MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit announced that Bernadette Devaney will join the support staff as Director of Recruitment.
“We are very happy to have Bernadette join our team as Director of Recruitment,” said Plitzuweit. “She’s energetic, very organized and an extremely driven person. It’s going to be a lot of fun working together. Let’s go!”
Devaney comes to Morgantown after serving as an assistant coach at Lehigh for the previous three seasons. Previously, she was Director of Operations for the LU women’s basketball team for the 2018-19 season. In his four seasons at LU, the Mountain Hawks had a 69-38 overall record.
“I am thrilled to join the staff and to be able to work with such an incredible group of individuals,” Devaney said. “Everyone is very motivated, hardworking and loves to have a good time on and off the pitch. I’m honored and thrilled to step in as Director of Recruiting. Let’s Go Mountaineers!”
Primarily responsible for recruiting and working with perimeter players at Mountain Hawk, Bernadette coached two All-Patriot League players in 2021-22, with guard Mackenzie Kramer and forward Emma Grothaus being named second-team winners. Both players were also members of the Academic League All-Patriot team, with Kramer also being named Patriot League Athlete-Scholar of the Year.
With Devaney’s guidance during the 2020-21 season, Lehigh won the program’s fourth Patriot League championship and earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010, following a 64-54 win over Boston University. . Guards Frannie Hottinger and Mary Clougherty earned second-team All-Patriot League selections, while the two were also named to the Academic League All-Patriot teams. Freshman Mackenzie Kramer was a member of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team, the program’s first honoree since 2016.
During her playing career, Devaney played in 111 games over four seasons as a member of the Mountain Hawks from 2014 to 2018. She ranked second on the team shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range and 82, 4% from the free throw line. She scored a career-high 20 points twice, going 6 of 9 overall and 6 of 8 from 3 points against Mount St. Mary’s (11/29/17), and scored another 20 against Mount St. Mary’s . Loyola (2/21/18) with a 7 out of 10 shooting performance.
A native of Cooper City, Fla., Devaney earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in sociology from Lehigh in May 2018, before receiving her master’s degree in sociology from LU in May 2020.