Head Coach Rebecca Upton
Office Phone: 304-829-7267
Rebecca Upton is entering her eleventh season at the helm of the Bethany women's basketball program.
This past season the Bethany College women’s basketball team greatly improved from the 2013-14 season, capturing 12 total and 8 conference wins, the most in conference play since the 2011-12 season. This allowed the team to secure hosting rights for the first round of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
The previous season also witnessed Upton help freshman Kelsea Daugherty earn PAC Freshman Rookie of the Year honors. Daugherty also stepped into the National spotlight when she earned D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors after averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds during the week of February 3.
Daugherty finished the year ranked fifth in the PAC in scoring with 16.0 points per game, third in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game, and first in offensive rebounding with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. She also led the conference in double-doubles with 11.
As a team, the Bison saw significant growth under Upton from the previous season, scoring 68.3 points per game while holding opponents to 71.3, 6.2 points less than what was allowed during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps more impressive, the Bison increased their rebounding average by six rebounds per game, averaging 44 rebounds per night.
The Bison enjoyed their best season under Upton in 2011-12. In addition to winning 17 games and reaching the PAC Tournament semifinals, Bethany earned a bid to the ECAC Tournament, the program's first postseason appearance since 2004. The Bison made it a memorable trip, as they won a last-second thriller in the quarterfinals at #4 Marywood to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Medaille.
Under Upton's guidance, the Bison have now posted a .500 record or better in four of the last seven seasons. Before the 2011-12 season, the Bison's previous top two years under Upton came in 2007-08 and 2008-09, when they won 15 games both seasons. In '07-'08, she guided Bethany to a 15-11 overall record, including a 10-4 mark and third place finish in the PAC regular season standings.
After starting out 4-9 the following winter, Bethany bounced back by taking 10 of their next 11 games, including a seven-game winning streak. Included in that was a 66-61 upset of 21st-ranked Washington & Jefferson. The Bison finished the year with a 15-12 overall record and 8-6 mark in the PAC, as well as a trip to the PAC Tournament semifinals.
Through Upton's first ten seasons, the Bison have collected 120 victories, making her the third-winningest coach in program history. Over her tenure, she has guided 24 players to All-PAC teams, including 2006 First-Team honoree Jenny Place. She also coached a PAC Rookie of the Year in 2015 (Daugherty).
Off the floor, BC players have been voted to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II teams three times (Jenny Place-2006, Lisa Mitchell-2008, Kaitlyn McCormick-2009) and two of them have been finalists for the V Foundation Comeback Award (Nicole Vlajkovich-2005, Kaitlyn McCormick-2007).
Upton came to Bethany from Shippensburg (Pa.) University, where she was an assistant for one season and helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 19-11 record during the 2003-04 season.
Prior to her time at Shippensburg, Upton coached at West Virginia Wesleyan, where she spent three years as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Lady Bobcats to a 46-38 overall record during her stint with the team, including a 36-18 mark in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). The squad went 19-10 during her final season with the team in 2002-03 and reached the semifinals of the WVIAC tournament. While at West Virginia Wesleyan, Upton earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Upton played four years of basketball at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., a current member of the PAC. She graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Public Relations in 2000. She was the team's Most Valuable Player her senior year and was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team in 1999 and 2000.
A native of Elkland, Pa., Upton helped Elkland High School win the PIAA Class A State Championship in 1996. The team also won four Northern Tier League titles and three District Four championships.
Upton and her husband, Andy, who is the head track and an assistant football coach for the Bison, reside in Wellsburg with their son Christopher (6) as well as newborn son Matthew.
Assistant Coach Alicia Kimmel
Office Phone: 304-829-7088
Assistant coach Alicia Kimmel begins her first season with the Bethany College women’s basketball team during the 2015-16 campaign. Kimmel will serve as the head assistant coach under Rebecca Upton.
Kimmel comes to Bethany after an illustrious playing career at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where she was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. A three-time All-AMCC honoree, Kimmel played in 103 career games (77 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Kimmel helped lead the Panthers to a 17-8 record, including a 14-4 mark in conference play in 2014-15 as she was named the conference’s Player of the Year, becoming just the third player in school history to do so. Kimmel posted 15.8 points per game during her senior season while also averaging 6.9 rebounds per contest. Along with the Player of the Year award, Kimmel was also honored with a D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Second-Team selection, as well as an All-American honorable mention selection by Women's DIII News.
Prior to her senior campaign, the four-year player also earned AMCC All-Conference honors during her sophomore and junior seasons, becoming just the second player in school history to earn all-conference honors three times. Her top scoring season came in 2012-13, when she averaged 16.5 points per game, and set the school record for free-throw percentage in a season (86.5).
Kimmel completed her four-year career ranked fourth on the all-time career points list (1,385) and second in career field goals made (545). She graduated from Bradford in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Medicine.
A native of Pine Grove, Pa., Kimmel will be enrolled in the Bethany Master of Art in Teaching program while serving as assistant coach.