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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fabbri signs new deal with Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald has announced that Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed. The Bobcats are coming off their 11th consecutive trip to the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2011. The Bobcats entered the 2010-11 post-season as the No. 7 seed and took on second-seeded Monmouth University in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

"The confidence that President Lahey, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Mark Thompson and Jack McDonald have shown is extremely gratifying," Fabbri said. "To know that they believe in the things that our program has done and will continue to do, both on the court and, more importantly, in the classroom, reinforce the fact that Quinnipiac Unversity is a tremendous community to be a part of. "

On January 25, 2011, the Bobcats made their debut on the Omni Rankings’ top Division I "Teams On The Rise", holding down the No. 2 spot. Omni Rankings is a free, independent fan site that uses a mathematical formula to determine which teams are among the top 25, top 25 mid-majors, and "teams on the rise" in collegiate basketball. The Bobcats received the honor after winning four-straight Northeast Conference games in January to reach a 7-1 record in conference play and rank first with Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.) in the NEC standings.

Fabbri recorded her 200th career victory on Dec. 29, 2009 with an 11-point win, 90-79, against Central Michigan in the Consolation Game at the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament. Fabbri was honored with the 2010 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award. The award is presented to members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) who achieved career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more in increments of 100 this past season. Fabbri also became just the fifth head coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to win 200 games for their careers, joining former athletic director and men's basketball head coach Burt Kahn, as well as current men's and women's tennis head coach Mike Quitko, baseball head coach Dan Gooley, and men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold.

"Tricia Fabbri and her staff have brought the Quinnipiac women's basketball program to be one of the best in the Northeast Conference and in the region," McDonald said. "We look forward to continued success for Coach Fabbri on the court, in the post-season, in the classroom and in the community for many more years at Quinnipiac."

Late in the 2009-10 season, Fabbri guided the Bobcats to two wins in the final weekend of the regular season against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson. The wins gave Quinnipiac a berth in the 2010 Northeast Conference Tournament. Making it to the conference tournament for the 10th straight season, the Bobcats earned a No. 7 seed with a 7-11 NEC record.

Fabbri was named the 2000-01 and 2005-06 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and, in 2007-08, Fabbri led the Bobcats to a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The WNIT bid marked the first national postseason tournament appearance in Quinnipiac women's basketball Division I history. She led the Bobcats to 25 wins in the historic season, the most by Quinnipiac since joining the Division I ranks.

For her career, Fabbri has brought some of the finest players in recent Northeast Conference and Quinnipiac University to Mt. Carmel since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks. Fabbri has coached 17 All-League honorees, five NEC All-Rookie picks, while also placing three players on the 2006-07 All-NEC teams, a first in Quinnipiac history. Fabbri has also coached a Rookie of the Year honoree in Erin Kerner and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year honoree in Brianna Rooney.

The first full-time coach, and first-ever female head coach in Quinnipiac history, Fabbri has also mentored a number of All-Academic honorees, including a 2003 Verizon Academic All-District I First Team selection in Sara Esidore and a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District University Division Second Team honoree in Kerner.

As a player, Fabbri was named to the MAAC 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the Fairfield University Atheltic Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002, she was also inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Delran (N.J.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame before being inducted into the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2006. That year, she also received the St. Clare Award at the 22nd Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet.

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