BUFFALO, NY – A veteran of over 26 years of NCAA Division I women's basketball coaching, Pat Charity has joined the University at Buffalo women's basketball staff.
At UB, Charity will help the Bulls in areas that include scouting, recruiting and the day-to-day operations of the team.
During her career in women's basketball, Charity has worked as an assistant coach, associate head coach and head coach at several Division I programs in such conferences as the SEC, Pac 10, WAC, Big West, Mountain West and the MAC. Charity also has worked with the WNBA and has helped her teams reach three NCAA Tournaments.
"I am ecstatic that Pat was available and accepted the opportunity to join our coaching staff," said head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. "We are fortunate that someone with her experience and enthusiasm for the game will be around to help lead our young women forward."
Charity arrived at Buffalo following one season at Cal State-Northridge where she worked following a five-year stint at the University of Hawai'i. With the Rainbow Wahine, she prepared and executed game strategies, prepared scouting reports and served as an interim head coach on two occasions.
Prior to her work at Hawai'i, Charity's career included stops at Long Beach State (2002-03), UNLV (2001-02, NCAA Tournament appearance), Alabama (1997-2000, Two NCAA Tournament appearances) and Arizona (1987-90). She also worked in two separate stints with her alma mater and fellow MAC member, Western Michigan. From 1982-1987, she worked as an assistant coach with Broncos, and from 1990-97 was the head coach in Kalamazoo.
"I am excited to work with Coach Hill-MacDonald and the rest of staff here at Buffalo," said Charity. "I am very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to being back in the Mid-American Conference."
A standout player at Western Michigan, Charity was an honorable mention All-American in 1978 and '80 and also a member of the U.S. silver medal-winning team at the 1977 World Games. She also played in the initial Women's All- American Classic in Philadelphia in 1977 and was one of 15 candidates for the Wade Trophy, honoring the nation's top collegiate player. Charity is the only player in school history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. In 1993, Charity was inducted into WMU's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charity graduated with a B.S. in education with a minor in recreation and coaching from Western Michigan in 1981 and received her M.S. in administration in 1990 from Western Michigan.