Get to Know Boston University Women's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG 2013-14 will be the tenth season for Kelly Greenberg as the head coach at Boston University.
2013-14 will be the tenth season for Kelly Greenberg as the head coach at Boston University.

Aug. 8, 2013

The women's basketball program at Boston University brings with it a tradition of success when it enters the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season.

The Terriers have earned four berths to the WNIT in each of the last five seasons, and recorded a 28-3 mark against conference opponents over the last two years. Tenth-year head coach Kelly Greenberg is no stranger to the Patriot League, having spent seven seasons as an assistant on Bill Gibbons' staff at Holy Cross in the 1990s.

The non-League slate has yet to be announced, but the Terriers will start League play Jan. 2 when they take the Mass Pike west to Worcester to visit Holy Cross.

  • Overall Record - 550-492
  • First Season – 1975-76
  • Record vs. Patriot League Opponents - 24-12
  • Conference championships and years - 4 (’85, ’88, ’89, ’03)
  • NCAA Tournament appearances and years - 1 (’03)
  • Head Coach - Kelly Greenberg (10th Season, 173-107)
  • Facility - Case Gymnasium (1,800)

Q&A with head coach Kelly Greenberg

Q: How is the Patriot League a good fit for the women’s basketball program at Boston University?

A: We are very excited about joining the Patriot League. Boston University is consistently recognized among the nation’s premier academic institutions and we are thrilled that we are now partners with nine programs also committed to student-athletes that can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. Being partnered with Army, Navy and the rest of this group is an exciting time for our program. There is a tremendous amount of parity in the PL and we hope to become a solid member of this conference.

Q: You were on Bill Gibbons’ staff at Holy Cross for seven years in the 90s so you’re familiar with the League, its mission and vision. From your perspective how has the League evolved from then to now?

A: I spent seven memorable years at Holy Cross under the guidance of Bill Gibbons. He was a terrific mentor and good friend. My years in the Patriot League certainly prepared me for my years at Penn and BU. As for changes I see in the conference since my days at HC? I am sure I will have more thoughts on this upon the conclusion of our first season; however, there is no question that the league is much more physical and much more competitive.

Q: When you look at your new conference schedule, are there any new rivalries that you’re specifically excited to start?

A: We are not too sure on who will be our so-called conference “rival.” We had a terrific run with Hartford for several years in the America East and it was a lot of fun. I believe rivalries simply happen. My players and staff are just so excited about playing nine new teams this season and, hopefully, we will figure things out as we move forward.

Q: Your program is coming off back-to-back 20 win seasons and has four WNIT appearances in the last five years. What has been the recipe for so much consistent success?

A: Our program has fared pretty well over the past several years and I give all of the credit to our players. Year in and year out, we have had terrific leadership and terrific chemistry. Our students are very much committed to this program for all of the right reasons. They work hard, they compete, they communicate, they care and they have a lot of fun. My staff does a great job of individually working with each player and improving their overall skill-set.

Q: You have a returning first-team all-conference selection in rising senior Rashidat Agboola. What makes her such an effective player, and what are you looking for from her this season?

A: Rashidat Agboola may be the hardest working player I have ever coached. From day one, Rashidat was committed to being the best student and best player she could possibly be at BU. And, she continues to wow us! Her tenacity and will to win have been a huge part of our success these past few years and we will rely heavily on Rashidat as we make this transition to the Patriot League.