LEWISBURG — Head coach Trevor Woodruff announced the first addition to his Bucknell women's basketball staff Friday, naming former Penn State standout Kelly Mazzante as an assistant coach. Mazzante, who was one of the best local players in history while playing at nearby Montoursville High School, comes back to the area after spending five seasons as an assistant on the staff at IUP.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Kelly join us here at Bucknell," Woodruff said. "Her experiences as both player and coach have prepared her well for this opportunity, and our student-athletes will benefit greatly from her addition to the coaching staff."
Mazzante helped guide IUP to its most illustrious stretch in program history during her five seasons as an assistant coach, all of which resulted in 20-plus wins and bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Her time with the Crimson Hawks was capped by back-to-back appearances in the Final Four, the first and second Final Four games in program history. In all, the team went 130-29 (.818) overall and 92-17 (.844) in the PSAC while winning three PSAC West Regular season championships, two PSAC Tournament titles, and two Atlantic Region crowns.
Prior to beginning her coaching career, Mazzante was a prolific player in high school, college, the WNBA, and internationally. She graduated from Penn State in 2004 as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with 2,919 points, a two-time Associated Press First Team All-American, and was the fourth player in Big Ten history to repeat as Player of the Year, earning the award as both a junior and senior. In addition to her career scoring record, she holds Penn State records for points in a season (872 in 2001-02), points in a game (49 vs. Minnesota in 2001), career field goals made (1,051) and career 3-point field goals made (357).