Staff
Head Coach
Colleen Mullen

University at Albany Director of Athletics Mark Benson announced Monday, May 14, 2018, the hiring of Colleen Mullen as the 12th head women’s basketball coach in program history, and the fifth head coach in the Great Danes’ Division I era.

Mullen arrived at UAlbany after spending the previous seven seasons at Army West Point. Mullen joined Army’s staff as an assistant coach in July 2011 and was promoted to associate head coach a year later. Mullen made her way to West Point after two years at Long Island University, where she was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. She also spent a season as an assistant coach at Lehigh.

A proven point guard as a collegiate player for both Rhode Island and New Hampshire, Mullen has continued to cultivate her expertise at the guard position since entering the coaching ranks.

At Army, Mullen worked primarily with Army’s guards. She worked closely with the Patriot League career scoring leader Kelsey Minato from 2012 to 2016 and helped lead the Black Knights to four straight 20-win seasons and four consecutive appearances in national postseason tournaments. The Black Knights reached the NCAA Tournament and earned Patriot League championships in 2016 and 2014, and played in the WNIT in 2015 and 2013.

The Black Knights finished 17-1 in Patriot League play in 2015-16 and entered the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Army set a number of Patriot League records that season, including widest margin of victory (+19.5), lowest opponent scoring average (50.8), and highest three-point percentage (.410). The Black Knights also rattled of 19 wins in a row during the year to establish new Patriot League and Academy records.

Minato garnered a number of accolades during her outstanding senior season in 2015-16, including espnW Mid-Major Player of the Year, All-Met Division I Player of the Year, and being selected All-America honorable mention by the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Minato earned her third Patriot League Player of the Year nod to join 2003 Bucknell graduate Molly Creamer as the only player in league history to do so, and become the conference’s only player to be a first-team selection all four years.

During the 2014-15 season, Mullen worked primarily with Army’s guards in helping lead the team to its program-record third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament, as the Black Knights reached the WNIT following berths in the NCAA Tournament and the WNIT in 2014 and 2013, respectively. Army finished the season 23-8 to mark its third straight 20-win season, also a program first.

During her seven-year coaching tenure prior to Army, Mullen churned out a plethora of decorated guards and secured top-rated recruiting classes. In her two seasons at Long Island, she helped lead the Blackbirds to an appearance in the Northeast Conference finals and helped record the second-highest win total in program history with a 22-10 mark in 2009-10. She mentored two-time first team All-NEC player Ashley Palmer, while point guard Kiara Evans ranked eighth nationally in assists per game (6.4) under Mullen's watch.

Her duties at Long Island also included managing the program's budget, overseeing the assistant coaching staff, coordinating all on and off campus recruitment and serving as the academic coordinator. The Blackbirds successfully improved their overall team grade-point average from a 2.84 in 2010 to a 3.19 in 2011. A proven recruiter, her first recruiting class was ranked 88th nationally by All-Star Girls Basketball Report.

Prior to her tenure at Long Island, Mullen spent 2007-08 at Lehigh, where she oversaw player development with an emphasis on the backcourt. During her short stint at Lehigh, she guided three of the program's top guards - Erica Prosser, Tricia Smith and Alex Ross - to All-Patriot League selections. All three players went on to garner major Patriot League honors and help Lehigh to back-to-back conference titles.

Mullen spent 2005-07 as the top assistant at Southern New Hampshire after serving as the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois in 2004-05.

As a player, Mullen spent two seasons at Rhode Island, leading her team in assists each year before transferring to New Hampshire. A two-year captain, she was one of the top feeders in Wildcat history and finished her two-year career with 218 assists, the 14th-highest mark in school history. Mullen was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll in each of her two seasons.

Mullen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire in 2003. She earned her a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire in 2006.

Mullen and her wife, Lauren, reside in Bethlehem, N.Y., and have three children: Maggie (3) and twin sons, Brennan & Callan (1).

Assistant Coach
Yvonne Hawkins

Yvonne Hawkins returns to the sidelines at UAlbany for the 2018-19 season after leaving the program following the 2002 season. Since then, she coached two years at Yale, two years at SUNY-Delhi, four years at Boston College, three years at Denver, and six more years at Boston College. Hawkins begins her 32nd season as a collegiate coach.

Hawkins spent the last six years as the Associate Head Coach at Boston College alongside head coach Erik Johnson. In her latest season Hawkins was integral to the development of the Eagles’ Katie Quandt (5.4 ppg, 1.1 bpg), Alexa Coulombe (27 blocks, 14 steals), and Karima Gabriel.

During the Eagles’ 2013-14 season, her second back with the team, BC set a program record for three-pointers made in a single season with 240, shooting 36.9 from behind the arc. In Hawkins’ first season returning to Chestnut Hill, she helped the team improve by five wins over the previous year, including five wins in the ACC and non-conference victories over Rutgers and BYU.

