Head Coach Rebecca Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7267
Rebecca Upton is entering her eleventh season at the helm of the Bethany women's basketball program.
This past season the Bethany College women’s basketball team greatly improved from the 2013-14 season, capturing 12 total and 8 conference wins, the most in conference play since the 2011-12 season. This allowed the team to secure hosting rights for the first round of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
The previous season also witnessed Upton help freshman Kelsea Daugherty earn PAC Freshman Rookie of the Year honors. Daugherty also stepped into the National spotlight when she earned D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors after averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds during the week of February 3.
Daugherty finished the year ranked fifth in the PAC in scoring with 16.0 points per game, third in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game, and first in offensive rebounding with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. She also led the conference in double-doubles with 11.
As a team, the Bison saw significant growth under Upton from the previous season, scoring 68.3 points per game while holding opponents to 71.3, 6.2 points less than what was allowed during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps more impressive, the Bison increased their rebounding average by six rebounds per game, averaging 44 rebounds per night.
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 seven seasons. Before the 2011-12 season, 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 ten seasons, the Bison have collected 120 victories, making her the third-winningest coach in program history. Over her tenure, she has guided 24 players to All-PAC teams, including 2006 First-Team honoree Jenny Place. She also coached a PAC Rookie of the Year in 2015 (Daugherty).
Off the floor, BC players have 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 (6) as well as newborn son Matthew.
Assistant Coach Monique McLean
Office Phone: 304-829-7088
Monique McLean will enter her second 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.