Kimberley Rybczyk was named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at her alma mater Western Connecticut State University in April of 2002. She will be entering her 16th season with the Colonials. Since 2008, Rybczyk has garnered Little East Conference Coach of the Year five times.
During the 2016-17 campaign, the Colonials posted a 15-12 overall record. They finished the regular season ranked fourth in the LEC and reached the semi-finals of the conference tournament. During the spring, the team learned that it was ranked ninth in the WBCA Top-25 Academic Honor Roll.
In 2013-14, Rybczyk captured coveted wins. Her 300th collegiate coaching win came at Keene State College, 53-39 on January 14. Her 200th win at Western came against UMass Dartmouth in the last home game, the LEC Quarterfinals, 64-57.
Perhaps Coach Rybczyk’s greatest accomplishment as the mentor of the proud Colonial program centers on academics. The WCSU women’s basketball team has a 100% graduation rate for those student-athletes who have played four years. The WCSU women’s basketball team earned the 9th spot in the national WBCA Academic Honor Roll during the 2016-2017 season with a cumulative team GPA of 3.593.
This marks the fourth time that one of Coach Rybczyk’s teams has been named to the WBCA Top 25 Academic Honor Roll. While at Rensselaer, Rybczyk’s squad achieved this honor twice. Her Southwestern University team, earned the honor once.
During her stint at Rensselaer (NY), her squad posted a 23-5 record, won the UCAA championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during the 2000-01 season. She was named UCAA Coach of the Year twice, WBCA Division III, District 2 Coach of the Year once, BCANY Coach of the Year once, and New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year once.
Rybczyk, a 1988 graduate and a four-year women’s basketball letter-winner, returned to the Danbury, Connecticut area having spent the previous 14 years as assistant coach at several Division I and Division II schools in New England as well as heading up the programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six seasons and Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX for one. In 1988, Rybczyk was a Division III Third Team All-American at WCSU where she is still the career assist leader with 606 assists. She ranks seventh on the Colonials’ all-time steals list with 199.
In addition, Rybczyk has coached the Adirondack Team in the Empire State Games Open Division (NY) during the summer of 1999 where she led her team to the bronze medal. She also coached in the Nutmeg State Games Open Division (Conn.) from 1991-1994 where her team earned three gold medals in four years.
Rybczyk served, for two seasons, on the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll Committee from 2004-2006.
A native of Cromwell, Connecticut, Rybczyk was the first female inducted into the Cromwell Athletic Hall of Fame during the spring of 1992.