Christine Clancy enters her eighth season as the head coach of the Washington and Lee women's basketball program in the 2019-20 season.
Under Clancy's leadership, the 2018-19 team had one of the best seasons in program history. The Generals concluded the season with a 19-9 overall record, tying the program record for wins in a season, and went the team to the ODAC Tournament Championship game after a 13-5 mark in conference play, the program's second appearance in the ODAC title game. Clancy earned her 100th career coaching win in the team's season-opening 72-64 win over Stevenson. She also coached three players to All-ODAC laurels, led by junior guard Taylor Casey '20 on the first team. Sophomore guard Erin Hughes '21 was named the first ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in conference history and earned a second team selection, while junior forward Andy Smithey '20 was recognized on the third team.
Clancy led the Generals to a 17-10 overall record in 2017-18, 9-7 in the ODAC, and advanced to the conference semifinals for the second time in three seasons before falling to Emory & Henry, 64-60. The Generals opened the season 4-0, tying the longest undefeated start to a season since the 2014-15 team also began the campaign 4-0. Under Clancy's leadership, senior guard Emily Perszyk earned her second consecutive All-ODAC First Team honor and went on to become the first player in program history to be named an Academic All-American, earning a spot on the first team.
Clancy led the Generals to a 12-14 record and a 7-9 mark in conference play through an injury-plagued 2016-17 campaign. The Generals won a first round contest over Roanoke, 88-79, before falling to eventual ODAC champion, Guilford, 72-55, in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Clancy mentored Emily Perszyk ’18 to First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-State honors. Perszyk is the first W&L player to earn first team all-conference honors since 2012 and the first player to earn a spot on one of the all-state teams since the 2005-06 season.
The Generals finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 17-10 overall record and an 11-5 mark in ODAC play. W&L traveled to Salem for the ODAC Tournament as the fourth-seed and advanced to the semifinals where it fell to eventual conference champion, Lynchburg, 71-57. Clancy guided Jackie Clifford '17 to Second Team All-ODAC accolades and Ailyn Kelly '18 to Third Team All-ODAC laurels.
In her first season at the helm of the program, Clancy led a W&L team picked to finish last in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to the No. 8 seed out of 12 teams for the conference tournament. The Generals won a first round contest before falling to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, 68-58, in the quarterfinals. W&L finished with a 9-16 overall record and finished among the league leaders in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Clancy mentored Katy Wilson '13 to Second Team All-ODAC honors and she was also named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Clancy served as the Generals' assistant coach for the 2011-12 season, helping lead the Blue & White to a 14-13 overall record and an 11-9 mark in conference play. The Generals were the No. 5 seed for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, defeating fourth-seeded Randolph-Macon, 78-69, in the quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan by a score of 60-58 in the semifinals. With her assistance, W&L claimed three all-conference selections and Becca Bolton '12 was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Prior to arriving in Lexington, Clancy spent three seasons at Colby College, serving as an assistant coach for two years before taking over as interim head coach for the 2010-11 season. After going 13-11 in her first season as an assistant, she helped lead the White Mules to a program record for wins (24-5) and the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history in 2009-10. Clancy then took over on an interim basis in her third year, guiding Colby to a 22-6 overall record and a second NCAA Tournament berth, advancing to the second round before falling to William Paterson, 58-53.
Clancy's coaching experience also includes two seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach at Smith College, where she earned a master of science degree in sports and exercise studies. She also served as an athletic administrative intern at Smith.
As an undergraduate, Clancy played on the basketball and tennis teams at Brandeis University, graduating in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She received the Coaches Award in both sports and was a three-time member of the University Athletic Association All-Academic Team. A team captain for the basketball team as a senior, she was a three-time All-UAA selection, including a first team honoree following her final season.
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