Coaching History

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Dottie McKnight • 44-17 (.721) • 4 Years (1971-75)
The first coach in the varsity era of women's basketball at the University of Maryland, McKnight directed a fledgling program into immediate success. In her four seasons at the Maryland helm, she never had a losing season. Her program was certainly not as established as it would become after her departure, but McKnight, in fact, boasts a better winning percentage than her successor, Chris Weller. McKnight laid claim to Maryland's first state championship in 1973, and won a second in 1975 with Weller as her assistant.

Chris Weller • 499-286 (.636) • 27 Years (1975-2002)
Chris Weller dominates Maryland women's basketball history. She guided her alma mater to a national championship game and to three Final Fours in total. Her Maryland teams enjoyed national rankings in 18 seasons and she engineered an unprecedented eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships. In 1995, she became just the fifth coach in women's college history to earn at least 400 victories at the same school. Three years earlier, her Terps were No. 1-ranked for nearly a month and drew to College Park a sellout crowd that at the time was the largest in history to watch an ACC women's basketball game. She was been a pioneer, architect and engineer to one of the most successful programs in the nation. Her contributions to the game earned her a spot in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, where she will be inducted in June of 2010.

Brenda Frese • 429-119 (.783) • 16 Years (2002-Present)
Hired in 2002, Brenda Frese has rebuilt Maryland women's basketball, leading the program to its first national championship in 2006. Working hard on the recruiting trails and luring some of the top talent to ever play in a Terrapin uniform, the Terps have become an annual national player. After logging just 10 wins her first season, she has led Maryland to NCAA apperances in 14 of 16 years, earning a No. 1-seed in 2008, 2009 and 2015. Maryland has advanced to three Final Fours, including back-to-back in 2014 and 2015, six Elite Eights and eight Sweet Sixteens in her tenure. En route to its `06 title win, the Terps advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1989. That year, the Terps also garnered a top-5 national ranking in the AP and Coaches poll for the first time in 17 years, finishing No. 1 in the coaches for the first time in school history. Maryland began the following season ranked No. 1 and maintained that position for 10 weeks.