Date Posted:06/11/2008, 9:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Adrienne Shibles has been named the sixth head coach in the history of the Bowdoin Women's Basketball program. Shibles, most recently the Athletic Director at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, was the head coach at Swarthmore (Pa.) College from 1996-2005.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the amazing student-athletes at Bowdoin College," according to Shibles. "Their passion, strength, and sincerity inspires me, and I'm confident that these women will help to make my transition seamless. Together with this team, I am certain that we can strengthen the high standards and unique traditions that have been synonymous with Bowdoin women's basketball."
"We are ecstatic that Adrienne has agreed to take over the leadership of our Women's Basketball program," according to Bowdoin Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "She is a great coach and teacher who will maintain and build upon the traditions of our program. It was a very competitive process, but Adrienne clearly distinguished herself as the top candidate."
A 1991 graduate of Bates College, Shibles is a native of Knox, Maine, and a graduate of Mount View High School. At Bates she was a two-time captain of the women's basketball team, and a 1,000-point scorer, graduating with a degree in history. After coaching basketball at Babson College and basketball and soccer at Colby College, Shibles enrolled in a graduate program in exercise and sports studies at Smith College, where she earned a master's degree in 1996. While at Smith, she served as assistant and then head basketball coach at Elms College in Massachusetts.
At Swarthmore, she sparked a dramatic turnaround that saw the Garnet go from 7-17 one year prior to her arrival in 1997 to a school-record 23 wins and a Centennial Conference Championship just four years later. In her last five seasons at Swarthmore, Shibles averaged over 19 wins per year, qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament four times, claimed the 2001 conference title and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. Overall, in nine years at Swarthmore, Shibles accumulated a school-record 138 wins against 96 losses and was named the WBCA District 4 Coach of the Year in 2001. During her tenure, she recruited and coached two Kodak All-Americans, an Academic All-American, a Josten's Trophy Recipient and two Conference Players of the Year. In addition, Swarthmore was a perennial member of the WBCA's Top-25 Academic Honor Roll under Shibles.
Shibles and her husband moved their family back to Maine in 2006, where she became the Dean of Athletics and Co-Curricular Programs at Gould Academy. While coaching the girl's basketball team to three-straight Maine State Tournaments, she also served as the school's Athletic Director, managing a program of 40 teams including nationally competitive on-snow squads.
Married to Kirk Daulerio, Shibles has two children, Madeline (5) and Elsa (4). She takes over one of the premiere programs in Division III basketball, as Bowdoin has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each season since 2001, winning seven NESCAC Championships. She succeeds Stefanie Pemper, who accepted the head coaching position at the Naval Academy in May. Bowdoin will return 11 of 12 letter-winners from their 2007-08 squad that went 19-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
"This opportunity is most certainly a dream come true for me," says Shibles. "Growing up in Maine, I have always admired Bowdoin as a united community that truly values the whole person, a place where students are respected for their contributions on the basketball court, in the community and in the classroom. My husband and I are truly excited to join the Bowdoin community, and look forward to raising our young family in Brunswick."