Head Coach Matt Corkery has announced that Belle Koclanes has been named the new women’s basketball assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Koclanes comes to American after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Old Dominion.
"Mentor, teacher and motivator are three words I would used to describe Belle Koclanes," Corkery said. "Her passion to teach young people the game and to pass along her experiences as a professional and collegiate player is what sets Coach Belle apart. She has a strong track record of building positive relationships with players, recruits, parents and fans alike. Her international experience is also extremely valuable. As our recruiting coordinator, she will be our point person for finding the next generation of Eagles that take our program to new heights."
At Old Dominion, Koclanes worked specifically with the team’s guards, and was also responsible for recruiting, game scouting, budget management and purchasing. During her tenure, she revamped the program’s student manager program, created the Mini Monarchs Kids Club, and oversaw the scout team, walk-on process and camps. In her three seasons, the Monarchs recorded a 56-38 overall record, including a 39-15 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play, and two WNIT berths.
From 2004-08, Koclanes worked as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was involved in all aspects of recruiting, scouting, on-court coaching and game preparation. Prior to that, she served as the director of basketball operations at fellow Ivy League member Columbia in 2003-04.
"I am extremely excited to join the AU family," remarked Koclanes. "Coach Corkery is a dynamic coach with an impressive vision and I am thrilled to be part of the successful culture that he has created."
Koclanes graduated from Richmond in 2002, where she was a four-year standout and three-year captain on the women’s basketball team. She registered 1,205 career points and a program-best 793 assists, a total that ranked her 20th in NCAA Division I history at the time of her graduation. Additionally, her 7.08 assists per game for her career was 13th-most in the Division I record books when she concluded her career. In 2002, Koclanes was an all-america nominee and Naismith Award candidate, as well as an All-Atlantic 10 honoree. She also earned All-Colonial Athletic Association recognition in the 2001 campaign.
Following her career at Richmond, Koclanes played professionally overseas in Greece and Bulgaria. She was a member of Panserraikos, a member of the Foreign International Basketball Association.
Koclanes earned her Bachelor’s degree from Richmond in leadership studies. After returning to the United States from her professional career, she graduated with her Master’s degree in culture and communication from New York University in 2004. Koclanes is fluent in Italian and also speaks Spanish and Greek.