August 22, 2011


Colleen Smith Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Rhode Island College
Skiba & Mullen Move On To Other Positions

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Colleen Smith as an assistant women’s basketball coach. She will assist Head Coach Marcus Reilly and Associate Head Coach Claudia DeFaria in all phases of the program including, recruiting, scouting, administering practice and game coaching.


“I am very excited about joining the coaching staff here at RIC,” Smith said. “I have seen the progress that these women have made and I know how far the program has come under Marcus and Claudia. Hopefully I will be able to contribute to their continued success. Having played at WestConn, I know the Little East Conference well and what it takes to be a top team. Kim Rybczyk taught me a lot about being a leader and building a strong program, all of which I hope to bring to Rhode Island College.”




“We are excited to add Colleen to our staff,” Reilly said. “I have had the fortunate opportunity to interact with her at camps, on the AAU circuit and in recruiting and her passion for the game was always on display. I know we are adding a quality coach and person that our players will learn from and be better prepared to achieve our program goals.”


Smith will fill the void left by former assistant coach Joanna Skiba who took an assistant’s position at Brown University and former staff member Alice Mullen ’10 who is now a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Nichols College. Reilly added, “I wish both Joanna and Alice the best throughout their entire careers and thank them for their contributions to the rise of our women's basketball program. They will always be a part of our family and we are proud to continually see our assistants and former players use our program as a launching pad for long term success.”


Smith, a native of Lebanon, Connecticut, has picked up valuable coaching experience over the past two years after leaving Western Connecticut State University.


From 2009-11, She was an assistant coach at East Lyme High School, working with both the junior varsity and varsity programs.


Over the past three seasons, Smith has logged valuable coaching experience with the Connecticut Storm AAU Basketball Club. During her tenure, she served as the head coach for both the 14 and 15 Select teams, while also serving as an assistant for the 12 Premier and 15 Premier squads. While Smith was on the sidelines, the 12 Premier team won the gold medal at the Connecticut State AAU Tournament and placed 13th at the National Tournament. The 14 Select Team also placed eighth at the National Div. II Tournament.


Since 2008, Smith also served as the Camp Director for the Hoop Academy. She was an assistant coach for the Connecticut Starters AAU Basketball Club’s 14 Red and 15 Red teams from 2006-08.


During her two-year career as a starting guard at Western Connecticut, Smith played in 52 games, starting 37 of them, and made one NCAA Tournament appearance. She averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, to go along with 48 assists and 40 steals. Smith received the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete Award in 2008-09.


Prior to playing at WestConn, she starred at Southern Connecticut State University for two seasons where Smith was a part of both a Regular Season and Tournament Championship squad.


During her high school career at Windham High School, she was a four-year starter and a three-time team captain. Smith was an All-State selection twice and a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She received the program’s Most Dedicated Player Award as a freshman and was the squad’s MVP as junior and senior.


She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Connecticut in 2008. Smith is currently engaged and resides in Norwich, Connecticut.