DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head women's basketball coach Sue Johnson has announced the hiring of Jen MacAulay (Ottawa, Ontario) as the program's graduate assistant coach, beginning July 1.

MacAulay will be responsible for the team's film exchange and will assist with scheduling, recruiting, team travel, and academic support. She fills the position held last year by Helen Ridley, who was promoted earlier this month to a full-time assistant coaching position on Johnson's staff.

Since September 2003, MacAulay has filled several positions at Carleton University in Ottawa, serving at times as assistant women's basketball coach, intramural head supervisor, and sports camp coordinator. Most recently she served as assistant sports information director since January 2004 and intramural and competitive club team coordinator since August 2005.

MacAulay is very familiar with the America East Conference, having played for the University of Vermont. She was named a co-captain on the 2000-01 squad and helped the Catamounts reach the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and advance to the quarterfinals of the WNIT in 2002.

While at Vermont, MacAulay was named to the Dean's List every semester and earned a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll. Earning her degree in business administration with a human resource concentration in May 2002, MacAulay was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma society and worked in the UVM athletic communications department.

"I am excited to have Jen join our staff," Johnson said. "She understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete in the America East and will clearly help our players and program excel."

Over the past few years, MacAulay has directed the summer basketball program at the Tyler Hill Camp in Tyler Hill, Penn., served as volunteer head basketball coach for the Ottawa Guards Basketball Organization, volunteered as an assistant coach at Colonel By High School in Ottawa, and assisted at Basketball Ontario's Elite Development Program Selection Camps.

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball program, a member of the America East Conference, is coming off its second consecutive winning season at 15-13. Ten letterwinners are expected to return for the 2006-07 season, joined by six newcomers to the Wildcat squad.

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