NORWALK, Conn. -- Former Brien McMahon basketball star Lisa Etienne has been named to the women's basketball coaching staff at Colgate University. Etienne played in college at the University of Hartford.
Colgate head women's basketball coach Nicci Hays Fort made the announcement Tuesday on the school's website. "The addition of Lisa really rounds out our coaching staff," Hays Fort said. "She brings with her a great understanding of the game and a winning mentality to everything she does. I am excited for the players to be mentored by someone who has experienced winning two conference championships as a student-athlete playing for Coach Jennifer Rizzotti."
Etienne joins the Raiders with experience as a player and as a coach. A four-year member of the University of Hartford women's basketball team, from 2005-2009, and a captain her senior season, she played a key role in leading the Hawks to NCAA second round appearances as well as winning America East Championships in 2005 and 2008. During her time at Hartford, she was named to the 2009 America East All-Defensive Team and All-Conference Second Team and was the 2008 America East Tournament MVP and an all-tournament team selection.
Etienne has held coaching positions at several camps, including the Fairfield Stags, Jennifer Rizzotti and Hartford Knights basketball camps.
Etienne, who earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Hartford in 2009, has spent the past year as a foster care caseworker at the Harlem Dowling-West Side Center in New York. Before that, she was a child development specialist at the Village for Family and Children in Hartford.
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