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Bryant University-Women's Basketball
Bryant University-Women's Basketball

 

COACHING STAFF

BRITT KING  |  ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

Britt King will enter her fourth season as the associate head coach of the Bryant University women's basketball team in 2017-18.

In 2016-17, King helped lead the Bulldogs to their best-ever Northeast Conference finish, reaching the conference finals where they fell to No. 1 Robert Morris. The 18-14 Bulldogs went 11-7 against conference foes, earning the No. 4 seed in the league tournament. The Bulldogs hosted and defeated No. 5 Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Quarterfinals, before defeating No. 2 Sacred Heart in the NEC Semifinals en route to the program's first-ever NEC Championship appearance as the unlikely No. 4 seed.

In the 2015-16 season, King helped the Bulldogs back to the NEC Tournament after posting an 18-13 overall record and 14-4 conference mark, including a 10-0 start in league play, becoming one of only seven teams to reach the 10-0 tally in Northeast Conference history (29 years). The No. 2 Bulldogs took down No. 7 LIU Brooklyn, 70-56, in the NEC Quarterfinals, before No. 3 Robert Morris upset the Bulldogs, 72-59, for the third-straight year in the league semifinals.

In 2014-15, King helped the Bulldogs capture a share of the Northeast Conference Regular Season Title, the first in program history. The Black and Gold also tied the mark for the most wins in program history (22), the most Northeast Conference wins in a season (14), and the highest finish in the NEC standings (tied for first).

King comes to Smithfield with over 18 years of coaching experience, including 11 at the Division I level. Most recently prior to her time at Bryant, she spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern University (2012-14).

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring someone into our program with so much experience, both as a head coach and as an assistant at the Division I level,” said head coach Mary Burke. “Her familiarity as a former teammate [of mine] and her vast knowledge of the game will be great assets to our program.”

While with the Huskies, King served as the program’s defensive coordinator, helping improve the team’s defense, as well as guiding the Huskies to their most wins in the CAA era (17), most conference wins (10), and highest-ever finish in the CAA (fifth) in 2012-13.

Prior to her time at Northeastern, King served as an assistant on the women’s basketball staffs at Appalachian State (2006-09) and American (2004-06).

King also has a number of years of head coaching experience under her belt, spending time as the front runner at Lock Haven University (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-02), Coppin State (1997-98), and the University of the District of Columbia (1992-97). While in Fresno, King recruited and helped produce five All-WAC student-athletes, including the 2001 WAC Co-Freshman of the Year, Aritta Lane.

In addition to her wealth of collegiate coaching experience, King also served as the Tournament Coordinator for The National Title IX Conference (2010-12) and was an assistant coach for the Silver Medal winning USA Basketball Team at the 1999 World University Games.

As a player at Providence College and former teammate of Coach Burke, King spent four years as a standout for the Friar from 1982-86, and was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 2008.

King closed her PC career as the program's all-time leading rebounder with 1,205 boards and is one of just three players in program history to record 1,000-career points and 1,000-career rebounds. During her time in Providence, she earned All-Big East First Team honors in 1985-86, All-Big East Second Team recognition in 1984-85, Big East All-Tournament honors (1986) and was a 1985 KODAK District I All-American. King also helped lead her team to the NCAA Tournament in the 1984-85 season.

King, a 1986 graduate from Providence College as a marketing major, earned her MBA, with a concentration in finance, from American University in 1989.

 

MARY MCCONNELL  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Mary McConnell, a native of Pawtucket, R.I., begins her sixth season on the Bryant bench in 2017-18 as an assistant coach.

In 2016-17, McConnell helped lead the Bulldogs to their best-ever Northeast Conference finish, reaching the conference finals where they fell to No. 1 Robert Morris. The 18-14 Bulldogs went 11-7 against conference foes, earning the No. 4 seed in the league tournament. The Bulldogs hosted and defeated No. 5 Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Quarterfinals, before defeating No. 2 Sacred Heart in the NEC Semifinals en route to the program's first-ever NEC Championship appearance as the unlikely No. 4 seed.

In the 2015-16 season, McConnell helped the Bulldogs back to the NEC Tournament after posting an 18-13 overall record and 14-4 conference mark, including a 10-0 start in league play, becoming one of only seven teams to reach the 10-0 tally in Northeast Conference history (29 years). The No. 2 Bulldogs took down No. 7 LIU Brooklyn, 70-56, in the NEC Quarterfinals, before No. 3 Robert Morris upset the Bulldogs, 72-59, for the third-straight year in the league semifinals.

During the 2014-15 season, McConnell helped the Bulldogs capture a share of the Northeast Conference Regular Season Title, the first in program history. The Black and Gold also tied the mark for the most wins in program history (22), set the program record for most Northeast Conference wins in a season (14), and the highest finish in the NEC standings in Bryant history (tied for first).

McConnell journeyed back to Smithfield following coaching stints at Rhode Island College, Fordham, Fairleigh Dickinson and, LIU Brooklyn.

One of Bryant’s all-time greats, McConnell played 116 games for the Bulldogs from 2000-04 and was a driving force behind one of the most successful teams of the Burke era. As a senior in 2003-04, she averaged 10.7 points per game and led the Black and Gold to a 22-9 overall record, including a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II tournament.

To get there, McConnell starred in a first-round upset over rival Bentley College, scoring 17 points and connecting on a season-high five 3-point field goals. She followed the outing with an impressive 11-rebound performance in a regional semifinal victory over Stonehill College.

With 1,182 career points, McConnell ranks 11th all-time in the program record books and owns the second-best single-game free throw percentage with a .909 mark set in both 2002 and 2003. She concluded her career shooting .709 (249-351) from the free throw line and earned Third Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honors as a senior.

