Head Coach Billy McBride
Asst. Coach Kathleen Osterhout
Asst. Coach Becca Cusumano Seidel
Asst. Coach Lynn Hersey
||Billy McBride enters his ninth season as head coach of the women's basketball team with a 113-79 career record and a string of competitive teams and accomplished student-athletes to his credit. In the 2000-2001 season, McBride was named both the NESCAC and the Russell Athletic/WBCA District I Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 23-5 record. The Syracuse, NY native came to Amherst in 1990 after a stint as athletic director and head basketball and football coach at the Allen Stevenson School in New York City. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers after a standout two-sport playing career at Tennessee State University, McBride played six years in the Canadian Football League and was an All-City and All-Upstate New York football and basketball player as a prep all-star in Syracuse. He also led the Tennessee State basketball team to the NCAA Division II Final Four as a point guard in 1975. During the off-season, McBride tutors wide receivers for the Amherst football team.
Kathleen Osterhout enters her third year as Billy McBride's top assistant after helping lead the Jeffs to their first outright Little Three Championship in 11 years as a newcomer in 1999-00 and their best season in school history in 2000-01. Like McBride, Osterhout is a native of Syracuse, NY, where she was a four-year basketball all-star and an outstanding soccer goaltender at Bishop Ludden High School. Upon graduation, Osterhaut inked a scholarship to play basketball at Niagara University. Today, the Holyoke, MA resident is an avid runner, recently completing the New York City Marathon, and is the mother of an 11-year old daughter, Meghan.
Assistant coach Becca Cusumano-Seidel enters her first season under head coach Billy McBride while working as a teaching fellow in the exercise and sports studies graduate program at nearby Smith College. She teaches a trio of performance courses at Smith - physical conditioning, self-paced fitness and canoe touring - in addition to studying as a full-time graduate student, anticipating completion of a master's degree in science in May, 2002. Prior to coaching at Amherst, Cusumano-Seidel worked as an assistant coach at Smith and Swarthmore Colleges after an outstanding playing career at Wellesley College, where she was selected a two-year captain, team MVP and Best Defensive Player before graduating in 1999.
Another first-year assistant, Lynn Hersey, specializes in tutoring Amherst's point guards, among other duties, thanks to a standout playing career at Division III power Plymouth State College. She was a four-year starting point guard at Plymouth State, earning team Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and the college's Female Athlete of the Year award as a senior captain. Upon graduating in 2000 with a degree in sports medicine, the Dexter, Maine native began her professional career working for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, helping oversee championships, marketing and broadcast services. While coaching at Amherst, Hersey is working toward a master's degree in sports management at nearby UMass-Amherst.