Head coach Billi Godsey is entering her fourth season at the helm of the Iona College women's basketball program.
Iona announced the appointment of Godsey as the seventh head coach of the women's basketball program in May of 2013. Godsey spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Virginia Tech prior to the move to New Rochelle.
This past season Godsey led the Gaels to their first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, taking down the top seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats in the championship game to earn the Maroon & Gold's debut appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In her first season with the Gaels, Godsey led Iona to a program record 26 wins and a share of its first MAAC Regular Season Championship. Her 26 wins are the most by a rookie head coach in conference history.
In 2013-14, Godsey led the Gaels to a historic 18-game winning streak, the longest in school history. She became the first rookie coach to win the MAAC Coach of the Year honor since 1991 and led all first-time head coaches in NCAA Division I with 26 overall wins and 18 victories in conference play.
For her efforts, Godsey was named the WBCA Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year, given to the nation's top first year head coach, becoming the first mentor in MAAC history to claim the honor. Godsey was also named College Sports Madness Mid-Major Coach of the Year in 2014.
Through her first three years leading the Iona program, Godsey holds a 64-43 (.633) overall record, the best of any coach in program history during their first three seasons.
During her three years at the helm of the Maroon & Gold, three student-athletes have earned All-MAAC First Team honors; Damika Martinez (2014, 15), Joy Adams (2013, 14, 15), and Marina Lizarazu (2016). Martinez was named the MAAC Player of the Year in both her junior and senior year.
Aaliyah Robinson (2014) and Alexis Lewis (2016) each earned MAAC Sixth Player of the Year honors.
Hokies' head coach Dennis Wolff invited Godsey to join his staff after taking over the program in 2011-12. Virginia Tech improved its Atlantic Coast Conference mark in both seasons under Wolff and Godsey.
Prior to Tech, Godsey served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UMBC under head coach Phil Stern for three seasons. During the 2010-11 campaign, the Retrievers finished 20-12 earning the America East regular season championship and a berth into the Women's NIT.
Godsey spent two seasons as an assistant at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. Under the tutelage of Tim O’Hagan, she helped guide the Lions to their first-ever East Coast Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2008. Molloy posted a 34-26 overall record in her two seasons on the bench.
While at Molloy, Godsey also served as an athletics administrator. She was the Lions' Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and Compliance Officer. She joined the Molloy staff after two years in the conference office as Associate Commissioner for Operations and SWA for the ECC.
The Cheverly, MD native attended Archbishop Carroll High School and was a four-year letter winner at Hofstra. Godsey played in 79 games and made 28 starts from 1999-2003. She earned a bachelor's degree from Hofstra in psychology in May 2003 and a master's degree in psychology from Adelphi University in November 2005.
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