Assistant comes to the Academy from Yale University
Kelly Rotan begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Air Force women's basketball team. Rotan comes to the Academy from Yale University, where she served two years as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
Rotan arrived at Yale in August 2011, joining a Bulldog staff that was coming off its first-ever appearance in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Her duties included assisting in the development of the Bulldogs' post players, as well as all facets of game preparation.
During her time at Yale, Rotan coached two players who competed on the international level in Megan Vasquez, who was a part of Puerto Rico's attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and Janna Graf, who led Germany's U-20 squad to a second-place finish in the European Championships. Rotan's tenure also included Yale's 17th 1,000-point scorer in Vasquez, who reached the mark on Feb. 10, 2012.
Additionally, Rotan coached two All-Ivy League First Team honorees (Vasquez, 2011-12; Sarah Halejian, 2012-13), an All-Ivy League Rookie of the Year (Halejian, 2011-12) and three All-Ivy League Honorable Mention players (Michelle Cashen, 2011-12; Vasquez and Graf, 2012-13).
In her first season on Chris Gobrecht's staff, Rotan was instrumental in Yale's continued resurgence as a contender for the Ivy League championship, helping to guide the Bulldogs to a 16-10 record in 2011-12, the most wins in a season since 1993-94. Yale finished the season with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League play and went into the final game of the season with a chance to lock up second place in the Ivy League standings for a return to the WNIT.
A 2010 graduate of Juniata College in Pennsylvania, Rotan spent the 2010-11 academic year working at Penn State University as a marketing coordinator in the athletic department, where she helped organize events, promotions and fundraising efforts for the basketball teams and other Olympic sports.
A standout player at Juniata, Rotan led the Eagles to an NCAA Division III appearance (2008) and two consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament appearances (2009, 2010), including the 2009 ECAC South Region Championship, which was the first postseason championship of any kind in the history of women's basketball at Juniata. During that tournament, Rotan shot a stellar 13-for-16 from the field (81.3 percent) and averaged 9.3 points over the three games in the tournament.
A native of Atco, N.J., Rotan averaged 8.2 points and 7.1 rebounds during her senior season while serving as Juniata's team captain. Primarily a forward for the Eagles, Rotan scored 590 points and grabbed 465 rebounds during her career and helped Juniata earn three Landmark Conference postseason berths during her four seasons. She also earned a place on the Landmark Conference's All-Academic Team in 2010 and was a three-time Academic Honor Roll choice as a sports management major.