Boston College hires Bernabei-McNamee as women’s hoops coach

April 10, 2018

FILE- In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, then-Pikeville head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee shouts instructions to her team during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball exhibition game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Boston College announced Tuesday, April 10, 2018, that Bernabei-McNamee, who then coached the Albany women's team for two years, had been named as Boston College women's basketball coach. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College has hired Joanna Bernabei-McNamee as its new women’s basketball coach.

Athletic director Martin Jarmond announced the hiring Tuesday. Bernabei-McNamee replaces Erik Johnson, who resigned last month.

Bernabei-McNamee spent the past two seasons at Albany, where she led the Great Danes to a 45-19 record. She guided them to a NCAA berth in her first season in 2016-17 and a WNIT berth last season following a 24-8 campaign.

She was named the 2017 Women’s Division I Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Prior to Albany, Bernabei-McNamee spent three seasons at the University of Pikeville, where she won 63 games and made a NAIA Final Four appearance in 2016.

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