Michelle Scecina enters her 14th season as head coach of the Mount Holyoke College basketball team. Since taking over the reigns of the Lyons in 2004, she has posted 116 victories.
Scecina was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year after leading the Lyons to their first ever NEWMAC Championship in 2006-07. With their 51-46 triumph over WPI in the league title game, they secured a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time in program history.
In 2005-06, she guided Mount Holyoke to a 72-68 victory over perennial powerhouse Emmanel College in the ECAC Division III New England Championship. With the win, the Lyons established a new program record for wins in a season with 23. As a first year head coach, Scecina directed Mount Holyoke to the NEWMAC regular season title in 2004-05.
Prior to taking over as the program’s head coach, Scecina served as an assistant for two years (2002-04). She also enjoyed an assistant coaching stint at Springfield College, where she helped lead the Pride to the NCAA Division III Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2002 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001.
A four year starter at Springfield, Scecina graduated as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and also reached the 1,000 point plateau. She was an ECAC All-Region Team honoree as a junior in 1995-96 and was named to the NEWBA Senior All-Star Team in 1996-97. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education from Springfield in 1997, she went on to earn her Master of Education Degree in health studies from the College in 2001.
Scecina was inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame in April of 2016. She also serves as the Co-President of the NEWBA and has served as a member of the NCAA Regional Rankings Committee in recent years.
In addition to her coaching duties at Mount Holyoke, she teaches many of the badminton and racquetball classes in the Department of Physical Education. Scecina is an American Red Cross certified instructor in water safety, life guarding, CPR and community first aid. She typically teaches the Advanced Beginning section of the swimming curriculum.