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Pelham's Koclanes Named Head Basketball Coach At Dartmouth

Former Pelham basketball star Belle Koclanes has been named the head coach of Dartmouth College's women's basketball team.
Former Pelham basketball star Belle Koclanes has been named the head coach of Dartmouth College's women's basketball team. Photo Credit: Ivy League Sports

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Former Pelham basketball star Belle Koclanes has been named the head coach of Dartmouth College's women's basketball team.

Dartmouth College Athletics Director Harry Sheehy said Koclanes will take over from Chris Wielgus, who stepped down after 28 years at the helm of the program, according to Ivy League Sports .

Koclanes spent two years as an assistant coach at American University of the Patriot League in Washington, D.C. Before that, Koclanes spent three seasons on the staff at Old Dominion University for legendary coach Wendy Larry. She was responsible for the development of the guards with additional responsibilities for recruiting and game scouting.

“As soon as I arrived in Hanover, it was evident that the people make the place," Koclanes said. "I am excited to connect with the community and see many familiar faces in Leede Arena.” Koclanes was a three-year captain at the University of Richmond and finished her collegiate career as the Spiders’ career assist leader and was an All-America nominee as well as a Naismith Award candidate. Koclanes earned her degree in leadership studies from Richmond in 2002 and her master’s in culture and communication from New York University in 2004.

“Dartmouth has a strong winning tradition that has been established by the outstanding coaches and players of the past,” said Koclanes. “I am eager for the challenge to continue this legacy. I believe that coaching is about building relationships with people and creating a culture for young adults to achieve excellence.”

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