HAMILITON, N.Y-- Colgate University women’s basketball head coach Pamela Bass has announced the hiring of Andrea Gross, Colleen Kelly, and Michele Van Gorp as assistant coaches. Gross and Kelly both were assistants under Bass at Longwood University in 2006-07, while Van Gorp will be in her first year of coaching at the collegiate level. All three will assist Bass with all aspects of the program.
“I am thrilled to have coach Gross, coach Kelly, and coach Van Gorp join the Colgate basketball family,” Bass said. “They are all role models for the Colgate scholar-athletes, as they have each had championship success on the court and in the classroom at selective academic and athletic institutions. Each of them will play a key role in helping lay the foundation to building a championship program at Colgate. I am most impressed with the commitment of all three and I look forward to utilizing their experiences in bringing a Patriot League Championship back to Colgate.”
Gross previously served as an assistant coach at Longwood University for one season. The Lancers finished 8-21 overall in 2006-07. Prior to her one-year stint in Farmville, Gross was an assistant coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), for two seasons.
“Coach Gross brings an excitement and passion to everything she does,” Bass said. “In her five years as a coach at the collegiate level, she has already established herself as one of the top assistant coaches in women’s basketball. She is a tremendous recruiter and teacher of the game. Her work ethic and communication skills are excellent. I am honored that Coach Gross shares the same vision of Colgate basketball.
While at IUPUI, she helped the Jags go from 7-15 in 2004-05 to 17-11 in 2006-07, the third best turnaround in Division I that season. In addition to on-court coaching responsibilities, she acted as the recruiting and academic coordinator, and assisted with scouting, compliance, community relations, alumnae relations, game-day preparation and activities, along with practice scheduling.
Prior to her two years at IUPUI, Gross was an assistant at California University of Pennsylvania from 2002-04. She helped lead the Vulcans to the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship after advancing to the national semifinals in 2003. At Cal, she was the recruiting coordinator and the team’s academic coordinator while assisting in all aspects of coaching with additional responsibility in developing the summer camps.
Gross was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at William and Mary, serving as team captain during her senior year. She was the Tribe’s Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman, and ranks third in Tribe history in career blocks.
A native of Pueblo, Colorado, Gross earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology with a minor in sociology from William and Mary in 2002, and her master’s degree in business administration from California (Pa.) in 2004.
Kelly, a 2006 graduate of Brown University, also previously served as an assistant at Longwood University after playing for the Bears for four seasons. Bass was an assistant coach at Brown during Kelly’s career. During her four seasons at Brown, Kelly earned Ivy League all-rookie honors and was named second-team all-Ivy League when she helped lead the Bears to the Ivy League title as a senior. She currently holds the record for three-pointers in a career with 170 and compiled 1,080 career points to become Brown’s 12th 1,000-point scorer.
“Coach Kelly brings a work ethic and love for the game every day,” Bass said. “She establishes a wonderful rapport with the student-athletes, while also knowing the effect that details make in the success of a program. She is a great fit for our student-athletes at Colgate and we are fortunate to have her on staff.”
Kelly is a graduate of the WBCA’s Nike So You Want to Be a Coach Program. She has worked numerous summer basketball camps and clinics in both Rhode Island and New York and also earned many academic-related awards, including the United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete and U.S. Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete awards.
A native of Webster, N.Y., Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from Brown in 2006. Additionally, she was a three-sport standout at Webster Schroeder High School in Rochester, N.Y., where she is the all-time leading scorer in Warrior basketball history.
Van Gorp comes to Colgate with a wealth of elite playing experience both on the collegiate and professional level. A 1999 graduate of Duke University, she played for two seasons with the Blue Devils after transferring from Purdue University. She helped guide Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and national title game as a senior. She led all Blue Devils with 15 points in the championship game loss to the Boilermakers. Van Gorp averaged 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while at Duke.
“Coach Van Gorp an ideal fit to the staff,” Bass said. “I am impressed with her character and her desire to become the best coach she can be. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly by learning the intricacies of the game from someone who has established herself at the highest level of the game. I am excited for the future of Colgate basketball with her joining our staff.”
The 6-6 center was drafted by the WNBA’s New York Liberty in 1999 and closed out her career with the Minnesota Lynx when she retired in 2004. Battling injuries during her time in the WNBA, she averaged 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in her six seasons in the league. She also played for overseas clubs in Greece, Italy, France, Russia, and Spain.
While in the WNBA, Van Corp was the team representative to the Women’s National Basketball Player’s Association (WNBPA) and was selected by her peers to serve on the eight person WNBPA committee representing the players during the collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the league officials. Van Corp most recently served as the assistant coach for the Glens Falls High School girls’ varsity basketball team. She also served as the women’s basketball camp director and coordinator at Southern Vermont College in 2005.
Van Gorp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a certificate in Markets and Management from Duke in 1999.