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By Kassie Parisi


Joanna Bernabei-McNamee will be taking over as head coach for the University at Albany women’s basketball team, according to an announcement made Friday.

Bernabei-McNamee, who will be the 11th coach in the program’s history, was a coach at University of Pikeville in Kentucky for three seasons. While there, she was named the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NAIA Regional Coach of the Year, and was also named the 2015 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, according to a press release from the UAlbany Athletic Department.

“Being a part of the UAlbany program is a great opportunity for me and my family,” said Coach McNamee in that press release. “This program and the success it has already accomplished is a great fit for me — the up-tempo brand of basketball fits my coaching style, and I’m excited to build upon the program’s success.”

Bernabei-McNamee is taking over the program from Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who led the Great Danes for six seasons and through five consecutive America East tournaments. Abrahamson-Henderson will be taking over the head coach position at the University of Central Florida.


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