Hartzell returns to University of the Sciences for her sixth season as head women’s basketball coach after leading the Devils to their most successful season in program history in 2017-18.
A season after winning its first CACC Championship since 2006 and winning its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, USciences captured its second consecutive CACC Championship, advancing to its first-ever NCAA East Region Final and Sweet 16 after winning two NCAA Tournament games.
The Devils set program records for wins (30), regular season victories (25), win-streak (18), CACC victories for a 19-game schedule (17), national ranking (No. 11) and regional ranking (No. 2).
Hartzell won her second career CACC Coach of the Year award, one season after being named the 2017 Philadelphia Coaches Conference Collegiate Coach of the Year, to become just the second coach in league history to win the award twice.
University of the Sciences has qualified for the CACC Tournament in each of her first five years, winning the CACC South in three of the last four seasons. Five student-athletes have earned a total of nine All-CACC honors in her tenure, with one winning CACC Player of the Year and another winning CACC Rookie of the Year.
The Devils have finished top-10 in the NCAA in scoring defense, 3-pointers and free throw percentage in each of the last two years, including finishing first in scoring defense in 2016-17, giving up just 53.5 points per game.
Off the court, University of the Sciences has earned a spot in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 in each of the last four years, notably recording the highest team GPA amongst the 14 schools from the CACC in all four.
Hartzell’s first CACC Coach of the Year award came in her second season in 2014-15, after she led USciences to its first-ever CACC Southern Division title. She guided the Devils to a 20-8 mark, which included a win over fifth-ranked University of Tampa. That win started a then-school record 16-game winning streak, which led to a ranking in the weekly D2SIDA Regional Poll.
That came after guiding University of the Sciences to an 18-9 record and a berth in the CACC Tournament in her first year, the best record in program history by a first-year head coach.
Hartzell became the sixth head coach in program history prior to the 2013-14 season after serving as the head varsity girl’s basketball coach at Archbishop Ryan High School for five seasons, where she compiled a 78-49 record from 2008-2013. In her final season at Ryan, she guided her team to the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) semifinals.
Archbishop Ryan had its most successful season under Hartzell in 2009-10 when it was crowned the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District 12 AAAA Champion and reached the PIAA State Finals. The team also qualified for the PIAA state playoffs in 2008-09, her first year as head coach, and she would go on to be named the Northeast Times Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Hartzell was named the Athletes Helping Athletes Person of the Year for going above and beyond in her leadership, dedication, and support for the special needs community.
She has continued her involvement with Athletes Helping Athletes while at USciences and has also had her team involved with organizations such as Autism Speaks, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Play 4Kay Initiative.
A four-year letter winner at Delaware Valley College from 2001-05, Hartzell earned Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team honors three times, and she was named to the Lehigh Valley Small Schools All-Academic Team as a senior.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College in 2005, and her Master of Business Administration from La Salle University in 2013.
|2013-14||18||9||13||6||3rd South||CACC Quarterfinal|
|2014-15||20||8||15||4||1st South||CACC Semifinal|
|2015-16||11||18||11||8||3rd South||CACC Quarterfinal|
NCAA Tournament East Region Final (Sweet 16)