LaSashia Connelly returns for her second season as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach after helping lead the Mariners to a 20-8 record and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Final appearance in her first season. Connelly also serves as the SAAC Advisor at Maine Maritime Academy.
Connelly came to Maine Maritime after serving as a Assistant Coach for one season at Lenoir-Rhyne University under Head Coach Katie Pate. Connelly helped the Bears to a 17-12 record in 2016-17, their most victories since the 2013-14 campaign, and boasted the nation’s eighth-best scoring defense (55.4). While at LR, Connelly also became the advisor of the Student-Athlete Academic Committee where she loved to give back to the student-athlete experience. For the Bears, Connelly worked with the coaching staff in practice and game preparation, as well as basketball operations, recruiting administration and game film.
A 2014 graduate of Salem College, Connelly was a four year student-athlete under the coaching staff of Anita Howard. As a student-athlete at Salem, Connelly and was part of the women's basketball team that made two Great South Athletic Conference Championship appearances and won the 2013-2014 GSAC Regular Season and Championship titles. Following the most victorious season in Salem College women's basketball history (21-5), the Spirits advanced to the NCAA Tournament that year and fell to the No. 1 seed in the country, Thomas More College, in the first round.