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Empower Basketball Academy at Smith College

Staff


Lynn Hersey • Head Coach


Entering her 12th season at the helm of the Smith College basketball team, Lynn Hersey has overseen consistent improvement that has turned the Pioneers into one of the top teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Smith went 22-7 this season and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament where the Pioneers advanced to the second round before falling to national runner-up Bowdoin. This season, Coach Hersey tallied her 200th career victory and senior Lauren Bondi became the programs first Honorable Mention All-American named by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Bondi was also named First Team Academic All-American and NEWMAC Player of the Year.

In 2018, Smith finished with a 20-6 overall record and earned a share of the NEWMAC regular season championship. Smith would run a 23 game home win streak until falling in the NEWMAC semifinal game. Junior post, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett was named NEWMAC player of the year while junior point guard, Lauren Bondi earned first team honors. Coach Hersey tallied her third NEWMAC coach of the year selection.

In 2017, Hersey directed the Pioneers to an 18-9 overall record and an 8-1 record in non-conference play. Capturing the 5th seed, Smith knocked off 4th seed MIT in NEWMAC quarterfinal action to reach the NEWMAC semifinal round. Sophomore Kennedy Guest-Pritchett earned first team All-Conference honors and was named to the d3hoops.com All Region third team.

Smith finished 2013-14 with an 18-12 record, earned its first-ever outright NEWMAC regular season title, hosted the NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship weekend and appeared in the NEWMAC and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women’s Basketball Championship title games. Rosa Drummond earned All-Conference First Team recognition and was placed on the ECAC Division III New England Second Team while Paulina Solis garnered NEWMAC First Team honors.

In 2012-13, Hersey led her charges to new heights - the Pioneers tied the school record with 23 wins, and made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament, where the Pioneers stunned No. 8 ranked Southern Maine in the opening round. Coach Hersey received her second NEWMAC coach of the year honor.

The Pioneers blazed new trails in 2011-12, winning a school record 23 games, advancing to their second consecutive NEWMAC final, and capturing their first ECAC Championship with a 65-57 win over Keene State College. Hersey received her first NEWMAC Coach of the Year award for her efforts in turning around the program.

Jen MacAulay • Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator


MacAulay enters her third season as the assistant basketball coach at Smith College in 2018.

In 2018, Smith finished with a 20-6 overall record and earned a share of the NEWMAC regular season championship. Smith would run a 23 game home win streak until falling in the NEWMAC semifinal game. Junior post, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett was named NEWMAC player of the year while junior point guard, Lauren Bondi earned first team honors.

In 2017, the Smith coaching staff directed the Pioneers to an 18-9 overall record and an 8-1 record in non-conference play. Capturing the 5th seed, Smith knocked off 4th seed MIT in NEWMAC quarterfinal action to reach the NEWMAC semifinal round.

MacAulay spent the last six seasons as the assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her time with the Minutewomen, she assisted in developing, organizing and implementing practice plans, scouted opponents and developed game plans, worked as a liaison between the team and Compliance office and Academic services and created and maintained the team's social media outlets.

Prior to her time at UMass, MacAulay was an assistant coach at her alma mater, Vermont, from 2008 - 2010 after three years at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and two seasons as a graduate assistant on the women's basketball staff at the University of New Hampshire.

Kate Kerrigan • Graduate Assistant Coach


Kate Kerrigan will enter her first season working with the Smith College basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach during the 2018-19 season. Kerrigan comes to Smith College from Bowdoin College, where she graduated last May with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Psychology. Kerrigan is working to obtain her Master's degree in Exercise and Sport Studies.

Kerrigan, hailing from Wellesley Hills, Mass., was named the 2018 DIII Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Year after leading her team to the 2018 National Championship game in her senior season. Throughout her career, Kerrigan was a three-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, three-time All-NESCAC honoree, and an Academic All-Conference selection from 2016 - 2018. In her senior season, Kerrigan was recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Year, the NEWBA Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year, while also being the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Basketball.

Kerrigan is the only player in Bowdoin women's basketball history to total more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career.

JJ Hoffstein • Graduate Assistant Coach


JJ Hoffstein begins his first season on the sidelines with the Smith College basketball program as a graduate assistant for the 2018-19 campaign. Hoffstein will be pursuing a Master's degree in Exercise and Sport Studies.

Hoffstein joins Smith College after a three year career as a financial associate at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. in New York City. While at Goldman, Hoffstein worked on liquidity risk management, and firm-wide committee governance in the Corporate Treasury department.

Hoffstein graduated from Amherst College in 2014, where he majored in Economics and served a student assistant basketball coach on the Amherst women's basketball team during his senior year. That season, the Lady Jeffs posted a 26-4 record, making it to the NESCAC Finals and to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. As a student assistant, Hoffstein was involved in every part of the program, and took a particular interest in generating pace-adjusted player and team efficiency statistics to aid coaching decisions.

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