Chris Wielgus Guides Dartmouth Basketball to Their 17th Ivy League Title

Wielgus created one of the most consistent programs in the Ivies.

The following is an excerpt from a profile published by Dartmouth Athletics

With 12 Ivy League championships, one Patriot League title and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, Dartmouth College head women's basketball coach Christina "Chris" Wielgus established herself as one of the nation's elite coaches over 28 seasons at the helm of the Big Green.

Wielgus completed her 28th season (1976-84, 1993-2013) at Dartmouth with the program she built from the ground up, also coaching the first Big Green team that competed in the Ivy League in 1976. She is the winningest basketball coach in the illustrious history of Dartmouth College, amassing a record of 393-342. Including her two years as a head coach with Fordham, Wielgus sports a 430-363 overall record in 30 years as a head coach.

On March 10, 2009, Wielgus won her 400th career game in fitting fashion as Dartmouth topped Harvard, then one game back, to clinch its first outright Ivy Championship since 2000 in front of 1,700 fans at Leede Arena. During her tenure the Big Green boasted a staggering 227-122 record against Ivy opponents, as well as 12 conference titles and all seven of Dartmouth's forays into the NCAA tournament (1983, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009). In 1980-81, Wielgus led the Big Green to a 20-9 record, earning Dartmouth a spot in the EAIAW tournament.

Wielgus created one of the most consistent programs in the Ivies. The Big Green finished third or better in the conference standings in 19 of her last 25 years at the helm. She was responsible for 12 of Dartmouth's 17 Ivy League championships. She mentored five Ivy League Players of the Year — honored seven times — and eight Ivy League Rookies of the Year, including Brittney Smith '11, who won both awards back-to-back in her first two seasons. Wielgus' players put up staggering numbers for All-Ivy recognition as well, with 16 first-team players honored 28 times and 35 total All-Ivy players recognized 81 times.

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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Library. Pictured (left): Wielgus addressing the team. Pictured (right): The victorious 1994-1995 squad. 


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