Recent American University women’s basketball alumnae Sahar Nusseibeh ’09 and Nicole Ryan ’09, ’11 have accepted Division I coaching jobs. Nusseibeh joined the staff as an assistant at Patriot League opponent Holy Cross while Ryan will be coaching at Southern Utah.
"We are proud of both Sahar and Nicole for earning these coaching positions," remarked Head Coach Matt Corkery. "Here at American, we strive to not only maximize the student-athlete experience, but to also prepare each of our players for post-college life. We look forward to following the progress of each of their coaching careers."
Nusseibeh begins in Worcester after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati. While working for the Bearcats, she earned her MBA from the school. Nusseibeh graduated from American after making 116 career appearances for the Eagles from 2005-09. She was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in 2006 as well as a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection.
Ryan will take over as an assistant coach at Southern Utah, a Division I school located in Cedar City, Utah. Ryan wrapped up her career at American this year, where she finished with 1,082 career points, 12th-most in program history. Ryan is the school record-holder in career three-point field goals with 211 and is third in career free throw percentage (79.7 percent), and was honored on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team in both 2010 and 2011. She was part of three Patriot League regular season championships during her career as well as three postseason appearances. Ryan earned her Master’s degree from American in psychology this year after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in 2009.