FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Carly Thibault-DuDonis was hired Monday as women’s basketball coach at Fairfield.
Thibault-DuDonis, 30, replaces Joe Frager, who retired after leading the Stags to a 25-7 record and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in his 15th season.
She spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Lindsay Whalen at Minnesota, where she also was the recruiting coordinator. She was previously on staffs at Mississippi State, Florida State and Eastern Michigan.
Thibault-DuDonis is the daughter of Mike Thibault, the coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
‘Carly has astutely aligned herself with hall-of-fame mentors and effectively coalesced their best qualities into the person we hire today,’ Fairfield Athletic Director Paul Schlickmann said. ‘She possesses a relentless work ethic, exudes an impressive basketball acumen, has established herself as an elite recruiter and articulates an authentic desire for the holistic development of young women.’
Thibault-DuDonis played at East Lyme High School in Connecticut, where her father previously coached the Connecticut Sun, and at Monmouth, where she was the valedictorian in 2013.
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