Billy McBride
Billy McBride

Lynn Hersey
Lynn Hersey

Amherst Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Billy McBride enters his 13th season as head coach of the women's basketball team with a 163-128 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 first season as Co-Head Coach with McBride after four years as an 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 is also the Interim Head Coach of Amherst softball program.

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