WFXR Sports Director Jermaine Ferrell catches up with Roanoke College head women’s basketball coach Carla Flaherty. Flaherty has been the head women’s basketball coach at Roanoke College for five years (2014-2019).
Flaherty led Roanoke to 18 wins, the most for the program since 2011. Roanoke also earned the seventh seed in the 2019 ODAC Tournament and would knock off second-seeded and nationally ranked Emory & Henry in the quarterfinals.
Flaherty came to Salem after spending four years as head women’s basketball coach at Lasell College, in Massachusetts. In her last season with the Lasers, she guided them to the team’s first Great Northeast Athletic Conference postseason appearance in program history.
Prior to her time at Lasell, Flaherty spent six years as the assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Bates College from 2004-2010. During that six-year span, Flaherty aided the Bobcats to a record of 104-53, which included four NESCAC Tournament appearances, along with the NCAA Division III Tournament Sectionals appearance in the 2004-05 season. She also served as the interim head women’s soccer coach in 2008 and the assistant women’s soccer coach from 2005-07.
Flaherty received her bachelor’s degree from Bates College in 2003, where she was a four-year two-sport athlete, playing basketball and softball.
As a Bobcat, she finished her basketball career with 1,143 points, the fifth highest point total in program history at the time.
Her success on the hardwood earned her All-NESCAC First Team, All-Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team and All-New England honors from d3hoops.com.
She continued her education with a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University in 2010.
Jermaine talks to Carla about her time rebuilding the Roanoke program. They both speak about Carla soon to give birth to a baby girl.