|Title:||Mental Skills Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Saint Michael's '13|
Nicole Adach '13, a former 1,000-point scorer for the Saint Michael's women's basketball team, returns to her alma mater as the women's basketball program's mental skills coach for her third season in 2019-20.
The Purple Knights put together a 9-5 run during the final half of the 2018-19 season to put themselves in the postseason race, defeating Northeast-10 Conference Championship qualifiers Adelphi University, regionally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University University and Southern New Hampshire University along the way. At season's end, Emily Ferreri '19 repeated as a Google Cloud Academic All-America selection, landing on the first team. She was one of three valedictorians of the graduating class, with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, while being named NE10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year finalist.
Saint Michael's opened 2017-18 by winning the University of Bridgeport Conference Crossover Tournament and stood 4-3 by the end of November. The Purple Knights clamped down defensively to down a pair of eventual NE10 Championship squads, Adelphi University (62-59) and Pace University (60-48), in mid-January before falling at NCAA qualifier Southern Connecticut State University on an overtime buzzer beater later in the month. Ferreri became the 13th CoSIDA Academic All-America selectios in College history after the season.
Adach received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Saint Michael's in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Her undergraduate was in psychology with a minor in sociology, while she further pursued her education in clinical psychology for her graduate studies. Throughout her studies, her academic concentration was on sports psychology focusing on athletic identity and the psychological implication and process that influences how an individual identifies as an athlete throughout their human development. Adach also specializes in the area of performance enhancement, utilizing cognitive and mental tools, and strategies that influence and improve athletic behavior and performance. Adach has worked with several teams and individuals of all levels as a sports psychology consultant and mental conditioning coach.
Adach is recognized on the Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners as a psychotherapist in Vermont, and works as a professional in the field of psychology. She is also affiliated with the American Psychological Association.
A senior captain in 2012-13, Adach netted 1,045 career points and 561 rebounds while shooting 82.2 percent on free throws and adding 122 steals in 95 contests. She was 15th in program history in scoring upon her graduation while standing second in free throw percentage and fourth in free throws (286). Adach was named Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District I and NE10 Academic All-Conference as a senior. The Purple Knights qualified for the NE10 Championship twice during Adach's career.