BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont named Alisa Kresge as head coach of women’s basketball after a season in which Kresge led the Catamounts to a fifth-place finish in America East as interim head coach.
Vermont won 11 games this season, marking its best year since 2009-10. The 11 wins were also the most by a Catamount coach in their debut season since 2003-04.
“I was really pleased with the direction that I saw our program heading in this past year under Alisa’s leadership,” said UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman. “She has proven herself to be an outstanding teacher and recruiter while also being fully committed to the personal, academic and athletic development of our student-athletes.”
The 2019-20 campaign will be Kresge’s fourth in Catamount Country. She served as associate head coach from 2016-18 and last season was interim head coach.
“The University of Vermont is an incredible institution that values academics, integrity and the community and I’m honored to call it home,” said Kresge. “I would like to thank Jeff Schulman and the entire administration for all their support. I’m thrilled for this opportunity to lead a program with a rich history and tradition.
“Our goal is to return UVM women’s basketball to a championship-caliber program. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and navigating through the highs and lows but I believe we will get there.”
A 2007 graduate of Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Kresge returned to her alma mater in 2009 as an assistant coach. During that time, she recruited and coached 19 MAAC All-Conference selections as well as 31 All-Academic honorees. The squad amassed a 173-42 record, made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2010-14) and captured five consecutive MAAC Tournament Championships (2010-14).
Kresge played point guard for the Red Foxes from 2003-07, standing as the program’s all-time leader in assists (596) and ranking second in steals (222). As a senior, she helped Marist become the first men’s or women’s basketball program in MAAC history to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. She earned her degree from Marist in digital media.