Women’s basketball adds Conroy and Fletcher as assistant coaches



Trisha Brown expands coaching staff ahead of inaugural Division I season

EASTON, Mass. (June 8, 2022) – Stonehill College Women’s Basketball Head Coach Trisha Brown announced the addition of Jill Conroy and Jhay Fletcher to his coaching staff prior to the College’s transition to NCAA Division I status as a member of the Northeast Conference for the next season 2022-23.

“I am extremely happy to welcome Jill and Jhay to the Stonehill Women’s Basketball family,” said Brown. “Both come with exceptional experience and demonstrated success in all aspects of college coaching. They have a strong passion for the profession and will bring great energy as we move into Division I.”

Conroy joins the Skyhawks after three years on Stevens’ coaching staff, serving as associate head coach since January (PHOTO courtesy of Stevens Athletic Communications)

Conroy joins Brown’s coaching staff after three years as an assistant coach under Megan Haughey at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, before being promoted to associate head coach in January. She was named one of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 30 Under 30 award recipients this spring and attended the 2022 NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy and 2021 NCAA Basketball Coaches Academy. Conroy helped Stevens win an improvement of eight wins from the 2019-20 season to 2021-22, as the Ducks posted a 19-7 record overall last winter, including 12-4 in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), en route to a second place in the MAC tournament. The program has appeared in the WBCA Division III Top 25 two of his three seasons at Stevens and the program has produced two All-MAC entertainers, including the 2020 MAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Conroy assisted Coach Haughey in all aspects of program management, coordinating recruiting trips, identifying, evaluating and recruiting potential college-level student-athletes. Conroy was responsible for creating and implementing strategic game and training plans, developing offensive patterns and endgame situations. She coordinated Stevens’ non-conference game schedule, managed the team’s operating and recruiting budgets, and ran prospect camps. She also created and organized the women’s basketball graduate mentorship program.

Conroy also served as co-chair of the Stevens Athletic Department Service Committee, organizing community service opportunities for the department, including but not limited to a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, National Girls’ Day and women in sport and food drives for local charities. Conroy has coached women’s basketball with the United AAU program in New Jersey for the past year, helping coach the 16U and 17U teams in practices and games.

Prior to joining Stevens’ coaching staff, Conroy spent two years as an assistant coach to Bethann Burke at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. Conroy graduated with honors in 2017 from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a four-year member of the Tigers women’s basketball program for coaches Melissa Dunne and Mark Miller. Conroy helped guide Holy Family to a pair of NCAA tournament deals, winning the 2015 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship, earning second-team All-CACC honors as a senior, while serving as a Team captain. She finished her career ranked fourth all-time in Holy Family history with 1,349 points and second with 440 assists. Conroy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management and Marketing, was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, and served as the chair of the Holy Family Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Fletcher joins the Skyhawks after two years as a graduate assistant at Goucher (PHOTO Courtesy Goucher Athletic Communications)

Fletcher joins Brown’s coaching staff after serving the past two years as a graduate assistant coach at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, under coach Andrea Preston. She assisted the Gophers’ recruiting efforts by serving as the program’s point of contact for recruits from 2022-2024, communicating and documenting all interactions for the program. Fletcher conducted individual and group workouts, planned and facilitated conditioning, and created training plans and scouting reports as per assignments. She also managed the program’s social media.

Prior to joining Goucher, Fletcher was an assistant varsity women’s basketball coach at Bowling Green High School in Kentucky for a year. She also served as head basketball coach with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation for a year. Fletcher has gained valuable management experience with I9 Sports Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland over the past year under owner developer Ryan Ebert. She volunteered at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament this spring, the 2018 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament and the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fletcher is a 2018 graduate of the University of Southern Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and was a four-year member of the Firehawks women’s basketball program. She has since earned a Masters in Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University and a Masters in Sports Administration from Goucher.

Stonehill finished its 2021-22 season with a 16-9 overall record, including 12-7 in the Northeast Conference-10 to claim the No. 3 seed in the Conference Northeast Division by making its 40e appearance in the NE10 tournament. The Skyhawks were ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II Final Regional Rankings before tournament bids were announced and reached the NE10 Championship for the 13e time in the program’s history to close the program’s Division II era.

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