July 7, 2010



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Joanna Skiba as an assistant women’s basketball coach. She takes over for Erica Kirwan who has completed her MBA after two years with the program and is in the process of pursuing full-time opportunities.




“I am thrilled to be joining the Rhode Island College basketball program and am enthusiastic to have the chance to contribute to a team on the rise,” Skiba said. “Having the opportunity to learn from such an experienced and successful coaching staff is one that I will embrace wholeheartedly.”


“We are ecstatic to have Joanna join our staff and look forward to her positive impact on our program, especially in the areas of guard skill development and recruiting,” RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. “I know she understands the direction of our program and will use her elite playing experience and strong northeast ties to positively represent Rhode Island College.”


She is already familiar with Reilly’s coaching style, having played two seasons for him on the Rhode Island Breakers AAU team.




Skiba begins her coaching career after an outstanding career playing professionally in both Spain and Iceland and for Head Coach Mary Burke at Bryant University from 2003-07. She was a four-year starting point guard for the Bulldogs and ranks sixth in program history with 1,333 points. The Providence native is Bryant’s all-time leader with 183 made three-pointers.


She was named Third Team All-Northeast Conference as both a sophomore and junior and to the league’s Second Team all-star squad as a senior.


The Classical High School product is also among the Bulldog leaders in several other categories. Skiba is second all-time in career free throw percentage at .772 (294-for-381) and minutes played (3,500). She is third in games played (117), fourth in career field goals made (428) and tied for fifth for field goals made in a season (143, 2005-06).




She scored a career-high 33 points against Saint Michael’s as a senior in 2007. That same season, Skiba registered a 31-point effort at Southern New Hampshire and poured in 26 at home against UMass Lowell.


In other notable achievements on the court, she drained a career-high seven treys vs. Saint Michael’s as a senior and helped lead Bryant to a first round NCAA win over Bentley as a freshman in 2004.


While at Classical High School, Skiba was Rhode Island’s Gatorade Player of the Year and scored 1,824 career points. She was an All-State selection as a junior after leading the Purple to the state finals and once again as a senior.


Skiba earned her bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Bryant in 2007.


She is single and resides in Providence.