Entering her 10th season at the helm of the Boston University women's basketball program, Kelly Greenberg has built the Terriers into one of the most respected and successful programs in the Northeast.
Greenberg has led BU to the America East championship game five times since 2005 and the Terriers have earned at least 15 victories in each of her nine seasons as head coach. BU has never finished lower than fourth in the America East standings over the past six years and has enjoyed five top-three finishes during Greenberg's tenure, which includes a perfect 16-0 conference mark during the 2008-09 season. The Terriers have advanced to the WNIT fourtimes under Greenberg's guidance (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and picked up the program's first-ever postseason win in their first appearance in 2009. BU earned its second postseason victory in 2013, when the Terriers knocked off Sacred Heart, 61-49, in the first round of the WNIT.
With 173 wins under her belt at BU, Greenberg is the second-winningest head coach in program history and the first to lead the program to back-to-back 20-win seasons (2007-08, 2008-09). Her .619 winning percentage is the best in the team's last 30 years.
Greenberg has served as a head coach at the Division I level for the past 14 years and boasts a career record of 257-161 (.615). She earned her 200th career victory against Albany on Jan. 15, 2011 and reached her 250th career victory with a 63-49 win at UMBC on Jan. 26, 2013.
Throughout her career, Greenberg's teams have combined to claim nine regular-season conference titles and seven conference tournament crowns. She has reached the NCAA tournament seven times as a coach, including twice during her five-year stint as head coach at Penn (1999-04). Since 1993, all but two of her teams have either finished the regular season in the top two spots in their respective league or have reached their conference title game.
Last season, BU led BU to one of its best campaigns with a 24-6 overall record a trip to the WNIT for the second straight season. The Terriers faced a challenging non-conference schedule and posted a 66-49 victory over then-No.17/15 St. John's, which was the highest-ranked opponent BU has defeated in program history. The Terriers also posted a 13-game winning streak for the second year in a row and earned a bid to the WNIT, where they recorded their second-ever postseason victory. Chantell Alford became the first player in America East history to capture three Player of the Year awards and was joined on the All-Conference First Team with Mo Moran and Rashidat Agboola.
In 2011-12, Greenberg led the Terriers to a 23-9 overall record and a berth in the WNIT. BU challenged itself with a tough non-conference schedule then began America East play with 13 straight victories to tie for the sixth-longest winning streak in the nation. The Terriers claimed the regular season conference crown and earned an automatic bid to the WNIT. Chantell Alford earned her second straight Player of the Year honors and became the fourth player in America East history to claim the Rookie of the Year award followed by back-to-back Player of the Year accolades. Classmate Mo Moran joined Alford on the All-Conference First Team while sophomore Rashidat Agboola was named to the America East All-Defensive Team and the All-Conference Third Team.
In 2010-11, Greenberg and the Terriers overcame a tough non-conference slate by kicking off America East play with 10 straight wins. The team once again advanced to the league title game, but hosted it for the first time since 1990 thanks to being the highest seed in the final. The Terriers finished the year with an 18-13 mark and Chantell Alford became just the sixth sophomore in America East history to be named league Player of the Year. Classmate Mo Moran earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team while senior Kerry Cashman and junior Alex Young were third-team honorees.
Despite a youthful roster, the 2009-10 squad opened its conference slate with a five-game winning streak, included a victory over then-No. 24 Vermont - the program's first-ever over a ranked foe. BU went on to finish 16-15 overall and earned its second straight WNIT bid. Alford earned the league's Rookie of the Year honor and was named to the AE All-Conference First Team.
The 2009 America East Coach of the Year, Greenberg guided the Terriers to unprecedented heights in 2008-09 and was duly rewarded for it at season's end with a contract extension through 2014. During that campaign, BU went 16-0 in America East Conference action, sported a 19-game winning streak over the span of two and a half months and appeared in its second straight America East title game. The squad's perfect conference record was just the fifth time in the history of the America East a team ran the table during the regular season. That year, the Terriers were one of just four teams in the nation to go undefeated in their respective conference.
