Naumovski named coach at Queens
Brings over 15 years of experience to Knights program
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Brian DeMasters, acting director of athletics at Queens (N.Y.) College, recently announced that Elizabeth “Bet” Naumovski has been named the Knights’ head women’s basketball coach. Naumovski brings 15 years of coaching experience to Queens, including nine seasons of coaching at the college level both in the United States and her native Canada.
“It is with excitement that I announce the hiring of Elizabeth Naumovski as our head women’s basketball coach,” said DeMasters. “Coach Naumovski shares Queens College’s vision to develop students in the classroom, in the community, and on the court. Her experience and determination will add tremendous strength to our program.”
Naumovski’s previous college coaching experience comes from a two-year stint as assistant coach at NCAA Division I institution, Binghamton University. Naumovski coached a pair of America East conference all-stars in each campaign, and helped the Bearcats to the 2009 conference semifinals. She was actively involved in recruitment, film breakdown, scouting, player development, offensive and defensive strategies and tactics, as well as all other facets of the program. Among the highlights of Naumovski’s time at BU was her development of Erica Carter – who ranked No. 4 nationally in 3-point field goals per game in 2009-10, No. 7 in 3-point field goal percentage, and holds the Bearcats’ single-game, single-season and career 3-point field goal records.
"This is an exciting time to be a part of Queens College and I am honored to be selected to lead the women's basketball program,” stated Naumovski, who is one of only four female basketball coaches to receive the title of Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) from the Coaches of Canada organization. “Queens has a renewed energy and a clear vision for athletics that is in line with my aspirations for the women's basketball program. I want to express my deepest thanks to (chief operating officer and vice president for institutional advancement) Dr. Sue Henderson, Brian DeMasters and (assistant director of athletics) Leslie Busch for their support and confidence. This is a great place to be a student-athlete and I hope that women's basketball will soon be a point of pride for our campus, community and alumni."
From 2005-07, Naumovski was the head coach of the Toronto-Five O AAU team. She led her squad to the Ontario Cup in 2006 and 2007 – finishing in the top-eight out of over 225 teams each time. The previous two summers, she was the head coach for the Ontario provincial Under-17 team, and her team toppled a pair of college squads in preseason college prep tournaments.
At the college level, Naumovski was an assistant coach with the University of Toronto from 1999-03. While there, the team advanced to the conference finals in 2000 and ’02, winning the title in the latter campaign while holding a top-10 national ranking and an undefeated home record. Before arriving at the University of Toronto, Naumovski was an assistant coach at the University of Guelph.
Since 2006, Naumovski has been the Head Coach and Program Director for the Mississauga Minor Basketball Association. She was built the club to its highest membership (2,000 members), and started the Under-17 Mississauga Monarchs girls basketball squad.
For the last five-plus years, Naumovski served as the owner and operator of “Court Vision,” – where she ran one of the only organized summer leagues for high school girls in Toronto, as well as one of the only NCAA exposure events for high school girls in Canada.
A certified Level 4 coach by Canada Basketball (Level 5 can only be achieved once coaching a national team), Naumovski received specialized honors in acquiring her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and the health sciences at York University (Ont.), where she graduated in 1998 and was an Academic All-Canadian honoree on the basketball court. She also received a master’s of kinesiology in coaching degree from the school.