HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that women's basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri has agreed to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Terms of the deal were not available.
"Tricia has been the driving force in putting Quinnipiac women's basketball in a position for national recognition during her time here in Hamden," said McDonald. "Coming off of her first conference title at the NCAA's highest level and consistently bringing in top recruiting classes have positioned Quinnipiac women's basketball for continued success in the future."
The all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac women's basketball history recently completed her 18th season on the Bobcats' sideline and upped her career total to 273 victories. In 2012-13, Fabbri guided the Bobcats to their most accomplished season in Quinnipiac history, adding to an impressive resume at the helm of the women's basketball program.
"I would once again like to express my sincere gratitude to President John Leahy, Vice President Mark Thompson, and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald to have the faith in me to continue to do a job I love at one of the finest academic institutions in the country," said Fabbri. "I'm proud not only of our most recent achievement on the court, but also of the tremendous work our young women continue to do in the classroom and the successes they've enjoyed after Quinnipiac. It's exciting to be able to give individuals an opportunity to play a sport they love and provide them with access to a superb education."
Since joining NCAA Division I, Coach Fabbri has distinguished herself as a premier coach in the region. Fabbri leaves the Northeast Conference in second place all-time in career NEC regular-season wins (177) and overall NEC wins (187), after adding significantly to the totals this year.
This past year marked a season of firsts for the Quinnipiac women's basketball program, which featured a Northeast Conference Championship title in its final campaign as an NEC institution. Fabbri led the Bobcats to their first 30 win season in program history, also an NEC first as well, which included a perfect 18-0 through the regular season. Quinnipiac garnered the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and made their 13th NEC Tournament appearance in March. The Bobcats defeated Bryant, Mount St. Mary's and then Saint Francis University in the championship game and earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since joining the NCAA's highest division.
Deservingly so, Fabbri was named the 2013 NEC Coach of the Year by her peers and also accepted the Sterling House "Spirit Award" at the annual celebrity breakfast in Stratford, Conn. Under Fabbri's tutelage, Felicia Barron earned her second consecutive NEC Defensive Player of the Year award and a trip to the NEC First Team; Brittany McQuain was named to the NEC Second Team; and Jasmine Martin was selected to the NEC Third Team.
Throughout the season, the team was recognized in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll for 15 consecutive weeks, as the Bobcats climbed as high as seventh in the census. The Bobcats also received votes in the National AP Polls for the first time in program history.
On selection Monday, Quinnipiac turned some heads with its spectacular season and garnered the No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament's Bridgeport Region. The Bobcats drew the No. 4 seed Maryland and headed to College Park, Md. to the Comcast Center for their opening round clash. Quinnipiac went toe-to-toe with the Atlantic Coast Conference power, but ultimately fell to ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas and the Terrapin in a game that was televised nationally on ESPN2.
Long before making it to the big dance, Quinnipiac made some noise against some of the nation's best teams early on. The Bobcats opened the season with a win over 2012 WNIT runner-up James Madison on the road and then were crowned tournament champions at the Brown Bear Classic in Providence, R.I. in December. Quinnipiac capped off its non-conference slate with a huge win over BIG EAST foe St. John's on Saturday, December 22 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Quinnipiac was one of eight NCAA Division I teams to win every game in the months of January and February, giving them the fifth longest winning streak (22) in the country (at the time). The Bobcats' 30-3 overall record was tops in the New England Region, producing a higher winning percentage than the UConn Huskies – the eventual 2013 National Champions.
Tricia Fabbri Career Coaching Records
^ - First Year At Division I
* - Northeast-10 Conference
% - Northeast Conference
# - Northeast Conference Regular-Season Co-Champions
& - Northeast Conference Regular-Season Champions
@ - NCAA Tournament
$ - WNIT Tournament
The success of the 2012-13 season came after a tremendous campaign in 2011-12. Fabbri led the Bobcats to their third 20-plus win season, their 12th consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament appearance and a second trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Quinnipiac fell short to Atlantic-10 opponent Temple in the first round, after advancing to the Semifinals of the NEC Tournament.
Even long before the WNIT bid, the Bobcats had already proven themselves on a national stage. Quinnipiac traveled out westward to California for the 2012 St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic, and came out victorious amongst a field of storied programs. The Bobcats topped Minnesota of the Big Ten on Friday, November 25, followed by a triumph in the championship game over the hosting Gaels of St. Mary's. The other member of the four-team field was Virginia Tech out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Along with the team's success, came individual success as well. Felicia Barron was named the Northeast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-NEC First Team after leading the nation in steals throughout the season. Joining Barron with end-of-the-season honors was Jasmine Martin, who was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team.
Quinnipiac earned its 11th straight NEC Tournament appearance under Fabbri's tutelage in 2010-11, behind a stellar senior campaign from Courtney Kaminski. Kaminski was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team, after leading the team in scoring while ranking eighth in the NEC. Joining Kaminski with an All-Conference accolade was Brittany McQuain, who was named to the All-Rookie Team in her inaugural season.
The 2009-10 campaign featured late-season heroics to advance to the Northeast Conference Tournament. Fabbri guided the Bobcats to two wins in the final weekend of the regular season against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson, propelling Quinnipiac to a berth in the 2010 Northeast Conference Tournament. Making it to the conference tournament for the 10th straight season, the Bobcats earned a No. 7 seed with a 7-11 NEC record.
In that season, Fabbri recorded her 200th career victory on Dec. 29, 2009 with an 11-point win, 90-79, over Central Michigan in the Consolation Game at the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament. Fabbri was honored with the 2010 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award, an award presented to members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Fabbri also became just the fifth head coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to win 200 games for their careers, joining former athletic director and men's basketball head coach Burt Kahn, as well as current men's and women's tennis head coach Mike Quitko, baseball head coach Dan Gooley, and men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold.
Fabbri was named the 2000-01 and 2005-06 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and, in 2007-08, Fabbri led the Bobcats to a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The WNIT bid marked the first national postseason tournament appearance in Quinnipiac women's basketball Division I history.
For her career, Fabbri has brought some of the finest players in recent Northeast Conference and Quinnipiac University to Mt. Carmel since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks. Fabbri has coached 21 All-League honorees, eight NEC All-Rookie picks, while also placing three players on the All-NEC teams in the 2006-07 and 2012-13 seasons.
Off the court, Fabbri prides her program in obtaining success in the classroom as well. The Bobcats were recognized by the NCAA for strong Academic Progress Ratings (APR) for the sixth consecutive year. The first full-time coach, and first-ever female head coach in Quinnipiac history, Fabbri has also mentored a number of All-Academic honorees, including a 2003 Verizon Academic All-District I First Team selection in Sara Esidore and a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District University Division Second Team honoree in Kerner.
Fabbri and the Bobcats begin their quest for a second straight NCAA Tournament bid with the 2013 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Quinnipiac will host North Carolina A&T in the opening round of the invitation-only tournament on Friday, November 8, 2013. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Student-Athletes, parents and fans can download the 2013-14 QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Fans can also follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.
QUINNIPIAC – Signed Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.