Tufts University head women’s basketball coach Carla Berube completed her second head coaching and third overall assignment with USA Basketball at the helm of the 2018 USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team.
At the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, Berube led the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal from July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus. In recognition of her leadership, Berube was named as a co-recipient of the 2018 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year on Dec. 4, an honor she shared with USA U17 men's head coach Don Showalter.
Berube and Showalter also shared the 2017 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year honor.
As head coach of the 2017 USA Women’s U16 National Team, Berube led the USA to a perfect, 5-0 record and gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That first-place finish qualified the USA for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
She also served as a court coach at the 2016 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials, and as an athlete, she was a member of the bronze medalist 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team.
Berube, who was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, has spent 16 years (2002-03 to present) as head coach at Tufts, where she owns a 356-93 record and a .793 winning percentage.
In 2017-18, Berube led the Jumbos to a 26-5 record, the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament championship game and the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.
“It's an amazing honor to be named the head coach of the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team,” Berube said when she was announced as the 2018 USA U17 head coach. “I had an outstanding experience coaching the U16 team last year, and I look forward to representing USA Basketball again this summer. Coaching the best and the brightest girls basketball players in the country is an incredible privilege. I can't wait to get started.
“I’m thrilled to be working alongside both Steve and Vanessa again,” she added. “They both have a great passion for the game and are fervent leaders and inspiring teachers. I'm excited to build on the great chemistry we formed last summer as we lead this U17 team to success in the World Cup.”
Through the 2016-17 season, her outstanding .789 winning percentage ranked 10th among Division III active coaches, 11th among all-time Division III coaches and 21st among active coaches in any division of the NCAA.
In 2016-17, she led Tufts to the NCAA Division III championship contest and an impressive 30-3 record, which tied for the most wins in program history.
The Jumbos advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four in four consecutive seasons from 2014-17, including reaching the national title game in 2016 and 2017, and under Berube the team has earned 10 NCAA Division III tournament berths.
She was named as the WBCA's NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year for the three consecutive seasons (2013-15) and repeated as D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. She also was selected as the WBCA’s New England Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season, giving her four of those honors overall.
Berube has guided Tufts to two conference regular season titles and eight league championship games. The team earned three straight perfect 10-0 seasons (2013-14 to 2015-16) in NESCAC play and entered 2016-17 with a 31-game conference winning streak. She is a five-time NESCAC Coach of the Year.
In 2015-16, she led Tufts to a 28-4 record, and the Jumbos advanced all the way to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship game.
In 2014-15, Berube guided her team to a 30-3 overall record and 10-0 conference mark, as well as a New England Small College Athletic Conference title, wins in the NCAA Regional and NCAA Sectional rounds and a berth into the NCAA Division III Final Four.
A 1997 graduate from the University of Connecticut, Berube played from 1993-94 to 1996-97, totaling 1,381 points and helping the Huskies to a 130-8 (.942) record during her career.
She was a member of the 1995 NCAA Division I national championship team and was named to the 1994 NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team.One of three captains on the 1996-97 squad, she earned all-conference second team honors in that year, after having listed on the conference all-freshman team in 1993-94. She still lists 12th for most points in a season by a freshman (372).
She played professionally for two seasons in the American Basketball League for the New England Blizzard before getting into coaching as an assistant at Providence College.
Carla and her wife, Meghan, reside in Medford, Massachusetts, with their son, Parker, and daughter, Brogan.