Corey Boilard was named the seventh head women's basketball coach in Saint Anselm College history on June 8, 2017 and enters his third season on the Hilltop in 2019-20.
Boilard and the Hawks earned the team's first-ever NCAA Division II East Region Championship in 2018-19, securing the program's first trip to the Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio. The seventh-seeded Hawks upset three-straight teams in the East Regional, downing second-seed (and nationally ranked) Bentley in the first round before handing sixth-seeded Stonehill a loss in the semifinal round. Le Moyne, who was downed by a 63-61 margin, entered the championship game as the fourth seed and was receiving votes in the national poll.
The historic 2018-19 season finished with 22 wins for the Hawks, the most in one season since 1994-95. His team's victory over Bentley in the NCAA East Region First Round was the squad's first over a nationally-ranked opponent since Jan. 11, 2014, a 61-55 victory against the Panthers from Adelphi University at home. The Hawks had not won a contest against a ranked opponent away from Stoutenburgh Gymnasium since Mar. 10, 1995, a 79-74 overtime win against Bentley in the NCAA Tournament.
In his first season at Saint Anselm, Boilard's team made its third-straight appearance in the NE10 Championship and finished 17-12 overall for its third consecutive winning season. After finishing third in the Northeast Division with a 13-8 mark, the Hawks fell in the quarterfinals of the NE10 Championship to Le Moyne. Under Boilard's tutelage, Saint Anselm had two student-athletes earn All-NE10 honors, led by Shannon Ryan, who was the team's first First Team choice since 2015-16. Ryan also earned Second Team All-East Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association, the fourth such honor in program history.
Boilard came to Saint Anselm after building Johnson & Wales University into one of the top programs in the region over five seasons. A New Hampshire native, Boilard took over the Johnson & Wales program in 2012-13 and guided the Wildcats to an overall record of 84-52 over his five seasons, including a 43-17 mark in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). During his last three seasons, Boilard's teams went 62-22 (.738) overall and 31-7 (.816) in the GNAC and twice set program records for wins in a season. During his time at Johnson & Wales, the team made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2015-16, Boilard was named the GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 24-4 record, setting the program record for wins and earning an NCAA Tournament berth after winning the GNAC Tournament. The year before, Johnson & Wales earned its first-ever bid to the national tournament with a 19-10 overall record. Boilard’s teams also excelled in the classroom, posting a team GPA of at least 3.2 in each of his five seasons.
Prior to his time in Providence, Boilard spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), helping the Engineers reach the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals in both seasons. Among his previous stops before WPI, Boilard was an assistant coach at Plymouth State and the head coach at Bow High School.
In his playing days, Boilard was a two-year letter winner at Keene State College, where he was a member of the 1998 Little East Conference regular season championship team, as well as two teams that played in the ECAC Tournament. He graduated from Keene State with a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a specialization in health fitness and promotion.
Boilard and his wife, Cassandra, have a three-year-old daughter, Carleigh.
Boilard Year-By-Year at Saint Anselm
|Year||Record||NE10||NE10 Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|2018-19||22-10||13-8||NE10 Semifinals||East Region Champions
NCAA Division II Elite Eight