Kelly Mazzante is set to begin her first season as an assistant coach at Bucknell. The former Penn State standout was one of the best local players in history while playing at nearby Montoursville High School and comes back to the area after spending five seasons as an assistant on the staff at IUP.
Mazzante helped guide IUP to its most illustrious stretch in program history during her five seasons as an assistant coach, all of which resulted in 20-plus wins and bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Her time with the Crimson Hawks was capped by back-to-back appearances in the Final Four, the first and second Final Four games in program history. In all, the team went 130-29 (.818) overall and 92-17 (.844) in the PSAC while winning three PSAC West Regular season championships, two PSAC Tournament titles, and two Atlantic Region crowns.
Prior to beginning her coaching career, Mazzante was a prolific player in high school, college, the WNBA, and internationally. She graduated from Penn State in 2004 as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with 2,919 points, a two-time Associated Press First Team All-American, and was the fourth player in Big Ten history to repeat as Player of the Year, earning the award as both a junior and senior. In addition to her career scoring record, she holds Penn State records for points in a season (872 in 2001-02), points in a game (49 vs. Minnesota in 2001), career field goals made (1,051) and career 3-point field goals made (357).
During her senior campaign, Mazzante led the Nittany Lions to their second consecutive Big Ten championship and a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, with an eventual trip to the Elite Eight. Shortly after that she was drafted by the Charlotte Sting in the second round of the 2004 WNBA draft. She went on to play seven seasons overall and won two league titles with the Phoenix Mercury in 2007 and 2009. Additionally, she played professionally for teams in Slovakia, Russia, Hungary and Italy
Few players in Pennsylvania high school girls basketball history have been able to match the numbers put up by Mazzante during her time at Montoursville. The Williamsport, Pa., native scored 3,217 points as a four-year starter, which ranked third in state history when she graduated. She led the Warriors to state championship appearances as both a junior and senior, winning the Eastern Pennsylvania regional titles both seasons.
Mazzante earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations/communications in 2004. She was a three-time Academic All-America selection, including Academic All-American of the Year as a senior.