Stern Names Courtnay Pilypaitis as Assistant Coach

Stern Names Courtnay Pilypaitis as Assistant Coach

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball Head Coach Phil Stern has named former Vermont and America East standout Courtnay Pilypaitis as an assistant coach, replacing Rich Conover, who took an assistant coaching job at East Carolina. Pilypaitis joins current assistant coaches Carlee Cassidy and Chelsea Barker, as well as director of basketball operations Kayla Stroman. 

Pilypaitis comes to UMBC having spent four years as an assistant coach at her alma mater. During her four year career with the Catamounts, Pilypaitis amassed over 1,900 points, 800 rebounds, and 600 assists. She finished with 1,993 points scored, 905 rebounds, and 636 assists in 4,060 minutes played. 

The Orleans, Ontario native also spent time as a member of the Canadian National Women's Basketball team, having most recently played with Team Canada in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  

"I'm excited to welcome Courtnay to our family. During her career at Vermont, I watched her become one of the best players and leaders the America East has ever had," Stern said. "Her success as a professional player, Olympian and coach in our conference will benefit our entire program."

Pilypaitis led the Catamounts to back-to-back America East Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10. The four-time all-conference selection helped Vermont earn their first ever NCAA Tournament win with an upset against Wisconsin in 2010. She earned America East Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named conference Player of the Year as a sophomore. 

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to learn from a well-respected and successful coach such as Phil Stern." Pilypaitis said. "I look forward to helping continue the success of the program and I'm excited to be joining theUMBC women's basketball family,"  

Following graduation, she pursued a professional basketball career, playing two seasons for VICI Kaunas in Lithuania. VICI won back-to-back Lithuanian Cup and BWBL Championships and Pilypaitis was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian and LMKL Import Player of the Year both years.  She was also a two-time all-league selection.  

Pilypaitis earned a bachelors' of science degree in public communications in 2010.