PIKEVILLE – Joanna McNamee, who led the University of Pikeville women’s basketball program to new heights in just three seasons, accepted the head coach position at Albany, an NCAA Division I program located in Albany, N.Y., on Friday.
“While we hate to see Joanna go, we wish her nothing but the best moving forward at Albany,” said UPIKE Athletic Director Robert Staggs. “She did an incredible job here, recruiting quality student-athletes on and off the court. Leading us to a Fab Four and consistently being ranked in the top 25 in such a short time was extremely impressive.”
The Bears won a school-record 26 games and advanced to their first NAIA Fab Four in 2016. A year earlier, UPIKE went 23-9 under McNamee, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2003.
In three seasons at the helm, McNamee finished with a 63-36 record at UPIKE. She takes over at Albany with an 81-45 career mark after also spending a season at West Virginia Wesleyan in 1999.
McNamee was an assistant at Maryland in 2003 where she was on staff during the 2006 national championship season.
In the 2015-16 season, Albany won the America East Conference Tournament and beat Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before finishing with a 28-5 overall record.
A national search is underway to find UPIKE’s next head coach.