Philadelphia Michele Koclanes, former basketball standout at the University of Richmond, joins the Penn women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant. Koclanes will bring the experience of a coach and a student-athlete to the Quakers as she has excelled on both the collegiate and professional levels.
Koclanes comes to Philadelphia after spending a year at Columbia as the director of basketball operations where she assisted the coaching staff in all administrative aspects of the women’s basketball program. While a member of the Lions’ staff, Koclanes also worked as a personal trainer in Pelham, N.Y., training clients in general and sport-specific physical conditioning.
The 2002 Richmond graduate practiced what she taught as a member of the Spiders women’s basketball team. Koclanes was a four-year starting point guard at Richmond and a three-year captain. She compiled 1,205 career points and is the career assists leader with 793. Koclanes’ assists total ranks her 20th nationally among career assists leaders in Division I women’s basketball. She was a 2001-02 All-America nominee, Naismith Award candidate, third-team All-Atlantic 10 honoree and Atlantic 10 All-Academic team member. Koclanes was a 2000-01 first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and CAA All-Academic team selection.
Koclanes parlayed her success on the collegiate hardwood into a professional opportunity overseas. She joined Panserraikos, a member of the Foreign International Basketball Association (FIBA), in the fall of 2002, traveling and competing throughout Greece and Bulgaria.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from Richmond in May of 2002, Koclanes went back into the classroom and earned her Master’s in speech and interpersonal communication from New York University in May of 2004.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications