Aug. 11, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. announced today that Morgan Valley has been named as assistant women's basketball coach for the 2005-2006 season. "We think Morgan Valley is a perfect fit for this position in our program and we are very excited to have her on board," said Gibbons.
Valley, who graduated from Connecticut this past May, was a four-year letterwinner with the Huskies from 2001-2004 and was a part of three NCAA National Championship teams. In 108 career games, Valley was a .746 percent free throw shooter and shot .430 percent from the floor, averaging 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in a Connecticut uniform. In her four years at UConn, the Huskies' record was 139-8. In 2001 she was a member of the All-Big East Travel Team.
"Morgan comes highly recommended by some good friends of mine in the business, including Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, ESPN's Doris Burke and Connecticut men's assistant (former Holy Cross head coach) George Blaney. They all raved about her basketball knowledge, work ethic, loyalty and passion for the game," said Gibbons. "I think Morgan will mesh nicely with Coach (Brian) Wilson and Coach (Trinke) Vaughan to make a terrific staff."
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Holy Cross staff and I cannot wait to start," said Valley. "I hope to learn a lot from the coaching staff and will try to help the program in any way possible."
Last season, Valley served as a student assistant on the Connecticut women's basketball staff. While at UConn, Valley edited game and practice film and was in charge of film exchange. She also scouted talent and prepared scout tapes on the Huskies' opponents.
In 2004, Valley was the Director of the Basketball Hall of Fame clinics in Springfield, Mass., where she managed and coordinated the daily agendas of campers and staff members during a series of six clinics. She also served as the co-director of the Valley and Valley Girls Basketball Camp in Burlington, Vt., where she facilitated the daily activities of all campers.
For the past four years, Valley has also been both a commissioner and a counselor at the Geno Auriemma Girls Basketball Camp in Storrs, Conn., overseeing and directing more than 200 campers in basketball skills and other activities.
A native of Vermont, Valley led Rice Memorial High School to two consecutive undefeated seasons and a state title, while earning WBCA High School All-America and Full Court Press First Team All-America honors. She also set school records in points (1,363), assists (477) and steals (385).
The Crusaders open the 2005-06 season with a 7:00 p.m. match-up at Northeastern University on Friday, November 18. Following a 2:00 p.m. matinee at the University of Massachusetts on Sunday, November 20, the defending Patriot League champions host Dartmouth in their home opener on Tuesday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Last season, Holy Cross went 20-11 (12-2 Patriot League), captured the program's 11th regular season title and 10th tournament title in the 15-year history of the League and earned a berth in its 11th NCAA Tournament. The 2004-05 campaign also marked Holy Cross' 16th twenty-win season in the 20-year head coaching career of Bill Gibbons.