Kimberley Rybczyk was named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at her alma mater Western Connecticut State University in April of 2002. She will be entering her 13th season with the Colonials. Five out of the last seven years, Rybczyk has garnered Little East Conference Coach of the Year by her peers.
During the 2013-14 campaign, the Colonials posted a 16-11 overall record, including an 8-6 mark in the Little East Conference, which earned WCSU the fourth seed in the league tournament. Defense has always been a trademark of Rybczyk-led teams as illustrated by finishing second in the LEC in scoring defense at 53.7 points per game. A year ago, Western defeated UMass Dartmouth in the quarterfinals of the LEC Tournament before falling to eventual champion Rhode Island College in the semifinals, after holding a first-half advantage.
Last season Rybczyk captured coveted wins. Her 300th collegiate coaching win came at Keene State College, 53-39 on January 14. Her 200th win at Western came against UMass Dartmouth in the last home game, the LEC Quarterfinals, 64-57.
Perhaps Coach Rybczyk’s greatest accomplishment as the mentor of the proud Colonial program centers on academics. The WCSU women’s basketball graduation rate is 100% for the student-athletes that have played four years in the program.
Rybczyk, a 1988 graduate and a four-year women’s basketball letter-winner, returned to the Danbury, Connecticut area having spent the previous 14 years as assistant coach at several Division I and Division II schools in New England as well as heading up the programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six seasons and Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX for one.
During her stint at Rensselaer (NY), her squad posted a 23-5 record, won the UCAA championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during the 2000-01 season. She was named UCAA Coach of the Year twice, WBCA Division III, District 2 Coach of the Year once, BCANY Coach of the Year once, and New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year once. Also, Rybczyk’s squads at RPI and Southwestern were ranked twice among the Top 25 in the nation academically by the WBCA in Division III for cumulative team GPA.
In 1988, Rybczyk was a Division III Third Team All-American at WCSU where she is still the career assist leader with 606 assists. She ranks seventh on the Colonials’ all-time steals list with 199.
In addition, Rybczyk has coached the Adirondack Team in the Empire State Games Open Division (NY) during the summer of 1999 where she led her team to the bronze medal. She also coached in the Nutmeg State Games Open Division (Conn.) from 1991-1994 where her team earned three gold medals in four years. Rybczyk served, for two seasons, on the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll Committee from 2004-2006.
A native of Cromwell, Connecticut, Rybczyk was the first female inducted into the Cromwell Athletic Hall of Fame during the spring of 1992.