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Coaching Staff


Yale Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Emma Golen

Assistant Coach

Emma Golen joined the Yale women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in September of 2018. A native of Novi, Mich., Golen began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan while earning a master’s degree in sports management from 2013 to 2015. The Wolverines won 20 games in both of those seasons, advancing to the third round of the WNIT in 2014 and the WNIT semifinals in 2015.

Golen then spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons at UMass Lowell, serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She returned to Michigan last season as video coordinator, helping the Wolverines win 23 games -- including one in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Golen played forward for Harvard, earning the team’s most improved player award in 2011-12 and serving as team captain in 2012-13. She was second on the team in three-pointers as a junior and senior, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc both seasons. The Crimson went 77-40 overall and 42-14 in the Ivy League during her career, playing in the WNIT three times and advancing to the second round twice.

A member of Harvard’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Golen earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2013. She is a graduate of Detroit Country Day School, where she was a Street & Smith’s Sporting News honorable mention selection in 2008 and 2009.

Yale Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Danielle Brown

Assistant Coach

Danielle Brown, who made three NCAA Elite Eight appearances as a player at Kean and has spent the last eight years coaching, joined the Yale women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2018. She spent the previous season on the Rutgers-Newark staff, where she helped the Scarlet Raiders finished first in offensive rebounding, third in scoring defense and fifth in steals in NJAC play. She also helped develop an All-NJAC selection who ranked second in the league in steals (13th nationally), fifth in scoring and fifth in assists.

Brown was the head coach at Rahway High School in New Jersey from 2011-17, leading her team to the quarterfinals of the county tournament and the semifinals of the state tournament sectional -- the team’s deepest postseason run since 2001. Under her leadership the team made six straight state tournament appearances, and won a conference title in 2015-16. Brown also established fundraisers and a community service project each season and coordinated a clinic for local youths.

Brown played forward at Kean, where she helped the Cougars to four NCAA DIII Tournament appearances (advancing to the Elite Eight three times) and three NJAC titles. She served as team captain and won the team’s unsung hero award in 2009-10, a year after earning the team’s most improved player award. An All-NJAC selection, Brown helped the team go 106-18 over the course of her career. She graduated cum laude in 2010 with a degree in health/physical education.

Brown also served as an assistant coach with the Bishop Ahr High School track program in Edison, N.J., from 2010-2017 and was an assistant for the KJ Basketball 15U AAU program starting in the summer of 2016. In 2010-11 she was an assistant coach at Franklin High School in Somerset, N.J., and helped develop the school’s all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and steals.

A native of New Brunswick, N.J., Brown attended St. Peter’s High School.

Yale Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Lashay Banks

Assistant Coach

Lashay Banks, who helped Cincinnati earn a WNIT berth last season, joined the Yale women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2018.

Banks spent the 2017-18 season as graduate manager at Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats go 19-13 (10-6 AAC) and earn a berth in the WNIT. She was an assistant coach at Swarthmore in 2015-16.

Banks played for Rider in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The 2013-14 team posted 15 wins, tied for Rider’s most wins since 1994-95. As a junior she was third on the team in scoring (8.5 points per game) and steals (34). As a senior she was third on the team in rebounding (5.2 per game).

Banks played for Cincinnati for the first two years of her career (2010-11 and 2011-12), appearing in 45 games.

Banks graduated from Rider with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in social work in 2015. She earned a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education from Cincinnati in 2018.

A Philadelphia native, Banks was the Philadelphia Public League Female Player of the Year at Prep Charter High School, where she led the team to a pair of Public League championship games and a state tournament appearance.