Kimberley Rybczyk
Head Coach
11th Season
 
 

Kimberley Rybczyk was named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at her alma mater Western Connecticut State University in April of 2002. She will begin her 11th season with the Colonials.

A year ago, the Colonials had an outstanding campaign, finishing 17-9 overall and 8-6 in the highly competitive Little East Conference, despite graduating three 1,000 point scorers from the year before.

In 2010-11, Western went 24-4 and were 13-1 in the Little East Conference and won its second-straight LEC regular-season and tournament titles. The Colonials also advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament's Second Round for the second straight season. It was the fourth time in program history that Western has advanced to the Round of 32.

For the fourth straight year, Rybczyk was named LEC Coach of the Year, by her peers in 2011.

In 2009-10, the Colonials went 23-6, were 11-3 in the Little East Conference, won the LEC regular-season and tournament titles and returned to the NCAA Tournament, this time advancing to the second round.

Last season, Rybczyk watched Melissa Teel become one of the best post players in the nation. For the second straight season, Teel was named LEC Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player in the LEC Tournament. She went on to be named a WBCA/State Farm All American. A year earlier, Teel was one of 40 All-American Finalists. During the summer of 2010, Teel was a member of the USA Basketball Division III All-Star Team which toured in Brazil.

In 2008-09, Western went 21-6, was 12-2 in the Little East Conference and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as an at-large recipient, since 1998.

Each of the last eight years, Western has equalled or improved upon the year before and have won 20 or more games that last three seasons. With back-to-back 20-plus win season, the 2007-08 finish of 20-7 was the first since Western went 23-7 and were crowned ECAC New England Champions in 1998-99.

Rybczyk, a 1988 graduate and a four-year women’s basketball letter-winner, returned to the Danbury, Connecticut area having spent the previous 14 years as assistant coach at several Division I and Division II schools in New England as well as heading up the programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six seasons and Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX for one.

During her stint at Rensselaer (N.Y), her squad posted a 23-5 record, won the UCAA championship, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during the 2000-01 season. She was named UCAA Coach of the Year twice, WBCA Division III, District 2 Coach of the Year once, BCANY Coach of the Year once, and New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year once. Also, Rybczyk’s squads at RPI and Southwestern were ranked twice among the Top 25 in the nation academically by the WBCA in Division III for cumulative team GPA.

Rybczyk filled the position left vacant at Western when her former coach Jody Rajcula retired in March of 2002, after 21 years at the helm. Western posted an overall record of 383-168 during Rajcula’s tenure.
In 1988, Rybczyk was a Division III Third Team All-American at Western where she is still the career assist leader with 606 assists. She ranks sixth on the Colonials’ all-time steals list with 199.

In addition, Rybczyk has coached the Adirondack Team in the Empire State Games Open Division (NY) during the summer of 1999 where she led her team to the bronze medal. She also coached in the Nutmeg State Games Open Division (Conn.) from 1991-1994 where her team earned three gold medals in four years. Rybczyk has also served for two seasons on the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll Committee from 2004-2006.

A native of Cromwell, Connecticut, Rybczyk was the first female inducted into the Cromwell Athletic Hall of Fame during the spring of 1992.

Kim Rybczyk’s Record at Western:

Year

Record

Post Season

2002-03

9-17

 

2003-04

9-17

 

2004-05

12-14

 

2005-06

15-13

ECAC Tournament

2006-07

15-12

 

2007-08

20-7

ECAC Tournament

2008-09

21-6

NCAA Tournament

2009-10

23-6

NCAA Tournament - Second Round

2010-11

24-4

NCAA Tournament - Second Round

2011-12

17-9

 

Overall 165-105 .611 winning percentage at Western