2015-16 Coaching Staff

Kate Mullen - Head Women's Basketball Coach

(860) 685-2888 - kmullen@wesleyan.edu

kmullen     Now an adjunct professor of physical education at Wesleyan, Kate Mullen is in her 24th year leading the women's basketball program in 2015-16. Kate guided the team to nine consecutive winning seasons from 2000-2009 with a 153-69 (.689) record during the span, and added three more winning regular-season marks from 2011-12 through 2013-14. The Cardinals have appeared in 12 of the last 14 NESCAC tournaments and made two trips to the NCAAs during the stretch. After going 21-4, a team best winning percentage (.840), and earning the second seed in the NESCAC tournament, Kate was voted NESCAC Coach of the Year by her conference peers in 2002-03. The 2004-05 campaign led to a 22-5 record, the winningest in team history, while securing an NCAA bid and advancing to the Sweet 16. In 2005-06, the team made its second visit to the NCAAs and finished with an 18-8 mark.
     Bringing with her a solid background in coaching, Kate was the head basketball coach at Elms College for seven seasons, going 4-3 against Wesleyan over that time. She also served as associate director of athletics at Elms. Prior to her time with the Blazers, Kate was the head coach of women's basketball at Westfield State College from 1981-85 while teaching in the Enfield, Conn., school system. From her 33 seasons in the college coaching ranks, Kate enters 2015-16 with 387 victories, ranking her among the top-40 active Division III coaches and second in the NESCAC. In April 2011, Kate was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as one of seven inductees and was the only individual inducted as a college coach.
      Kate is a veteran of numerous summer basketball camps as a coach and lecturer. She is co-owner and director of the Fundamental Basketball Camp held at Wesleyan University. A 1978 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where she was an outstanding three-sport athlete (field hockey, basketball, softball), Kate was inducted into her alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame in April 2010. She earned her master's degree in physical education from Springfield College in 1992. As an associate director of athletics at Wesleyan, Kate also teaches physical education activity classes and was just appointed the department's Senior Woman Administrator.

Chris Lanser - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-2983 - clanser@wesleyan.edu

chris lanser      Moving into his 21st year with the women's basketball program, Chris Lanser remains a mainstay in the program’s growth. As an employee of the university for 20 years, Chris initially headed the Wesleyan Challenge program, then as director of community services and currently, as an associate director of admissions. Chris also is one of the admissions office liaisons to the athletic department. Chris played four years of basketball at Haverford College from 1979-83, captained the team for two seasons and was a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) all-star. He earned a degree from Temple University in Education in 1992.  His coaching experience prior to Wesleyan came from three years at the middle-school level in California.

 

Laura Pierce - Assistant Coach

(860)  685-2913 - lpierce01@wesleyan.edu

laura pierce  - WBB      Laura Pierce joins the Wesleyan staff as a department intern and assistant coach in women’s basketball in 2015-16.  A 2015 graduate of Wheaton College (Mass.) with a degree in history, Laura served as a basketball team captain her sophomore, junior and senior years.  Laura finished up her career third all-time in program history in assists with 424 and fifth all-time in three-point field goals made with 121.  She also holds the single-game assist record with 13.  Laura led the NEWMAC in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio her freshman, junior and senior years.  Her senior year, she ranked 16th in NCAA Division III in assist-to-turnover ratio and 48th in assists per game.  Her last two years at Wheaton, Laura helped the Lyons finish second in the NEWMAC with a 20-8 record.  
     This past April, Laura attended the "So You Want to be a Coach" Program at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla., sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  In addition over the past two summers, she has worked the Duke Women’s Basketball Camp, among others.