Head Coach Rebecca Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7267
Rebecca Upton is in her tenth season at the helm of the Bethany women's basketball program.
The Bison enjoyed their best season under Upton in 2011-12. In addition to winning 17 games and reaching the PAC Tournament semifinals, Bethany earned a bid to the ECAC Tournament, the program's first postseason appearance since 2004. The Bison made it a memorable trip, as they won a last-second thriller in the quarterfinals at #4 Marywood to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Medaille.
Under Upton's guidance, the Bison have now posted a .500 record or better in four of the last five seasons. Bethany registered a 13-13 finish in 2011, which was a six-game improvement for the program from the previous year. The Bison's previous top two years under Upton came in 2007-08 and 2008-09, when they won 15 games both seasons. In '07-'08, she guided Bethany to a 15-11 overall record, including a 10-4 mark and third place finish in the PAC regular season standings.
After starting out 4-9 the following winter, Bethany bounced back by taking 10 of their next 11 games, including a seven-game winning streak. Included in that was a 66-61 upset of 21st-ranked Washington & Jefferson. The Bison finished the year with a 15-12 overall record and 8-6 mark in the PAC, as well as a trip to the PAC Tournament semifinals.
Through Upton's first nine seasons, the Bison have collected 101 victories, making her the third-winningest coach in program history. Off the floor, BC players have received all-conference recognition 23 times, been voted to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II teams three times (Jenny Place-2006, Lisa Mitchell-2008, Kaitlyn McCormick-2009) and two of them have been finalists for the V Foundation Comeback Award (Nicole Vlajkovich-2005, Kaitlyn McCormick-2007).
Upton came to Bethany from Shippensburg (Pa.) University, where she was an assistant for one season and helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 19-11 record during the 2003-04 season.
Prior to her time at Shippensburg, Upton coached at West Virginia Wesleyan, where she spent three years as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Lady Bobcats to a 46-38 overall record during her stint with the team, including a 36-18 mark in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). The squad went 19-10 during her final season with the team in 2002-03 and reached the semifinals of the WVIAC tournament. While at West Virginia Wesleyan, Upton earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Upton played four years of basketball at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., a current member of the PAC. She graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Public Relations in 2000. She was the team's Most Valuable Player her senior year and was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team in 1999 and 2000.
A native of Elkland, Pa., Upton helped Elkland High School win the PIAA Class A State Championship in 1996. The team also won four Northern Tier League titles and three District Four championships.
Upton and her husband, Andy, who is the head track and an assistant football coach for the Bison, reside in Wellsburg with their son Christopher (4).
Assistant Coach Monique McLean
Office Phone: 304-829-7088
Monique McLean joins the Bison for her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team
McLean comes to Bethany after playing professional basketball in Puerto Rico for three seasons. She was a member of Juncos Valencianas, which was her second stint with the team, as she also played for Juncos Valencianas in 2010.
Before playing professional basketball in Puerto Rico, McLean was an intern at the George Washington University Counseling Center in Washington, D.C. She was in charge of scheduling appointments for all employees and learned to adequately use the database Titanium and manage the Protocol System.
Prior to interning at George Washington University, McLean played professional basketball in Greece for Olympiakos.
McLean graduated from St. John’s University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team where she was named Second Team All-Big East in 2008 and 2009 and named Honorable Mention All-Big East in 2006. McLean played a key role in team reaching the 2005 NCAA women’s basketball Tournament.
Before attending St. John’s, she was named Virginia State High School League Player of the Year in 2005 and was also a McDonald’s High School All-American Nominee.
A native of Newport News, Virginia, McLean will be enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program while at Bethany.