2 join PC women's hoops staff
Steelman Adds Anderson and Buckland to Staff
Presbyterian College women’s basketball and head coach Todd Steelman announced recently the addition of Courtney Anderson and Megan Buckland to the staff as assistant coaches.
Anderson, a native of Greene, Maine, joins PC after a year-long stint as the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at the University of New Hampshire.
A four-year letter-winner at the University of Maine, Anderson graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education. She logged 114 games during her collegiate career, leading the Black Bears to a WNIT berth in 2015 with a 23-9 overall record and 14-2 in America East play as the lone senior. Starting in 60 games as a Black Bear, she was a career 76.2 percent free throw shooter and shot 30.0 percent from beyond the arc. In her sophomore season, the guard played in 27 games and started in 23, averaging a career-high 7.1 points on the year.
“I am thrilled to have Courtney on board as we start the journey here at PC,” said Coach Steelman. “Having coached her at the University of Maine, I've seen firsthand how she exemplifies the characteristics and values we want in our program. She is extremely passionate about the game, has a tremendous work ethic, and will bring great energy as we look to reach our goals.”
In 2015, Anderson was one of 58 chosen to participate in "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, a workshop held in conjunction with the Final Four that was located in Tampa, Fla.
Anderson was a four-time honoree on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll. Tabbed as a Maine Scholar-Athlete rising star in her freshman year, she also earned bronze and silver medals as a Maine Scholar Athlete her sophomore and junior years. Anderson was one of 13 new members to be inducted into the All-Maine Women’s Honor Society, which identifies outstanding women of the rising senior class who exhibit leadership, scholarship and service to the University and campus community.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work for Coach Steelman here at Presbyterian College,” said Anderson. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious and I know from first hand that this creates an exciting environment to play in. I can't wait to get to work with Coach Steelman and Coach Buckland to continue the success that our athletes have already started here at PC.”
From High Point, N.C., Buckland comes to PC after serving as the video coordinator for the North Carolina women’s basketball program for a season.
Buckland was a four-year member of the North Carolina Tar Heel women’s basketball team, before graduating in May 2015.
“I'm excited to have a rising star in Megan join our staff,” said Coach Steelman. “I've had the opportunity to recruit her and follow her career, and there's no doubt she is a great fit for our program. Her experiences at the University of North Carolina have prepared her for this opportunity, and she is ready to hit the ground running here at PC.”
Buckland’s career was limited by several injuries that decreased her playing time going back to her freshman season of 2011-12. When healthy, she was a reliable three-pointer shooter that converted nearly 33 percent of her career attempts.
As a redshirt freshman during the 2012-13 season, Buckland averaged 5.7 points as the primary scoring option off the bench, playing in 35 games. She led the team and ranked 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference that year after shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc. She posted a career-high 19 points in a win over Georgia Tech and scored a team-high 17 points against Delaware in the NCAA Tournament.
While in high school at Bishop McGuinnes she was part of three state championships.
“I am thrilled to be at Presbyterian College as an assistant coach,” said Buckland. “I especially want to thank Coach Steelman and the PC administration for this opportunity. I am eager to work with him, Coach Anderson and the tremendous student-athletes here. In addition, I am humbled to be able to recruit and develop student-athletes here at PC and I'm excited to get started here!”