At the end of the 2008-09 regular season, BU took home major hardware from the annual banquet, as seniors Jesyka Burks-Wiley and Amarachi Umez-Eronini were named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, and classmate Christine Kinneary was the Fan's Choice Player of the Year. All three athletes made the All-Conference First Team, while senior Kristi Dini, the 2009 NCAA 3-Point Champion, was an All-Conference Third Team honoree.
In the 2007-08 campaign, the Terriers enjoyed a thrilling ride to the conference finals with Hartford, which included a double-overtime victory against rival Vermont in the semifinals. Along the way, the squad amassed 20 wins for the first time in 20 years, and only the second time in program history. BU staunchly defended its home court, owning a perfect 11-0 record at Case Gymnasium, and broke a school record for points in a season (2,220) that was topped the following year. BU was also strong from the charity stripe, breaking the program mark for free-throw percentage (.769).
The 2006-07 season was highlighted by a non-conference schedule that featured three nationally ranked opponents as well as numerous personal accomplishments including Katie Meinhardt's senior campaign where she joined the 1,000-point club and finished her decorated career with 1,204 career points - good for seventh in program history.
Greenberg led the 2005-06 team to an 18-12 record and an appearance in the America East title game following an exciting 76-74 overtime victory over second-seeded Stony Brook in the semifinal round.
In her first season at the BU helm, Greenberg's squad posted a 15-16 overall record after making a dramatic run through the America East tournament. Entering the tournament as the eighth-seeded team, BU knocked off top-seeded Maine, fourth-seeded Vermont and ninth-seeded Stony Brook en route to becoming the first eighth-seeded team in the tournament's 14-year history to reach the title game. In the finals, BU dropped a 52-50 decision to second-seeded Hartford.
A 20-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, Greenberg was appointed head coach of the BU women's basketball program on July 7, 2004, after guiding the University of Pennsylvania to two Ivy League championships during her five-year tenure. While at Penn, Greenberg posted an 84-54 overall record and a 51-19 mark in Ivy League play, finishing no lower than second in the conference each year. Her 84 career victories are the third-highest win total in program history.
In her first season as a head coach in 1999-00, Greenberg's squad posted its first winning season in eight years. For her efforts, she was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year.
The following season, she guided the Quakers to an Ivy League title as the team went a perfect 14-0 in league games. The team earned the program's first-ever NCAA tournament bid and posted a school-best 22-6 overall record. During the season, the team won a program-record 21 consecutive games, which ranked as the longest active winning streak in the nation at the time. Following the record-breaking season, Greenberg was honored as the Daily Pennsylvanian Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
In 2003-04, Greenberg led the team back to the NCAA tournament as Penn recorded a 17-10 overall mark and an 11-3 record in Ivy League play.
Prior to her appointment at Penn, Greenberg spent seven seasons on the women's basketball staff at the College of the Holy Cross. During her final three seasons, Greenberg served as the associate head coach under head coach Bill Gibbons. During her tenure, the Crusaders made four trips to the NCAA tournament and captured six Patriot League titles.
Before Holy Cross, Greenberg was an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island during the 1991-92 season and George Washington University in 1990-91. During her tenure at George Washington, the Colonials reached the NCAA tournament, Greenberg's first trip as a coach. She began her coaching career at cross-town rival Northeastern in 1989-90.
An outstanding leader since her collegiate playing career, Greenberg was a two-time second-team All-Big 5 selection at La Salle University, leading the Explorers to three consecutive Big 5 Championships and NCAA tournaments. She captained the 1988-89 team to a 28-3 overall record, a national ranking, and a third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Greenberg graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in English.
Greenberg was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in February of 2012.
During her scholastic career, Greenberg excelled at basketball, field hockey and softball at Archbishop Wood High School in Philadelphia. In 2010, she had her No. 32 jersey retired joining just two other female athletes - Debbie Black of the WNBA and Kelly's sister, Kathy. Kelly is a member of the high school's alumni hall of fame.