OT: Traversi to Army HC

Posted by: turkeyman on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 2:27 pm

It just keeps coming. This just now by Pete Warner of the BDN.

Missy Traversi, who enjoyed a stellar basketball career at the University of Maine, has taken a big step in her coaching career.

The former sharpshooting guard from Attleboro, Massachusetts, has been hired as the head coach at Army.

“Her experience both as a player and a coach at all levels made her a standout candidate for this position,” Army West Point athletics director Mike Buddie said. “She clearly embraces our pillars of duty, honor and country and we can’t wait to watch her lead our women’s basketball cadet-athletes into this new era at West Point.”

Traversi, who played for coach Sharon Versyp at UMaine from 2001-05, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Division II Adelphi University. She directed the Panthers to an 83-37 (.692) overall record, the 2017 Northeast 10 Conference title and two NCAA tournament berths.

During 2019-20, Traversi led Adelphi to a 27-3 record and a No. 8 national ranking, but the NCAA Division II tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What a privilege it will be to work alongside impressive cadet-athletes as they develop into future officers and leaders in the world,” Traversi said. “I believe my brand of coaching is tailored to the core values of the type of female athlete that is built for West Point.”

Prior to Adelphi, Traversi spent two seasons as the head coach at Wheelock College in Boston. Her team went 18-7 during 2015-16, the first winning season in program history.

She previously coached three seasons (2011-14) at Attleboro High School, one year as an assistant coach at Harvard (2010-11), and two years as the head coach at Dover-Sherborn High School in Massachusetts (2008-10).

“For the past five years, it has been my distinct privilege to be the head women’s basketball coach at Adelphi University,” Traversi said.

“As I transition into this exciting new chapter of my life, I want to express gratitude for all those who supported me on my journey.”

As a player at Maine, Traversi was a key performer as the Black Bears registered an 86-35 overall record (.711) and a 58-10 America East mark. UMaine won three America East regular-season championships, one conference title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

An All-America East first-team selection as a senior, Traversi scored 1,130 points in her career, which ranks 17th in program history. She played a season of professional ball in Sweden.

Traversi earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in public relations from UMaine in 2005 and in 2013 procured a master’s degree in athletic administration.

Before going to Adelphi, Traversi owned and operated MT Elite Basketball Training, managing and recruiting players for the MT Elite AAU basketball program, which consisted of 12 teams and more than 300 athletes. She also led a team of 12 coaches and ran summer basketball camps throughout Massachusetts.

Posted by: parquetfloor on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 2:31 pm

I have no doubt she will be successful. Seems as though she accomplishes anything she sets her mind to. Best of luck to her at Army. Wonder when they will be coming to Maine for a game?

Posted by: turkeyman on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 3:00 pm

  Parquet, you`re dead on. If I remember correctly, Missy was signed and sealed but not delivered to Bentley (DII) in 2000. She sent a tape to Versyp and wound up with a DI offer to Maine. 

  My late wife and I got to be friends with her parents, sometimes joined them at the Wendy`s in Old Town before a game because it was their lucky spot. Maine never lost when they ate before the game at Wendy`s. 

  She takes her work seriously. She was a regular and successful participant in the strength and conditioning program. Back in the day, we had receptions with players and fans after each home  game. One time, Missy put a hug on me at one of those receptions, and my wife said she could hear my ribs cracking. 

  Adelphi, which canceled its season this year, is in the same league with Bentley. It seems ironic that Bentley`s long-time and wildly successful coach, Barbara Stevens, won her 1,000th game against Adelphi and Missy. 

  If you remember the America East tournaments of those years at Hartford, you may recall a man standing in the end zone looking like one of the "blue man crew." He wore blue tights and shirt and painted his face and hands blue and kept yelling, "Go you Bayahs!" That was Missy`s (now late) uncle, Paulie. At least one year, the TV folks made a big deal of him. I believe AE officials asked him to stop cheering and perhaps even to move from behind the backboard.

  At Army, she replaces Dave Magarity, father of Holy Cross and former UNH head coach Maureen Magarity. He succeeded Maggie Dixon, probably the first Army coach to build up the program. She died of an undiagnosed heart ailment at 28. Her brother is Jamie Dixon, former men`s head coach at Pitt. 

  Missy Traversi epitomizes what I think is terrific about women`s basketball and, especially, UMaine. I expect she will build the tyipe of culture at Army that Amy Vachon is building at Maine. That`s a beautiful campus, and all vertical. Went to an Army-Lehigh game there about 10 years ago and it was like driving up Pike`s Peak to get to the gym. Our army may have the world`s best-conditioned young officer corps, just from having to walk up and down the hills to get from one building to another. 

  Hope Missy brings the Cadets here, as you suggest. 

  Bob Neal, New Sharon