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Amherst Women's Basketball Coaching Staff


Billy McBride
Billy McBride

Lynne Cinella
Lynne Cinella

Lynn Hersey
Lynn Hersey

Patti McGrail
Patti McGrail

    Billy McBride enters his 12th season as head coach of the women's basketball team with a 148-117 career record and a string of competitive teams and accomplished student-athletes to his credit. In 2000-01, McBride was named both the NESCAC and the Russell Athletic/WBCA District I Coach of the Year after leading the Jeffs to a 23-5 record. The Syracuse, N.Y. 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 coaches wide receivers for the Amherst football team.

Billy McBride's Career Coaching Record

Entering her third season sharing head coaching duties with McBride, Lynne Cinella brings a wide breadth of experience to the women's basketball program. An Agawam, Mass. native, Cinella graduated from St. Michael's College in 1994 and was an all-conference point guard, leading the Northeast-10 and finishing in the top-10 in the nation in assists as a senior and graduating as the college's all-time assists leader. During her tenure, the Purple Knights made an appearance in the Northeast-10 Final Four and marked two postseason appearances in the ECAC Tournament. Cinella worked toward her M.B.A. at Sacred Heart University from 1994 to 1997, taking up residence as an assistant coach for the Division I women's basketball program. She then spent time in the administrative sector of athletics, working with former ABL franchise the New England Blizzard, New York City's WFAN Sports Radio and the Hartford FoxForce, a professional team competing in World Team Tennis.

Lynne Cinella's Career Coaching Record

Fourth-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 oversaw championships, marketing and broadcast services for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). She then earned a master's degree in sport management at nearby UMass Amherst and, shortly thereafter, lent her expertise as a marketing consultant to the Springfield Spirit of the National Women's Basketball League. Hersey also assists head coach Sue Everden with the Amherst softball program.

Assistant coach Patti McGrail enters her second season at Amherst while working toward a masterís degree in exercise and sports studies at nearby Smith College. A 2001 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) in Sparkill, N.Y., McGrail was a four-year starter at shooting guard, twice earning All-National Catholic Basketball Tournament honors and leading the Lady Spartans to a trio of NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a trip to the NAIA National Quarterfinals as a sophomore. A native of Stamford, N.Y., McGrail was also a two-time team MVP and an all-conference selection on the STAC womenís soccer team.

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