Kate Lynch: Head Coach
Kate Lynch begins her second year as head coach of the women's program. She joins the college after one year as the top assistant for the Engineers of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), replacing former head coach Kevin Monagle.
At WPI, Lynch was the program’s recruiting coordinator. She also was responsible for creating the team’s skill, strength and conditioning program, monitoring their academic progress and scouting opponents. She previously served as the director of basketball operations for Fairfield University’s Division I women’s basketball program. Under the direction of coach Joe Frager, she helped lead the team to an 18-13 record. A key member of the Stags staff, she coordinated team travel, assisted with recruiting efforts and managed day-to-day administrative efforts for the team.
In 2009, Lynch was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for her many accomplishments on the court. As a player at Southern Connecticut State, she was the university’s all-time leader in points (1,779), field goals (650) and free throw percentage (.803). She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Division II NCAA Tournament where the team won the Division II National Championship. Lynch played alongside CCRI alumna Babette Noah on the championship squad and the team finished the 2007 season with a 34-2 record. During her junior and senior seasons, Lynch was named First Team All-American both years, Northeast 10 Conference Player of the Year, Daktronics Northeast Regional Player of the Year and First Team All-Northeast 10. In 2008, the two-time captain received the New Haven Tap-Off Club Female Athlete Player of the Year award.
Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southern Connecticut State. She lives in Rumford.
George Hardison: Assistant Coach
With more than 10 years of coaching experience, George Hardison joins the Community College of Rhode Island women’s basketball team as an assistant coach. He most recently served as assistant coach of the girls’ basketball team at New London High School. As head coach of Wheeler his team garnered a 15-10 overall record and qualified for the conference tournament as well as the Class S semifinal game of the
Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference state tournament. He has also been an assistant coach at Westerly High School. From 2004-06, he helped guide the girls’ basketball team to a Rhode Island state quarterfinal appearance in 2007 as well as a state semi-final appearance and JV state crown in 2006. Hardison has been a coach for the Connecticut Storm AAU basketball club since 2006. In 1999, he founded the
Hoop Academy Basketball Camp. Hardison graduated from Charter Oak College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2003, he earned a master’s degree in education from the University of New Haven. He lives in Norwich, CT and teaches science at Stonington High School.
Brittany Brown: Assistant Coach
Brittany Brown begins her first year as an assistant coach of the Community College of Rhode Island women’s basketball team. Before joining CCRI, she spent the 2010-11 season in her native Michigan as a member of the Flint Monarchs, a nationally ranked semi-professional basketball team. Brown is no stranger to community college basketball. She played for two years at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan., a Division I school. In 2007 and 2008, she was named an All-Conference and All-Region player. In 2006-07, she led the team in scoring with 15 points per game. After two years at Labette, Brown earned a scholarship to play for Florida Gulf Coast University, another Division I institution. She was part of winning team that compiled a 50-12 record over two seasons. The team was the two-time regular season Atlantic Sun champions and qualified for the Women’s National Tournament (WNIT) in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Brown graduated from FGCU in 2010 with a degree in communications and a minor in journalism. She resides in Coventry, R.I.
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