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Bates College appointed Alison Montgomery, assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and former assistant at Bowdoin College, to become the 12th head coach in the history of its varsity women's basketball program, effective July 1, 2015.
A Maine native and graduate of Bangor High School and Bowdoin College, Montgomery, formerly Alison Smith, graduated from Bowdoin in 2005 and has spent the past seven years as an assistant coach, the first three at Bowdoin under head coach Adrienne Shibles and the past four at the Naval Academy under Stefanie Pemper. This is her first head coaching position.
"If anyone asked me what job I was pursuing, this is definitely it," said Montgomery. "A NESCAC job in Maine has been kind of my ultimate goal. This process and the job offer has been surreal. I'm thrilled to be at a place like Bates."
After receiving her master's degree in social work from Boston College in 2007, Montgomery began her coaching career as an assistant for Shibles, a 1991 Bates graduate, at Bowdoin. There she helped lead the Polar Bears to a 70-18 record over three years, including NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances in both 2010 and 2011.
Montgomery then joined Pemper, her former head coach at Bowdoin, as an assistant with the Division I Mids, beginning with the 2011–12 campaign. In her four seasons at Annapolis, Montgomery helped the Mids to a cumulative 80-48 record, a Patriot League regular-season mark of 44-20, an 8-2 record in league tournament play and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 2014-15 academic year was Montgomery's first as Navy's recruiting coordinator. She was also responsible for scouting, game planning and team preparation for eight of Navy's opponents, including film breakdown and analysis, practice planning, game strategizing and generating scouting reports.
Montgomery earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowdoin in 2005, following a successful playing career. Montgomery was a four-year starter for the Polar Bears, helping them win the NESCAC Championship all four years and compile a 108-9 record, with four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2004. She was the team's captain as a senior, and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.
Montgomery is one of three players in Bangor High School girls' basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
This is Marquette's third season as an assistant coach for the Bates women's basketball program. She comes to Bates from Susquehanna University where she served as an assistant coach in 2015-2016.
At Susquehanna, Marquette was in charge of organizing their recruiting database, identifying academically qualified talented players that fit into their style of play, and making initial contacts to get prospects on campus.
Marquette also created opponent scouting reports and led film sessions. She assisted with game planning, especially in regards to the team's defensive strategy.
Marquette coached a 2016 First Team All Landmark selection and a 2016 Second Team All Landmark selection as well as the Landmark Conference's leader in 3 pointers made last season at Susquehanna.
After graduating from Oberlin College in 2015, Marquette coached at the Stanford University Women's Basketball Camp over the summer.
She was a two-year captain, a four-year starter, and a three-time first team All-Conference selection at Oberlin. The 2015 NCAC Player of the Year, Marquette is the college's career leader in scoring, rebounding, and free throw percentage.
This is Seltzer's third season as an assistant coach for the Bates women's basketball program. He also serves as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Bates Department of Athletics.
Originally from Ellsworth, Maine, Seltzer played college basketball at Saint Anselm in New Hampshire. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Business Administration. Seltzer has PES and CES certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Prior to his arrival at Bates in 2013, Seltzer served as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Southern Maine for three seasons and at Falmouth High School for two seasons.