Women's Basketball Rounds Out Support Staff

July 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced the hire of three individuals who will round out her support staff heading into the 2015-16 season. The first two positions are housed directly within the women’s basketball office, while the third is part of the College’s strength and conditioning department in athletics. Robinson Fruchtl made the official announcement of each hire on July 1.

Kelley Doogan has been named Associate Director of Player Development, Keri Soppe has been named women’s basketball Graduate Assistant and Karen Bell has been named Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the College, and will serve as the primary strength and conditioning coach for women’s basketball.

Doogan, who has served as the graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program since 2013, has been hired as Associate Director of Player Development. Doogan is a 2013 graduate of Saint Francis University (Pa.), where she played for current Friar Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl for three of her four seasons. While at Saint Francis, Doogan was a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll selection. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English communications, with a double-minor in marketing and management. A native of Claymont, Del., Doogan attended Ursuline Academy and was a two-time All-Catholic Team selection. She helped lead the team to state titles in 2006 and 2008, and three-straight Catholic Conference Championships (2006-08). During the 2007-08 campaign, the Raiders finished with a 19-6 overall record and were ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation. Doogan recently earned a master’s of education in higher education counseling at Providence College in May.



Soppe will begin her first season as a graduate assistant with the Providence College women’s basketball program in 2015-16. Soppe graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015, where she was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team. During her career, she played 105 games and appeared in the starting line-up 67 times. Soppe averaged 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She finished her career with a .373 field-goal percentage (134-359), and also hit 62-76 attempts from the free-throw line (.816). While at Providence College, she will pursue a post-graduate degree in the MBA program.

Bell, who will serve as the primary strength and conditioning contact for the women’s basketball program, comes to Providence College after serving as a Performance Coordinator for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Sacred Heart University (2011-14) and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Yale University (2014-15). While at Yale, she implemented strength and conditioning programs for eight varsity teams and assisted with football, women’s basketball and track and field. Bell graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1993. She was a four-year member of the women’s basketball program and earned All-Conference Second-Team honors during her final season (1993).


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