University of Hartford Director of Athletics Anton Goff announced that Kim McNeill has been hired as the Hawks’ head women’s basketball coach on May 25, 2016. McNeill has spent the past 16 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level, distinguishing herself as an effective and successful recruiter and coach.
McNeill, the eighth coach in program history, arrives at Hartford by way of the University of Virginia, where from 2011-13, she was an assistant coach under Joanna Boyle before being elevated to Associate Head Coach in 2013.
McNeill worked alongside Boyle for eight seasons, previously serving as an assistant coach on her staff at the University of Richmond (2004-05) and the University of California (2005-07). Prior to rejoining Boyle’s staff at Virginia, McNeill spent four seasons at the University of Georgia from 2007-11. Prior to her time at Richmond, McNeill worked three seasons (2000-01 and 2002-04) at James Madison.
McNeill is no stranger to helping build winning programs. Five of the six programs she has been a part of have earned berths to either the NCAA Tournament or the Postseason WNIT (California, Georgia, James Madison, Richmond and Virginia). She has been a part of 10 teams that have qualified for the postseason, guiding six squads to NCAA Tournament berths and four to appearances in the Postseason WNIT.
At Virginia, McNeill helped pilot the program to three WNIT appearances, including back-to-back berths in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Cavaliers posted a 90-71 record during her five-year stint. Included in that time is the program’s first 25-win season since 1999-00 (2011-12). In her four seasons at Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs participated in four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2010 and 2011.
A talented recruiter – especially along the East Coast – McNeill helped Virginia land 13 players in the last five recruiting classes (2012-16) who ranked in the nation’s top-100. The Cavaliers’ 2016 recruiting class was ranked 13th nationally by ProspectsNation while the incoming 2016-17 class includes the Gatorade State Players of the Year from both New York and New Jersey. In addition, she helped Georgia ink 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes that were ranked among the nation’s top five.
At James Madison, she helped the Dukes make a run to the WNIT semifinals during her inaugural season in 2001. Between the two stints at JMU, she was an assistant coach at Howard University for one year.
A native of Bassett, Va., McNeill was a three-year letterwinner and co-captain at Richmond, where she received her bachelor’s degree in sport science in 2000. On the court, she was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Defensive Team as a senior. Prior to transferring to Richmond, she was named the 1996 Big South Rookie of the Year at Radford.
McNeill and her husband, Cory McNeill, are the parents of three-year old twins.
Cory McNeill was named Associate Head Coach of the University of Hartford women's basketball team in June 2016. McNeill, who is the husband of head coach Kim McNeill, joined the Hawks after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia.
At Virginia, McNeill and his wife worked under head coach Joanne Boyle, where they helped the Cavaliers to a 90-71 record and three WNIT appearances, including back-to-back berths in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining the staff at Virginia, McNeill served as an assistant coach at Georgetown from 2007-11. During that time, the Baltimore, Md., native helped the Hoyas to one of the nation’s most impressive turnarounds, earning back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths for the first time in program history in 2010 and 2011. In addition, with McNeill’s prowess as a defensive coach, Georgetown became one of the nation’s leaders in forced turnovers and defensive field goal percentage.
McNeill’s coaching career began at Coppin State. In five seasons, he led the Eagles to two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships, three regular-season MEAC Championships, two NCAA Tournament berths and a WNIT appearance. He played college basketball at Morgan State, where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2002, and went on to earn his master’s degree in public administration in 2005 from the University of Baltimore.
Ebony Moore enters her first season as a member of the University of Hartford women's basketball coaching staff in 2016. Moore, who joins the Hawks as an assistant coach, has close ties with head coach Kim McNeill, as the two were college teammates at Richmond University.
Moore comes to Hartford from Richmond, her alma mater, where she was an assistant coach since 2009. Since making her way back to her alma mater, the Spiders made four appearances in the postseason WNIT and amassed 123 wins during that stretch, including a pair of 20-plus win seasons.
A native of Garner, N.C., Moore put together a decorated resume as a member of Richmond’s women’s basketball team from 1999-03. Her name is inked throughout the Spiders’ record books as she is the program’s 12th-leading scorer (1,215 points), fifth-leading rebounder (824 rebounds) and fifth-leading shot blocker (114 blocks). In addition, Moore joined an elite group of RIchmond women’s basketball players to score 1,000 points and snare 500 rebounds. She received her degree in interpersonal communication and speech rhetoric.
After college, Moore played professional basketball for two years in Israel and Greece before beginning her coaching career as an assistant at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. While at Shaw, she helped lead the Bears to a 2008 CIAA Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
Robin Dolan joined the University of Hartford women's basketball team's coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2016.
A Staten Island, N.Y., native, Dolan joins the Hawks from Felician University, where she served as an assistant coach for the Division II women’s basketball program located in Rutherford, N.J., since September 2014. Prior to landing at Felician, she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the College of Staten Island.
Before jumping into the college coaching scene, Dolan spent eight years coaching various AAU teams in Staten Island. She is a former member of the Staten Island Diamonds program who also served as an assistant coach at St. Peter’s Girls High School and Staten Island Academy.
Dolan earned an associate degree in applied science from the College of Staten Island in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wagner College in 2012. Previously a registered nurse at Staten Island University hospital, she attended the 2015 WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence program in Atlanta, Ga.