Clare Fitzpatrick enters her third season as an Air Force assistant women's basketball coach for the 2017-18 season. Fitzpatrick comes to the academy after two seasons as an assistant coach for the Yale women's basketball program.
Fitzpatrick works primarily with the post players. In 2016-17, freshman forward Kassady Huffman was on pace to break the school record for blocked shots, but an injury suffered midway through the season, left her five blocks shy of the school record. She still managed to block 38 shots in 19 games. Huffman did set an Air Force Div. I era record with six blocks in a game.
Fitzpatrick, a 2013 graduate of Cornell University, joined the Yale University women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2013-14 season. She completed her second season with the team after the 2014-15 season, when the Bulldogs went 13-15 (7-7 Ivy).
This is the second coaching position for Fitzpatrick, who began her pursuit of a coaching career when she took part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program during the WBCA's national convention at the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans in April.
The Southbury, Conn., native left Cornell with her name inscribed all over the school's record books. A three-time All-Ivy selection, she was named to the Ivy League All-Rookie team in 2010 and followed that with back-to-back Ivy League honorable mention selections in 2011 and 2012. As a senior, she was also named to the College Sports Madness All-Ivy First Team.
Fitzpatrick started a school-record 109 games during her career and finished ranked seventh overall in points (1,201), sixth in rebounding (609), fourth in free throws made (328), and fifth in blocked shots (68). One of the Big Red's leading scorers and rebounders in each of her four seasons, she is just the second player in Cornell history, and first under head coach Dayna Smith, to reach 1,200 career points and 600 career rebounds.
Fitzpatrick lettered four times at the Canterbury School. She set the school scoring record with 1,521 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau as a junior in just her 55th game. Fitzpatrick also set the individual game scoring record at Canterbury with a 43-point performance during the 2007-08 season. A three-time captain, she was named her team's MVP all four seasons. Fitzpatrick led her team to the Class C New England Prep School Championship in 2009 and was named MVP of the championship game. She also earned NEPSAC All-Star team honors in her final three seasons. Fitzpatrick also lettered four times in field hockey and twice in softball.