Mount St. Mary’s
Women’s Basketball Coach • 1981-98
Building a successful program that is earmarked for success over the long haul is challenging for any coach at any level of play. That’s what made the late Bill Sheahan’s 17-year run at the helm of the Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball program all the more remarkable.
The Mount’s all-time winningest coach, Sheahan posted a career record of 372-104 and his teams were an astounding 124-30 in NEC play. He retired in 1998 as the NEC’s all-time leader in conference wins and his .805 winning percentage against league opposition remains the best mark in NEC history among those who have coached 100+ conference games. Sheahan’s career .782 winning percentage ranks him 25th on the NCAA’s all-time list.
A four-time NEC Coach of the Year, Sheahan led Mount St. Mary’s to seven consecutive NEC regular season titles from 1989-96 and three straight NEC Tournament championships from 1993-95. He took the Mount to the NCAA Tournament in both 1994 and 1995, which marked the first two NCAA appearances for the conference in women’s basketball.
In 1993-94, the Mountaineers posted the first perfect regular season in NEC history, finishing the year 18-0.
In total, Sheahan coached six NEC Player of the Year award winners, two NEC Rookie of the Year honorees, 17 All-NEC selections, 14 NEC All-Tournament team picks and four NEC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients.
Prior to the Mount’s arrival in the NEC, Sheahan was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in both 1983-84 and 1985-86.
“Mount St. Mary’s is very proud that Coach Bill Sheahan has been selected as a member of the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame,” said Lynne Robinson, Mount St. Mary’s Director of Athletics. “For 17 years Coach Sheahan led the Mount’s women’s basketball program to unprecedented heights. Upon moving to Division I, the Mount women’s basketball program made an immediate impact in the Northeast Conference, winning seven consecutive regular season titles. Beyond the victories, championships, numerous team and individual awards for both basketball and academics, Coach Sheahan is remembered for much more. He was a true gentleman of the game, embracing the values of sportsmanship, faith, and family, as well as being a mentor to so many young women throughout the years. We congratulate the Sheahan family on this much deserved honor for Bill.”
“Coach Sheahan was a brilliant coach who had the amazing ability to bring out the best in everyone,” said fellow NEC Hall of Fame inductee Susie Rowlyk. “He helped us reach beyond ourselves. He created a winning environment based not only on the fundamentals of basketball, but also on the values of Mount St. Mary’s. He was driven by his faith in God and his love for his family, including our Mount basketball family. I am very blessed and fortunate to have played for him.”