Head Coach Belle Koclanes Completes Coaching Staff
HANOVER, N.H. – Head women’s basketball coach Belle Koclanes has finalized her staff, announcing the additions of Maria Noucas and Addie Micir as assistant coaches and Michael Motta as director of operations.
“I am excited to announce the additions of Maria, Addie and Michael to our team,” said Koclanes. “As a whole, our staff has a strong work ethic, a national and global perspective of the game and a genuine love of teaching. Each person will bring a positive attitude and growth mindset to the Big Green as we work together to achieve excellence.”
Noucas comes to Dartmouth after spending four years at Navy while Micir has spent the last two years playing professionally in Europe.
“I am thrilled to welcome Maria home to New Hampshire after a successful four years at the US Naval Academy,” said Koclanes. “She has a great passion for education and the coaching profession. During our very first conversation I knew that Maria was a fit when she mentioned her Independent Study on Team Success: How Coaches Form and Implement Their Philosophies In Division I Basketball. She has a vast understanding of the game and a tremendous work ethic.”
A Portsmouth, N.H. native, Noucas has helped guide the Midshipwomen to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and three Patriot League titles – both program firsts – during her four-year stint in Annapolis. During her tenure, Navy compiled a record of 76-52 and 37-19 in Patriot League action.
A 2009 graduate of Bowdoin, Noucas was a four-year member of the basketball team, leading the Polar Bears to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and at least a share of three NESCAC conference titles. Noucas left her mark in the record books and is ranked among the school’s all-time leaders in multiple categories, including sixth in career three-point field goals made and seventh in career assists.
“With Stefanie Pemper (current Navy head coach and former Bowdoin head coach) as her mentor for the past eight years, Maria is extremely prepared to serve the Big Green in every capacity. As a Bowdoin alumna she understands the commitment to high academics and excellence on the basketball court.”
Noucas was an all-conference selection her senior year and also garnered academic all-conference honors. Additionally, she earned the Bowdoin Pride Award in 2008, the Bowdoin Alumnae Award in 2007 and 08 and was tabbed as the team's most improved player in 2007.
Noucas will serve as Dartmouth’s recruiting coordinator and will also be responsible for the skill development of Dartmouth’s guards and the scouting of opponents.
“It's amazing how the world works,” said Koclanes. “I first met Addie during her high school recruiting process six years ago and was immediately impressed with her maturity and character. I remember her telling me that she wanted to be a coach one day. She now has the opportunity to share her knowledge gained as a successful player on both the collegiate and professional levels.”
Micir begins her first collegiate coaching stint after spending the previous two season’s playing overseas in Europe. Her most recent team was ChallengeSportsBinnenland.Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she was a starter on the top team in the league. Micir was also an all-star with Residence Walferdange in Luxembourg, where she led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. During her stint, with both clubs, Micir also ran clinics and practices for the youth programs.
“Addie joins us in Hanover after an impressive playing career, being able to relate firsthand to our student-athletes. Her energy and motivation are contagious and I look forward to working together to create a championship culture, something that Addie knows all about.”
Micir is no stranger to the Ivy League and completed a four-year career at Princeton in 2011. The 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, Micir was a three-time All-Ivy League selection earning first-team honors in 2011 and second-team accolades in 2009 and 2010. A senior captain, Micir led her team to back-to-back Ivy League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Micir’s responsibilities include recruiting, scouting and post player development.
Motta rounds out the staff in the Director of Operations spot. Motta joins the Dartmouth women’s basketball team after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant with the Providence women’s basketball team.
“I am very grateful to have Michael Motta back by my side as our director of basketball operations,” said Koclanes. “He was my right hand as a student manager at Old Dominion from 2008-2011 and has spent the last two seasons working eagerly as a graduate assistant at Providence.”
At Providence, Motta oversaw the team managers/scout team, coordinated film exchange and editing, schedules for visiting team practices and the Friars' practice schedule on the road.
“Michael’s skill set is diverse and his determination to succeed at every task is admirable. He is one of the most loyal, caring and dependable people I know. His role here at Dartmouth is extensive as he will take care of all the details and logistics of our program, which includes team travel, film exchange and community outreach.”
Motta recently completed his master’s degree in counseling.