Christine Basile, Massachusetts – 2014
Christine is a 1977 graduate of UMass, Amherst where she majored in Physical Education and Health. She received her masters of education in 2002 from Cambridge College. She has spent over 35 years coaching, teaching, mentoring, and working as a clinician work for girls’ and women’s sports.
In 1982 Christine became a charter member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association. She continued her membership until 1999. She was on the UPI (United Press International) National Top Twenty Basketball Selection Committee from 1988-1995, the America East Basketball Committee 1990-1995, the Kodak All-American Selection Committee for Women’s Basketball 1988-1995, the Frances Poneroy-Naismith National Player of the Year Award Selection Committee and Chairperson 1987-1991, and the NCAA Advisory Committee for Basketball from 1986-1998.
Her first coaching opportunities came at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ, where she coached field hockey and varsity basketball from 1977-1980. From there, Christine moved to the University of New Hampshire where she became the Assistant Women’s Athletic Director until 1983. She was also the assistant women’s basketball coach at UNH.
From 1983 to 1999 she was the head women’s basketball coach at Boston University. At Boston University, she was the first basketball coach to win 100, 150, and 200 games, winning back-to-back Seaboard Conference Championships in 1987-1988 and 1988-1989, and becoming the Seaboard Conference Coach of the Year in 1987. “Throughout the 16 years I coached at Boston University every woman basketball player that attended BU for four years earned her baccalaureate degree.”
Christine was an AAU basketball coach and elite camp clinician for two years and for the past 2 years she has volunteered as a coach for the Attleboro (MA) High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball team.
Coach Basile was the keynote speaker at Faneuil Hall for the National Girls’ and Women in Sport Day in 1998. She has also been the keynote speaker at YES basketball clinics in 5 states between 1988 and 1999.