CACC second-team honors as a senior, while serving as team captain. . She finished her career fourth all-time in Sagrada Familia history with 1,349 points and second with 440 assists. Conroy earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing, was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and served as chair of the Sagrada Familia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Fletcher joins the Skyhawks after two years as a graduate assistant at Goucher (PHOTO Courtesy Goucher Athletic Communications)
Fletcher joins Brown’s coaching staff after serving the past two years as a graduate assistant coach at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, under Andrea Preston. She assisted the Gophers’ recruiting efforts by serving as the program’s point of contact for recruits from 2022 to 2024, communicating and documenting all program interactions. Fletcher conducted individual and group workouts, planned and facilitated conditioning, and created practice plans and scouting reports as assigned. She also managed the show’s social media.
Prior to joining Goucher, Fletcher was an assistant varsity women’s basketball coach at Bowling Green High School in Kentucky for one year. She also served as a basketball coach at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation for one year. Fletcher gained valuable managerial experience with I9 Sports Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland last year under owner Ryan Ebert. She volunteered at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s basketball tournament this spring, the 2018 Southeast Conference women’s basketball tournament, and the 2018 NCAA men’s tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fletcher graduated in 2018 from the University of Tennessee Southern, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human performance and was a four-year member of the Firehawks women’s basketball program. She has since added Masters in Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University and Leadership Administration from Goucher Athletic Programs.
Stonehill ended his 2021-22 season with a 16-9 overall record, including 12-7 in the Northeast Conference-10 to earn the third seed of the Conference Northeast Division by completing 40 wins.º appearance in the NE10 Tournament. The Skyhawks ranked 8th in the final NCAA Division II East Regional rankings before tournament bids were announced and reached the NE10 Championship for 13th.º time in the show’s history to end the show’s Division II era.
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