While the Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team has had a new head coach for a couple of weeks now, Marisa Moseley still needed three more coaches to fill out her first staff in Madison. On Friday afternoon, those three new faces, Scott Merritt, Kate Barnosky and Caroline Doty, were announced.
“In putting together my staff, I was committed to selecting individuals who are winners at their cores,” explained Moseley in a press release from UW. “Each of these coaches are incredible people first and skilled professionals second. Caroline, Kate, and Scott are the epitome of what Wisconsin Athletics is about – loyal, driven, and dedicated people who are committed and focused on taking Badger women’s basketball to the top! This is the start of a new era of excellence in Madison and I can’t wait for this team and our greater community to embrace these incredibly dynamic coaches.”
Associate head coach Scott Merritt
- “I’m excited to get back to the state of Wisconsin, a state that’s rich with talent,” said Merritt. “I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to work alongside a coach like Marisa. She’s a high-character leader with an unmatched ability to connect with people. She fosters an environment where everyone in her program will grow and get better! I can’t wait to get to work.”
- Merritt comes to Wisconsin after spending the last season as an assistant coach at Illinois. Prior to joining the Fighting Illini, Merritt spent six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Marquette University.
- A four-year letter winner, Merritt graduated from Marquette in 2004, finishing as the Golden Eagles’ all-time leader in games played (126) and ranking No. 30 on MU’s career scoring list with 1,049 points, No. 14 with 697 rebounds, and No. 5 with 113 blocks. He also played nine years professionally overseas.
- Merritt coached two consecutive Big East Players of the Year in Allazia Blockton (2018) and Natisha Hiedeman (2019), and as the primary coach for MU’s post players helped Erika Davenport become just the fourth player in Marquette history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Assistant coach Kate Barnosky
- “I’m so excited to join the Wisconsin staff and am grateful to continue to work with and learn from Coach Moseley as we take on this new challenge together in Madison,” Barnosky said.
- Barnosky has served as an assistant coach under Moseley at Boston University the last three seasons.
- Prior to BU, Barnosky spent five years as an assistant coach at her alma mater Tufts, aiding the Jumbos to four consecutive trips to the NCAA DIII Final Four and two New England Small College Athletic Conference championships.
- Barnosky was a three-year team captain at Tufts and two-time ALL-NESCAC selection, helping the Jumbos advance to four NCAA Tournament appearances. The Huntington Station, New York native graduated from Tufts in 2012 with a degree in child development before obtaining her master’s degree in applied child development in 2014.
Assistant coach Caroline Doty
- “Caroline is the perfect piece to my complete my staff puzzle,” said Moseley. “Her experience as a two-time national champion at UCONN and work in the corporate world have prepared her for this next step in her journey. It’s not very often that you find a person who has to ability to adapt and evolve like Caroline has done throughout her entire career. I have no doubt our players and recruits are going to flock to Caroline. Her energy and passion for the game and helping others attain their goals is unparalleled.”
- Doty was a member of three NCAA Championship teams at Connecticut and also played in two Final Fours with the Huskies. She averaged 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in five years, missing the 2010-11 season due to a knee injury.
- Doty graduated from UConn in 2012 with a degree in sports management. She has spent the last three years working as an account manager for Nike working with the WNBA and G League. Doty also worked as an account manager with College Sports Marketing and Women’s College Basketball Sports Marketing in Beaverton, Ore.
- Doty has coached at Beaverton High School and Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Oswego, Ore.