Prior to arriving at LIU Brooklyn, where she spent last season on the Blackbirds coaching staff, McConnell was an assistant at Fordham University in 2010-11, working primarily with the Rams’ guards while also assisting in the team’s recruiting, scheduling and scouting, as well as overseeing the team's NCAA compliance.

For three seasons before arriving at Fordham, she handled similar duties at fellow Northeast Conference school Fairleigh Dickinson, along with handling all FDU women’s basketball summer camps and operational budgets.

Upon graduating from Bryant in 2004 with a degree in business management, McConnell joined the women’s basketball coaching staff at nearby Rhode Island College before serving as a graduate assistant coach at Providence College from 2005-07. She received her Master of Education in Counseling from Providence in 2007.

 

JONATHAN PARSONS  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Jonathan Parsons will begin his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Bryant University women’s basketball staff in 2017-18. Parsons also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator and is responsible for scouting, assisting with guards and wings, as well as organizing Bryant Women's Basketball Elite Camps, which the program runs each summer.

Since joining the program, Parsons has helped coach players to eight annual NEC awards. In 2016-17, Parsons helped coach senior Alex Klein to First Team All-NEC recognition from the conference. The 2015-16 campaign saw four Bulldogs take home end-of-season honors from the conference, as Breanna Rucker, Ivory Bailey, Tiersa Winder and Kierra Palmer were named to First, Second, Third and All-Rookie teams, respectively. The 2014-15 season, Parsons first with the Bulldogs, had three players take home NEC laurels. Parsons helped coach Breanna Rucker to a conference Player of the Year award and a spot on the All-Conference first team, while Ivory Bailey was named both Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie team.

In 2016-17, Parsons helped lead the Bulldogs to their best-ever Northeast Conference finish, reaching the conference finals where they fell to No. 1 Robert Morris. The 18-14 Bulldogs went 11-7 against conference foes, earning the No. 4 seed in the league tournament. The Bulldogs hosted and defeated No. 5 Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Quarterfinals, before defeating No. 2 Sacred Heart in the NEC Semifinals en route to the program's first-ever NEC Championship appearance as the unlikely No. 4 seed.

With his strong recruiting skills, Parsons saw the Black and Gold welcome the second-ranked class in the NEC, ranked by All-Star Girls Report, one of the nation's leading scouting services. In addition, Parsons helped Bryant receive one of just 25 honorable mention rankings by Blue Star Recruiting for its 2016-17 incoming class.

In the 2015-16 season, Parsons helped the Bulldogs back to the NEC Tournament after posting an 18-13 overall record and 14-4 conference mark, including a 10-0 start in league play, becoming one of only seven teams to reach the 10-0 tally in Northeast Conference history (29 years). The No. 2 Bulldogs took down No. 7 LIU Brooklyn, 70-56, in the NEC Quarterfinals, before No. 3 Robert Morris upset the Bulldogs, 72-59, for the third-straight year in the league semifinals.

“We were always really impressed with Jon’s work ethic while at Brown,” said head coach Mary Burke. “His diligence as a coach and his ability to identify true student-athletes will be a great asset to our program.”

During the 2014-15 season, his first at Bryant, Parsons helped the Bulldogs capture a share of the Northeast Conference Regular Season Title. The Black and Gold also tied the mark for the most wins in program history (22), set the program record for most Northeast Conference wins in a season (14), and the highest finish in the NEC standings in Bryant history (tied for first).

A Stoughton, Mass. native, Parsons spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University where he helped the Bears to a 16-win season in 2011-12. At Brown, Parsons' duties included recruiting, game scheduling, opponents scouting, film exchange and summer camp organization. He also served as the team’s defensive coordinator, helping the Bears rank in the top 125 in scoring defense for two-straight seasons (2011-13). Over his five years in Providence, Parsons helped lead Brown to 53 wins and coached a total of nine All-Ivy players, including four All-Ivy Second Teamers.

Prior to his time at Brown, Parsons spent a year as a women’s hoops assistant coach at the University of New Haven. At UNH, Parsons helped the Chargers transition into the Northeast-10, guiding the program to its first-ever NE-10 postseason berth.

Parsons also earned his master’s degree in the Management of Sport Industries at New Haven, serving as the Graduate Assistant for Compliance and Student Development. The coach is also a 2008 graduate of Sacred Heart Universit and served as the team manager for the Pioneer’s men’s basketball program for four seasons. A Sport Management and Finance major, Parsons is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and was a presenter at the Assistant Coach Roundtables by Nike at the 2014 Final Four in Nashville, Tenn.

Parsons married his wife Melanie in May of 2017. Together, they live in Warwick with their dog, Cody.

 

MORGAN OLANDER  |  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Morgan Olander begins her first season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Bryant University women's basketball team in 2017-18.

"I am extremely excited to have Morgan continue her involvement with the women's basketball program at the administrative level," Bryant head coach Mary Burke said. "She was a part of a tremendous amount of winning over her four-year career on the court and in the classroom, and will most certainly be an asset for me as we continue to compete at the highest levels in the NEC. Morgan's experience as a player for me and her leadership over the years will only be an asset going forward."

Olander graduated from Bryant in 2017 after a standout four-year career on the hardwood for Burke. She appeared in at least 30+ games all four seasons and finished second all-time in games played in program history (122). Olander averaged 7.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and nearly a block per game during her career. She posted 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a senior, leading the Black and Gold to their first-ever Northeast Conference finals appearance.

In addition to her work on the court, Olander was also a standout in the classroom and in the community. She graduated with a 3.87 GPA and was a three-time NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. Olander was a team captain her senior season and helped organize and run annual youth clinics and the Bryant Basketball summer camp.

Olander received her bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and psychology. She will now be working towards her MBA at Bryant