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Emma Golen Joins Yale Staff

Emma Golen.
Emma Golen.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Emma Golen, who has had coaching stints at Michigan and UMass Lowell since graduating from Harvard five years ago, has joined the Yale women's basketball staff as an assistant coach. Allison Guth, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, announced the move Monday.

"I believe Emma is an incredible fit for our family here at Yale," said Guth. "She instantly is relatable for our players having walked in their shoes as an elite student-athlete who has competed at the highest level in the classroom and on the floor.  She represents all that is good and right about the Ivy League and is committed to our mission of developing our young women athletically, academically and socially.  We feel fortunate to welcome her to Bulldog Nation and know she will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff!"

Golen, a native of Novi, Mich., began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan while earning a master's degree in sports management from 2013 to 2015. The Wolverines won 20 games in both of those seasons, advancing to the third round of the WNIT in 2014 and the WNIT semifinals in 2015.

"I am incredibly honored and excited to join the women's basketball staff, as Yale provides a second to none opportunity both academically and athletically for our student athletes," said Golen. "I'm looking forward to working with our players both on and off the floor and helping Coach Guth as she continues to build a championship program."

Golen then spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons at UMass Lowell, serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She returned to Michigan last season as video coordinator, helping the Wolverines win 23 games -- including one in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Golen played forward for Harvard, earning the team's most improved player award in 2011-12 and serving as team captain in 2012-13. She was second on the team in three-pointers as a junior and senior, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc both seasons. The Crimson went 77-40 overall and 42-14 in the Ivy League during her career, playing in the WNIT three times and advancing to the second round twice.

A member of Harvard's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Golen earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2013. She is a graduate of Detroit Country Day School, where she was a Street & Smith's Sporting News honorable mention selection in 2008 and 2009.

With Golen joining the Bulldogs, along with the addition of Lashay Banks and Danielle Brown this past summer, Guth's 2018-19 staff is now complete. Yale, which set the school record for wins last season and won the WBI Championship, opens the season Nov. 6 vs. Colgate.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity