Sarah Mathews | Head Coach
Sarah Mathews begins her second season as the College's head coach for the women's basketball program.
The Eagles went 13-13 in her first season, routing Roanoke in the opening round of the ODAC postseason. Junior Briana Moore was named a first team Academic All-American, and made the All-ODAC squad. During Mathews' first season, the Eagles improved in many statistical categories including points, assists, steals, turnovers, attendance per game, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.
Mathews comes to Bridgewater after three seasons as the head coach at Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y. This past season the Wolves finished the season with a 14-10 overall record. Keuka was 11-7 in conference play, good for a third-place finish in the North Eastern Athletic Conference North Division.
"We are excited to have Sarah as our head women's basketball coach," said Kendall. "Her positive energy, disciplined approach and high expectations are a great fit for the talented returners she will inherit. Her ability to connect with her players and recruits should pay dividends moving forward. As a recruiter, she has been a coach at all collegiate levels and has established many recruiting contacts throughout the east coast. We feel Sarah can continue the very successful legacy that both Jean Willi and her mentor, Laura Mapp, have established at Bridgewater College."
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to coach the women's basketball team at Bridgewater College. When I was there for my interview I thought the campus was just gorgeous and the Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful place," Mathews said. "I've heard so much about Bridgewater's strong academic reputation and it's a place where I believe you can win. Coach (Jean) Willi has certainly built a winning tradition and we will look to continue that tradition."
Fans and players can expect an up-tempo style of play. "It may not happen right away, but eventually we want to play at a quick pace. We will have a really positive culture in the program. If you come to a practice you will see a lot of high-fives and a lot of energy. We want to play fast, but we also want to still be taking quality shots and making good decisions," Mathews added.
The new coach will also expect the players to perform in the classroom. "While at Keuka we had a goal of a 3.0 team GPA and I will bring that goal to Bridgewater. I am very active in our study halls and in monitoring the players' academic progress. I want the players to be successful both on the court and in the classroom."
Mathews has worked at every college level during her coaching career.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Division III Keuka, Mathews worked as an assistant coach for three seasons at Division II Eckerd College where she was involved in all aspects of the program.
Mathews also spent a year at the Division I level as the director of basketball operations at Elon University. The Phoenix posted a 20-13 record, at the time a program record for wins in a season. Mathews was also a camp and clinic coordinator during her year at Elon.
Mathews began her coaching career in the junior college ranks as an assistant at Guilford Technical Community College during the 2010-11 season. The Titans finished with a 29-3 record and won the Region X championship.
During her playing career, Mathews was a standout at Mohawk Valley Community College where she was named a 2006 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) first-team All-American and a 2006 NJCAA Academic All-American.
After receiving her associates of science degree in general studies, Mathews transferred to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. While at UNC-G, she served as a student manager for the women's basketball team and assisted with daily operations of the program, including assisting with scouting reports and film analysis.
Sarah resides in Bridgewater with her husband Bryan.
Reggie Blackmon | Assistant Coach
Reggie Blackmon enters his first season as a member of the Bridgewater College women's basketball coaching staff.
For the past five seasons, Blackmon worked as an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiter at McDaniel College. While at McDaniel, Blackmon twice helped lead the Green Terror to an appearance in the conference championship game. He also helped lead McDaniel to one appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to joining the McDaniel staff, Blackmon coached 14 years in the high school ranks.
Blackmon comes from a family rich in basketball tradition. His cousin, Garfield Heard, played 11 seasons in the NBA and won an NBA title as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Blackmon's brother, Derek Smith, played at the University of Louisville where he won a national title in 1980. He was the Metro Conference Player of the Year in 1981, played nine years in the NBA and was an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. His nephew Demetrius Smith played college basketball for the University of Alabama for four years and is currently the head boys' basketball coach for Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga. Blackmon's cousin, Nolan Smith, won a national title while playing at Duke in 2010 and was ACC Player of the Year in 2011. Smith is currently an assistant coach at Duke.
Blackmon played basketball and graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He earned a master's in exercise science and physical education from McDaniel.