|Stefanie Pemper, right,
coached Courtney Trotta and her teammates to the 2004 title game,
compiling a 30-1 record.
Bowdoin athletics photo
Bowdoin women's basketball coach Stefanie Pemper has accepted
the position of head women's coach at the Naval Academy.
In her 10 seasons at Bowdoin, Stefanie Pemper established the Polar Bears as one of the premier Division III programs in the nation, accumulating a record of 235-48 (.830). The most successful coach in Bowdoin women's basketball history, Pemper led the squad to NCAA bids in nine of her 10 seasons, including an incredible six-year stretch from 2002-07.
The Polar Bears reached the Elite Eight each of those seasons, posting a mark of 164-14 (.921) and playing before some of the largest crowds in Division III basketball. They won the NESCAC championship in each of those campaigns and reached the NCAA championship game in 2004.
"Stefanie Pemper is a wonderful teacher," said athletic director Jeff Ward. "Her teams had unbelievable success on the court, but her ability to help young women grow and flourish as people is even more impressive."
"What an amazing 10 years it has been," said Pemper. "I owe Bowdoin so much for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach, and I will miss this place tremendously. The success of our program has always been a collaborative effort. ...
"I want to thank our players and our alums for all they've done for me and the program. I've always encouraged them to treasure their four years of college basketball and to take ownership in the team, to make it theirs. They've always done that and that's why the program is special. The team is in a great place with a talented group returning and a wonderful class of recruits coming. We weathered through a year of challenges this past season with great trust, focus, and maturity. Jeff will hire a fantastic coach and a very special senior class of Jill Anelauskas, Alexa Kaubris, and Maria Noucas, will provide wonderful leadership through the transition. This program is very healthy."
A national search has begun for Pemper's replacement.