Staff
Head Coach
Joe Frager

After over a decade at the helm, Joe Frager has seen success on and off the court for the Fairfield University women's basketball program. The only coach in MAAC history to have nine-straight winning conference seasons to begin a career, Frager enters his 10th season at the head of the Stags. During his nine-year stretch, Frager and the Stags have been a model of consistency, averaging 19 wins per season, the most wins in a nine-year stretch in program history. He is one of 10 coaches in the region to have a winning percentage of 60 percent or higher over the last nine years, standing at .601, ranking 10th among mid-majors in the region during that stretch.

The most emphasized facet of a Coach Frager team is locking down their opponents on the defensive side. Frager has connected the words ‘defense’ and ‘effort’ through his coaching style, and each team has rallied behind that mindset. Since coming to the Stags in 2007, Frager’s teams own the top-five spots in program history, including a school record 51.2 points allowed in 2010-11. That squad led the country in fewest points allowed per game for the majority of the season. The Stags would finish fourth in the nation in that category.

In order to have that success on the defensive side of the ball, each individual must play inside their role and fit together as a single unit. With his coaching philosophy, this has been true every year, with several players experiencing breakthrough success. Under his tutelage, 20 Stags have been named to an All-MAAC squad after experiencing gradual improvements in front of our very eyes. Two-time All-MAAC First team performer Taryn Johnson started her career averaging 9.2 minutes per game during her freshman season and would evolve her game and would later score 1,185 points in her career, a number in the top-20 in program history. Alexys Vasquez (the program’s all-time leader in 3-point percentage) netted just eight long range shots in her first season as a Stag, and would go on to hit 229 during her final three seasons. Most recently, Kelsey Carey became one of the biggest surprises in the conference, leading the 2015-16 squad with 376 points, more than doubling her output from her first two years combined. For her success, Carey was named to the All-MAAC Third Team for the first time in her career.

Other Stags who have experienced a learning growth such as these include: Katie Cizynski and Brittany Obi-Tabot, who were both named to an All-MAAC squad and who both took their skills by signing overseas. In total, Frager has coached nine players who have been able sign a professional contract after graduation.

Besides their effort on the defensive side of the ball, the Stags have shown their team cohesiveness through a disciplined and unselfish offense. Last season, Lizzy Ball became the first Stag since the 1995-96 season to lead the MAAC in assists. She would also be among the national leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio. The two point guards before her, Desiree Pina and Felicia DaCruz both dished over 340 assists in their careers and currently rank in the top-15 in program history in those categories.

The Stags have given their fans a front-row seat to how successful they are when their defense, teamwork, and strategic offense work as a strong cohesive unit. Over his eight seasons, Frager is 64-23 at Alumni Hall, with a .736 winning percentage. The Stags made history on January 9, 2015, winning their 250th on campus at Alumni Hall. Entering 2016-17, the Stags are 260-87 (.749) at Alumni Hall.

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Assistant Coach
David Jollon

David Jollon is entering his fourth season with the Stags. A nine-year coaching veteran of the northeast, Jollon came to Fairfield after six seasons as the head coach at Dean College and most recently two years as an assistant coach at Molloy College.

In his first year as an assistant coach at Molloy College, Jollon joined Head Coach Kate Lynch and had an immediate impact on the program, helping the Lions to their first playoff spot and winning conference record in three years. At Molloy, Jollon brought in recruiting classes that consisted of: two top-25 Long Island Goldstar recruits, a Second Team All-State player, and a state champion from Connecticut. At Molloy, he was also in charge of preparing and presenting scouting reports, practice planning, and player development.

Player development became a key field for Jollon and the Lions program, as he helped in the development of Nicole Arnone, who signed a professional contract for the Portlaoise Panthers, a team in Ireland’s top division for women’s professional basketball. He also aided in the development of Kelly Guerriero who was the 2014 Division II National Statistical Champion for 3-pointers per game with 3.5.

Before heading to Molloy, Jollon was the head coach for NJCAA power, Dean College for six seasons. At Dean, he recorded a .610 winning percentage and finished with 85-52 record, finishing with the most victories for any coach in the program’s history. During his tenure at Dean, the Bulldogs qualified for the regional tournament every year. His teams made their name on defense and in his final two seasons they ranked in the top-10 nationally in points allowed per game and field goal percentage.

