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Adrienne Shibles

Adrienne Shibles, who is the winningest coach in Bowdoin women’s basketball history, will be the USA’s head coach for the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team that will compete in the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

She previously served as a court coach at the 2019 USA Women’s U16 National Team trials.

Consistently one of the top teams in Division III basketball, Bowdoin has reached unprecedented heights under Shibles. In her 12 seasons at the helm of the Polar Bears, Shibles owns a record of 281-65 (.805), including 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, two New England Small College Athletic Conference championships and consecutive Final Four appearances in 2018 and 2019.

Upon the conclusion of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shibles had led the Polar Bears to a 27-2 record, the NESCAC Championship and hosting rights for an NCAA Division III Sectional. The team did not compete in the 2020-21 campaign.

In 2018-19, the Polar Bears finished 31-2, were undefeated in conference (10-0) and were the NCAA DIII Tournament Championship runner-up. The 2018-19 season marked the second perfect regular season in school history and second final four appearance in a row for the Polar Bears. For her efforts, Shibles was named the 2019 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year and the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference, D3hoops.com Northeast Region and New England Women’s Basketball Association Coach of the Year.

The year prior, in 2017-18, Shibles led Bowdoin to its second-ever Final Four, finishing the season as national runners-up with a 29-3 record. Cumulatively, the Polar Bears have totaled a record of 87-7 (.925) over the last three years, including an impressive 12-2 mark in NCAA Tournament play.

Prior to Bowdoin, Shibles was the head coach at Swarthmore for nine seasons (1996-97 to 2004-05), where she posted a 138-96 (.590) record and was named WBCA District 4 Coach of the Year in 2001.

Shibles graduated from Bates College in 1991 with a degree in History and American studies. At Bates, she was a two-time captain of the women’s basketball team and scored 1,000 points.


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