Carlisle, Pa. – Dickinson College Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone has announced the hiring of Aby Diop as the new head coach of the Dickinson women's basketball program. Coach Diop comes to Carlisle via Averett University, where she has spent the last two seasons has head coach of the Cougars.
"We are very excited to welcome Aby Diop into the Dickinson Athletics family," Quattrone said. "We feel her approach to teaching basketball will not only result in successful outcomes, but a very positive experience for our student-athletes. We are looking forward to Aby building on the solid foundation of the program as we pursue consistent presence at the top of the Centennial Conference."
During her tenure leading the Cougars program, Diop compiled a 22-17 overall record (includes COVID shortened season in 2020-21), including a 15-13 mark in the USA South Conference. In her first season at the helm, Diop guided Averett to an 18-9 record, which gave the Cougars their fourth-straight 18-plus win season. She coached three all-conference selections and one D3hoops.com Team of the Week selection during her time as head coach. The team also advanced to the USA South Conference playoffs in 2019-20 earning a first-round win over Meredith College, before falling to Piedmont College in the Quarterfinals. Diop also served as the co-chair of Averett's Department of Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Committee during time in Danville, Virginia.
"Every experience I have had in my collegiate coaching career has led me to Dickinson," Diop said. "Dickinson sets the bar both academically and athletically, and I am both honored and thankful to be named the head women's basketball coach. I would like to thank Joel Quattrone and the search committee for entrusting me to lead our women to reach their highest potential."
Prior to her stint as head coach of Averett, Aby spent three years as an assistant coach at Shenandoah University. During her time as with the Hornets, the program improved each season and captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship in 2018-19 defeating Washington & Lee University in the finals. With the victory Shenandoah advanced to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
"I am excited beyond words to get to work alongside the passionate members of the Red Devil family," Diop stated. "I'm looking forward to integrating my own values and ideas with the established culture at Dickinson in order to continue the history of success in the athletics department. Furthermore, I can't wait to get to know the hard working. intelligent student-athletes, who make this program what it is."
Coach Diop will officially begin her new position with the Red Devils on Monday, July 12.