After a groundbreaking and historic 2014-2015 season, the Maryland women’s basketball team got right to work constructing a new coaching staff for the season to come.
Head Coach Brenda Frese welcomed new assistant coaches Bett Shelby and Bryce McKey through an official announcement on April 22. They will replace former assistant coach Marlin Chinn and former associate head coach Tina Langley, who accepted head coaching positions at Florida International University and Rice University respectively.
In addressing the coaching changes, Frese described the goals of the Maryland women’s basketball team as being focused on not just its players, but every individual working with the team.
“One thing that we take great pride in is having a ‘growth mindset’ that pervades our program,” she said. “From our players to our student-managers to our staff, we want people to learn and expand their capabilities while they’re with us.”
While next season will be Shelby and McKey’s first with Maryland, neither one is short on experience. Shelby spent the last two seasons at Virginia Tech, where she did recruiting and worked with guards. She filled similar roles in two seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall.
McKey comes to College Park after a four year stint at Xavier, as an assistant. Like Shelby, he oversaw recruiting operations, but his specialized position focus was the post. Prior to Xavier, McKey was a head coach for the Sports City U AAU team in Ohio, where he worked with Ohio natives Malina Howard and Chloe Pavlech. Due to this experience, Frese said she believes “he has a good feel for our team, at least from the outside looking in.”
Frese praised the hard work both incoming coaches exhibited at their former positions. She said it is a trait that she values highly when assessing potential hires. Both Shelby and McKey are relatively young, but she thinks this factor will be advantageous for the team.
“They’re going to bring some dynamic abilities to our program,” she explained. “New people bring new ideas and new energy, so I like that.”