Vulin Announces Staff Changes
RIVERDALE, NY – Manhattan College Head Women's Basketball Coach Heather Vulin has completed her staff for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Brooklyn Cartwright as Director of Basketball Operations. Vulin also announced that Callan Taylor has been promoted to an assistant coach after serving as the Director of Operations in 2016-17.
Cartwright comes to Manhattan after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University last season. She helped the Bears to a 17-12 record in 2016-17, their most victories since the 2013-14 campaign. A 2016 graduate of Georgia Southern, Cartwright was a student assistant for the Eagles, working with the coaching staff in practice and game preparation, as well as basketball operations, recruiting administration and game film.
“I couldn't be more thrilled to have been given an opportunity to continue my career at Manhattan College,” Cartwright said. “I'm humbled and blessed to have been given the chance to work with Coach Vulin and her staff, who have already welcomed me like family. The Manhattan community and administration are amazing, and I cannot wait to get in and get to work.”
“I'm excited to have Brooklyn Cartwright join our program,” Vulin added. “Her energy, passion, organization, creativity and positive personality are going to be bright spots in our program. I'm not only excited to work with her, but also to mentor her. She loves this game and is a big-picture person who I feel brings immediate value to our program.”
Taylor began her coaching career with the Jaspers last season after a successful playing career overseas. She returned to Portugal at the conclusion of Manhattan's 2016-17 campaign to help her former club, Benfica, during its stretch run.
“I'm very happy to remain a part of the Jasper family and be an assistant coach here at Manhattan,” Taylor said. “Coach Vulin has been an integral part of my basketball journey, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I think the world of this entire staff, department and institution, and I'm eager to continue to grow this program, to continue to grow as a coach, and to offer all that I can to Manhattan women's basketball. I love this team and cannot wait to get on the court and work with them this coming season.”
“Callan has done a wonderful job with our program,” Vulin said. “She is loyal, committed and talented. She's someone that our team really connects with and respects because of who she is and her accomplished professional playing experience. I also feel she will make an immediate impact in our international recruiting with her contacts. I'm excited to promote her to a full-time coaching position and believe she is a bright young star in our profession.
“Overall I'm extremely excited about my staff for the upcoming season, and I can't wait to start working with our 2017-18 team.”The Jaspers return nine letterwinners, including all five starters, from last year's team and will also welcome five newcomers in 2017-18. In addition, Alex Smith (Brooklyn, NY) will be eligible this season after sitting out the 2016-17 campaign under NCAA transfer rules.