MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head women's basketball coach Corey Boilard has announced that Colleen Moriarty has been retained on the coaching staff and elevated to his top assistant. Moriarty spent the last season as the second assistant to previous head coach Julie Plant.
"I am thrilled to have Colleen as part of our staff, program and family," said Boilard. "Right away I was impressed with Colleen's genuine positive attitude and commitment to the program. Having coached against her, I have seen firsthand what a driven competitor and strong leader she is."
In her first season with the Hawks, she helped lead Saint Anselm to a 19-10 overall record and an appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals. Working mostly with the post players, Moriarty helped lead the squad to the second-best field goal percentage in the NE10 (41.6%), while the team was seventh in the league in blocks per game (3.3).
"She has had success at every stop, especially in player development, working with student-athletes on the court and in the classroom," added Boilard. "She has a passion for teaching the game and will be a perfect fit for teaching our style of play. I am looking forward to seeing Colleen successfully transition into this new role as we move into a new era for Saint Anselm women's basketball."
"It is with great excitement that I am returning to the women's basketball program," said Moriarty. "I am extremely blessed and honored to be a part of coach Boilard's staff. His positive energy and incredible vision of the program inspires me to continue to help lead this program to the top of the NE10. I want to thank him for giving me this opportunity to work with him and the great student-athletes at Saint Anselm."
Moriarty came to the Hilltop after being an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UMass Boston during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. At UMass Boston, she assisted in the most successful seasons in program history that saw the Beacons finish as the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship finalists in both years.
Moriarty helped develop and mentor the post players at UMass Boston, including Kirsten Morrison ('15) and Olivia Murphy ('16), who were both multiple-time All Little East Conference selections and scored over 1,000 points in their careers.
Prior to her time at UMass Boston, Moriarty was an assistant for the Canton High School girls varsity basketball program in 2013-14.
Moriarty attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, graduating in 2013 with a degree in business (marketing). She was a four-year member of the women's basketball team, finishing her career with 1,219 points. Moriarty was named the 2012-13 LEC Player of the Year (first in program history), an ECAC First Team All-Star and was selected to the New England Women's Basketball Association All-Northeast Region and D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region teams.
In her senior season, Moriarty led the Corsairs to the best record in school history (20-8) by averaging a LEC-high 19 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. She also served as a team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Upon graduation, Moriarty played for the Brockton Lady Thunder, a semi-professional basketball team. She currently resides in Manchester.