At Dean, Jollon also recruited and coached 12 All-Region players and one Preseason All-American. During his time at Dean, eight players were able to earn spots NCAA scholarship programs with their development under his tutelage. One of those players, Shelly Monahan finished second in the country in scoring while at Dean and reached the 1000 point plateau in her two years at the college. Monahan transferred to Concordia College and set the record for most points in a game in the Clippers history at 31 while netting 8-of-10 three pointers.

Jollon earned his Bachelors Degree from Thomas Edison State University and resides with his wife Kate in West Haven, Conn.

Assistant Coach
Laura Scinto

The bond between two coaches who have spent most of their lives together is a special force. That bond is what brought Laura Scinto to Fairfield and is the reason why she will be entering her 10th season as a Stag and the 20th year working for Head Coach Joe Frager. As the Associate Head Coach, Scinto serves as the recruiting coordinator and organizes the planning of each Stags’ practice and game plans. Known as a great resource to break down field, Scinto also heads the team’s scouting reports and game plans for game day.

Scinto and Frager have spent 20 years on the same sidelines, going from the high school rankings at Seymour High School, to winning a Division II national title at Southern Connecticut State and finally here at Fairfield.

In 2007, Frager and Scinto coached the Owls to a National Title, which highlighted their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance.

At Seymour High School, the two led the Wildcats to back-to-back state titles which was part of a 52-game winning streak at that level.

Scinto got into the coaching ranks after a successful four-year playing career at Bryant, eclipsing 1,000 career points and leading Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Scinto graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant and went on to earn A.S. and R.N. degrees from St. Vincent’s College of Nursing.

Scinto played her high school basketball at Shelton High School, where she scored 1,338 points, the second most in the Gaels’ history. As a player, she led the squad to the 1985 State Class LL and Housatonic League Championships. She became the most decorated Shelton athlete and the first to graduate with 12 varsity letters while playing basketball, soccer, and softball.

Scinto currently resides in Shelton, Conn.

Assistant Coach
Shireyll Moore

Shireyll Moore '09 begins her first season as an assistant coach at her alma mater. Moore, who graduated Fairfield in 2009, brings eight years of coaching experience from Lafayette College, the University of New Haven and most recently three years at Howard University.

Since graduating Fairfield in 2009, Moore has gained valuable experience in the coaching world. Moore has been on the sidelines of Howard University for the past three years as an assistant coach, helping the Bison to a 16-13 record in 2016, their first winning season in four years. During that season, she also helped mentor the MEAC Player of the Year Te’Shya Heslip, who was also selected to the BOXTOROW All-American First Team.

Moore spent the 2014-15 season just up the road at the University of New Haven where she helped the Chargers to 26 wins, the fourth most in program history, which included a school record 16 victories in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Chargers would advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in nearly three decades.

Moore’s first coaching spot after Fairfield was at Lafayette College where she spent three years learning under former Fairfield Head Coach Dianne Nolan.

When she graduated Fairfield, Moore ranked fifth all-time with 117 games played playing her final two seasons under Frager. In her senior season, she tallied career-highs in points (236), assists (48), and steals (22).

Moore’s mother, Patrice Wallace-Moore was a member of Fairfield’s first Division I season during the 1981-82 campaign, scoring 16 points against Boston University in the school’s first-ever Division I contest. She would graduate with 813 points, 574 rebounds, and 469 assists, which still ranks fifth in program history.

Director of Basketball Operations
Casey Smith

Casey Smith ’17 begins her first season as Fairfield's Director of Women's Basketball Operations. A former 1,000 point scorer for the Stags, she will return to her alma mater after playing one professional season in Germany.

Smith played just three seasons for Coach Frager and the Stags but averaged 12.3 points per game in her career, the third highest mark for a Stag since 2000. A constant offensive presence, Smith was named to the All-MAAC Third Team for three-straight seasons and helped the Stags to a semifinal appearance in the MAAC Tournament twice. Smith ranks in the top-20 in program history in several categories including: field goals made (448), field goal percentage (.430), and blocks (73).

One of 15 student-athletes to play professionally overseas during the Frager era, Smith played one year with the BG 74 Velichen Ladies in the Damen Basketball Bundesliga League in Germany.

In her new role, Smith will be in charge of all daily operations of the team including travel, overseeing video exchange, and coordinating community activities.