Head Women's Basketball Coach
Dave Magarity begins his 11th season as head coach at Army in 2016-17 and his 12th at the Academy after serving as associate head coach in 2005-06. Magarity was introduced as the program’s eighth head coach in April 2006. Magarity led the Black Knights to their fourth straight appearance in a national postseason tournament in 2015-16, as Army earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, following previous berths in the NCAA Tournament (2014) and WNIT (2013, 2012). Army concluded the season with a program-record 29 victories, as part of a 29-3 overall record, to mark its fourth consecutive 20-win season. The Black Knights finished 17-1 during the 2015-16 Patriot League regular season to enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Senior Kelsey Minato landed All-America honorable mention praise by both the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association following the season. Minato established team single-season records for points (743), scoring average (23.2) and three-pointers (108), while becoming the Patriot League’s career scoring leader, finishing her career with 2,556 points. Minato earned Patriot League Player of the Year honors and was selected to the all-league first team, becoming just the second player in conference history to land three Player of the Year mentions and the first to be named to the all-league first team all four seasons. Senior Aimee Oertner joined Minato on an all-league team, as she was named to the second team. Minato drew Patriot League Tournament MVP praise for the second time in her career and was joined on the all-tournament team by Oertner and sophomore Janae McNeal. Magarity reached the 500-wins mark for his career after Army’s 84-57 win over Lafayette on Feb. 3, 2016. The 33-year coaching veteran has the most victories as a head coach at Army, showing a mark of 198-108. His career record stands at 511-442.
Associate Head Coach
Colleen Mullen enters her sixth season at Army, and her fifth as the team’s associate head coach, in 2016-17. Mullen served as an assistant coach during the 2011-12 campaign. Mullen joined Army’s staff as an assistant coach in July 2011 and was promoted to associate head coach a year later. Mullen made her way to West Point after two years at Long Island University where she was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. She also spent a season as an assistant coach at Patriot League foe Lehigh. Since her arrival at the Academy, Mullen has worked primarily with Army’s guards. She worked closely with the Patriot League career scoring leader Kelsey Minato from 2012 to 2016 and helped lead the Black Knights to four straight 20-win seasons and four consecutive appearances in national postseason tournaments. The Black Knights reached the NCAA Tournament and earned Patriot League championships in 2016 and 2014, and played in the WNIT in 2015 and 2013. Army completed the best season in team history in 2015-16, reaching a program-record 29 victories as part of a 29-3 overall record to match the Patriot League standard for most wins in a season. The 29 wins also gave the Cadets their fourth consecutive 20-win season to mark the longest streak of that kind in team history. The Black Knights finished 17-1 in Patriot League play in 2015-16 and entered the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Army set a number of Patriot League records that season, including widest margin of victory (+19.5), lowest opponent scoring average (50.8), and highest three-point percentage (.410). The Black Knights also rattled of 19 wins in a row during the year to establish new Patriot League and Academy records.
Lisa Strack begins her third season as assistant coach at Army in 2016-17. Head coach Dave Magarity announced the addition of Strack as an assistant coach to the women's basketball staff on July 1, 2014. Before coming to West Point, Strack spent two seasons as the video coordinator for the Virginia Tech women's basketball program after a four-year playing career at American University. Strack played an important role in mentoring several Black Knights during the 2015-16 and 2014-15 seasons, with Army reaching the 20-win mark and advancing to a national postseason tournament each year. Army completed the best season in team history in 2015-16, reaching a program-record 29 victories as part of a 29-3 overall record to match the Patriot League standard for most wins in a season. The 29 wins also gave the Cadets their fourth consecutive 20-win season to mark the longest streak of that kind in team history.
Melissa Brooks enters her first season as assistant coach at Army in 2016-17. Brooks joined the Black Knights following a successful three-year run as an assistant at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she helped the school to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Brooks started at Stevens prior to the 2013-14 season before helping guide the Ducks to consecutive trips to the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Stevens went 22-5 in 2014-15 and earned the program’s first at-large bid to the dance, while the 2015-16 squad posted a 23-7 record and reached the Sweet Sixteen. Brooks worked heavily in recruiting and coaching of both the post and guard positions during her three seasons at Stevens. Before arriving at Stevens, Brooks spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., following a one-year stint as an assistant at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., in 2011-12. Brooks played collegiately at Division II Holy Family in Philadelphia, Pa., where she helped lead the Tigers to a 116-13 overall record, four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) titles in 2007 and 2008.
Megan Methven begins her first season with Army in 2016-17. Methven joined the program in August after serving three seasons as an assistant at Division II Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Methven began her tenure at Stonehill before the 2013-14 season and helped lead the team to a 19-10 overall record and a victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Stonehill posted a 24-5 mark in 2014-15 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 after winning the Northeast-10 Conference regular-season title. In Methven’s final season in Easton, the Skyhawks finished 15-14 and earned a win over Le Moyne in the first round of the Northeast-10 Tournament. Methven helped mentor eight All-Northeast-10 Conference players while at Stonehill, while working with Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Americans Mary Louise Dixon (2013-14) and Tori Faieta (2014-15). Prior to her position at Stonehill, Methven worked two separate positions at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Mass., first as a varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach from November 2010 to February 2013 before serving as the team’s head coach from February 2013 to July 2013. Methven graduated from Stonehill in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics before completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University in 2015.