During her time at Denver, the team went 72-52 overall with a 34-16 record in the Sun Belt Conference. The run included the program’s first victory over a nationally-ranked team (#23 Vanderbilt). For the Pioneers, Hawkins primarily worked with the post players, including Kaetlyn Murdoch, who finished her career as a three-time Sun Belt First Team honoree.

Hawkins spent four seasons at Boston College under head coach Cathy Inglese, seeing the Eagles advance to the Sweet Sixteen during the 2005-06 season, as well as the WNIT Quarterfinal during the 2007-08 season. She helped recruit ACC Freshman of the Year Stephanie Murphy and three-time All-ACC center Carolyn Swords, who currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA.

Hawkins first stint at UAlbany lasted 15 years, where she helped transition the program from Division III to Division I from 1996-2002. Her final three seasons at UAlbany were the program’s first three at the Division I level.

Hawkins was a four-year letter-winner and two-time team captain at Ashland University. She spent the summer of 2007 as a scout for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, and won the Judy Sweet Award at the Alliance for Women’s Coaches Symposium in 2001. She graduated Ashland in 1983 with a degree in Physical Education with a minor in Adapted Physical Education.

Assistant Coach
Megan Methven

Megan Methven begins her first season at UAlbany in 2018-19. Methven joined the program in May of 2018 after serving two seasons as an assistant at Army West point, and three seasons as an assistant at Division II Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

During her first season with the Black Knights, Methven helped coach the team to a 22-win season, marking the fifth consecutive year that Army has claimed 20 or more wins in a single season.

Methven began her tenure at Stonehill before the 2013-14 season and helped lead the team to a 19-10 overall record and a victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Stonehill posted a 24-5 mark in 2014-15 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 after winning the Northeast-10 Conference regular-season title. In Methven’s final season in Easton, the Skyhawks finished 15-14 and earned a win over Le Moyne in the first round of the Northeast-10 Tournament.

Methven helped mentor eight All-Northeast-10 Conference players while at Stonehill, while working with Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Americans Mary Louise Dixon (2013-14) and Tori Faieta (2014-15).

Prior to her position at Stonehill, Methven worked as a math teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Mass., from September 2010 to July 2013, while also serving as the head coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

Methven was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at Stonehill, finishing her career with 1,014 points. As a player, Methven appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, including leading the Skyhawks to a 27-5 record and a Northeast-10 Championship as a sophomore in 2007-08.

Methven graduated from Stonehill in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics before completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University in 2015.

Assistant Coach
Catherine Cassidy

Catherine Cassidy has joined the UAlbany women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.

Cassidy comes to UAlbany from Stonehill College, where she was an assistant coach for three seasons from 2015-2018. Under Cassidy’s guidance, the Skyhawk’s reach the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. During her tenure in Easton, Mass. Cassidy coached five different players to NE-10 All-Conference honors.

From 2013-2015, she was an assistant coach for Kinsboro Community College.

Cassidy graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013 with a degree in Fitness & Wellness Leadership with a minor in Business and Marketing. She a four-year letter winner for the Cardinal’s basketball team, serving as team captain for three years.

Director of Operations
Jackie Alexander

Jackie Alexander enters her first season with the Great Danes women’s basketball program, as she was named the director of basketball operations on July 12, 2018, by Head Coach Colleen Mullen.

Alexander spent the 2017-18 season at the United States Air Force Academy as the women’s basketball video coordinator.

Before her stint at Air Force, Alexander was an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tennessee.

A member of the United States Army, Alexander served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and in Iraq. She graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2014 with a degree in Biology with minors in Spanish and Military Science after spending a year at the Army West Point in 2010.

She was a three-year letter-winner on the women’s basketball team at Cumberland, where she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Army upon her graduation.

Camp Director
Lauren Mullen (Hall-Gregory)

Lauren Mullen is a former Head Coach with experience at all levels. Most recently, she was the head coach at Division III, New York University. Mullen spent six seasons at NYU after spending her previous four seasons as the Recruiting Coordinator and First Assistant Coach at Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. In her four years there, the Pioneers went 87-40 (.685) overall, 57-9 (.864) in the Northeast Conference (NEC), and made trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

Prior to her time in Fairfield, Mullen spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. The Mountain Hawks reached the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament both years and posted an 18-13 overall record in 2007-08.

A 2003 graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies with a human development focus, Mullen was a three-year starter and three-year captain for the Pride at point guard. She led the America East Conference in assists as a sophomore and was first in the Colonial Athletic Association in helpers as a junior. The Pride’s MVP her sophomore year, Mullen ended her career fourth in school history with 454 assists.

Mullen, who earned a Master of Education degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies from Lehigh in 2008, is a native of Vienna, VA. She and her wife Colleen Mullen have three children: Maggie, Callan and Brennan.