Head Coach Monique LeBlanc
Monique LeBlanc enters her ninth season as Head Women’s Basketball Coach and her sixth year serving as Associate Athletic Director at Merrimack in 2019-20, and will direct Merrimack into its inaugural Division I season as members of the Northeast Conference this winter.
During her tenure, LeBlanc has amassed 109 victories, reaching the postseason on six occasions including five trips to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Merrimack made postseason trips in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Warriors' 2018-19 season featured the fourth 20-win season in school history and first in 14 years, the most succesful year of LeBlanc's tenure. LeBlanc's 100th career win came on the road against Adelphi (1/15), becoming the third head in school history with 100 wins. She sits third all-time at Merrimack in career victories, needing 12 more to become the all-time winningest coach in school history.
Merrimack posted a perfect non-conference ledger, and posted a six-game winning streak during the second half of the year, the longest for the program in 14 years. The Warriors boasted three all-conference selections in senior Lindsay Werner, junior Denia Davis-Stewart and freshman Kate Mager, while Davis-Stewart was crowned NE10 Defensive Player of the Year. Davis-Stewart also completed her breakout season with an all-region selection, the first for the program in 13 years.
The 2018-19 season was built off of one of LeBlanc's most impressive coaching jobs, as she utilized a starting lineup that featured two freshmen and a new starting point guard in 2017-18 to record 15 victories and a berth in the NE10 Championship after being selected outside the postseason field to begin the year. Merrimack boasted three all-conference selections - at the time, the most of LeBlanc's tenure - headlined by NE10 Rookie of the Year Alyssa Casey. The Warriors were one of the top defensive programs in the league, leading the conference in field-goal percentage defense. Merrimack employed the second best scoring defense in the NE10 (57.3 ppg), which was ranked 16th nationwide.
Multiple program records have fallen during LeBlanc's tenure. Most recently, Karlee Alves '19 set a new single-season assists record with 232 helpers in 2018-19, the first-ever 200-helper campaign for a Warrior. Alves bested the record set by another one of LeBlanc's former players, Tia Scott '16, who dished out 182 in 2015-16. Lindsay Werner '19 ended her career as one of the most prolific shooters to come through Merrimack. Werner owns the school records for career 3-pointers (190), 3-pointers made in a single season (70) and 3-point field goals in a single game (9). Werner broke the career 3-pointer record held by Chloe Rothman '15, who set the record in LeBlanc's third year of coaching. Both Werner and Rothman have reached 1,000 career points under LeBlanc.
Academically, LeBlanc has built a standout program. Accolades over the past six years include multiple NE10 Team Academic Awards (2013-14 & 2015-16) and multiple top-25 selections in the WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll, which ranks the top team GPAs among women's basketball programs nationwide, including a team-best No. 12 finish following the 2011-12 campaign. The Warriors have had seven NE10 Academic All-Conference selections since LeBlanc took over, including Alyssa Casey in 2019.
On Aug. 28, 2012, LeBlanc was promoted to Associate Athletic Director as announced by interim Director of Athletics Dean O'Keefe. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, LeBlanc directs the department by participating in strategic planning activities, helps set department policy, and represents Merrimack at conference meetings and other department programs.
LeBlanc spent three seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University. She overhauled the recruiting program, created complete scouting reports, and was responsible for the skill development of the team’s guards specifically. Also serving as the academic mentor, Northern Arizona had a team GPA of 3.4 in 2010, which ranked 13th among all Division I women’s basketball programs. Her 2010 recruiting class was ranked 53rd nationally by ESPN and was one of only six mid-major schools to make the ESPN top-60.
LeBlanc also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Bucknell where the Bison captured the Patriot League Championship in 2007 and 2008 and earned a NCAA Tournament berth in 2008.
She also graduated from Bucknell with a Double Major degree in Mathematics and Economics in 2002. As a player at Bucknell under head coach Kathy Fedorjaka, LeBlanc was a two-year captain, leading her team to its first-ever Patriot League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, while compiling back-to-back 20-win seasons. She received the Bison award, given to a player that displayed the best overall work ethic and commitment to the program and earned the team’s Defensive MVP honor.
LeBlanc earned her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership in 2005 from Northern Arizona, while also serving as a full-time assistant coach and the compliance coordinator.
LeBlanc resides in Pelham, N.H., with her wife Liz and their daughters Avery and Vivienne.
Assistant Coach Tyler Patch
Tyler Patch joined the women's basketball program as an assistant coach in 2018, and begins his first season on staff this winter.
Patch arrived at Merrimack via Brown University, where he was a member of the women’s basketball staff since the 2014-15 campaign. For the last two years, Patch served as the Bears’ top assistant and offensive coordinator. He spearheaded an attack that led the Ivy League in points per game last season, pouring in over 75 points per contest.
Utilizing a up-tempo style, Brown played at the 22nd fastest pace across Division I and set a school record for 3-pointers attempted in a single season. As a team, Brown posted a winning record for the third consecutive season, which marked the first such occurrence in over a decade.
Patch graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013 with a degree in physical education.
Assistant Coach Victoria Stewart
Arriving on campus in August of 2018, Victoria Stewart begins her first season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball program in 2018-19.
Prior to making her way to North Andover, Stewart served on the women's basketball staff at Amherst College, where she was a member of the two-time defending NCAA Division III National Champions. The Mammoths posted back-to-back 33-0 seasons in Stewart’s two years as an assistant coach, winning the national title in both campaigns. Stewart’s primary duties including film breakdown and working with Amherst’s guards. She also assisted in the program’s recruiting efforts.
Stewart earned her degree from UMass Amherst in 2016 in kinesiology with a minor in education. She is also currently working towards her graduate degree at Merrimack in elementary education.