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Kristen Sharkey begins her fifth year as an assistant coach on the UB women’s basketball staff in 2019-20 after closing out her successful UB playing career in 2014.

In 2018-19, the former Bull helped the Buffalo post players dominate the paint as UB won or tied the scoring in the paint category in 28 of 32 games on the year en route to the program’s second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and third in the past four years. Sharkey played a crucial role in the development of Adebola Adeyeye and Summer Hemphill, the later of whom turned into an All-MAC performer in her junior season as she led the team in rebounding (10.3) while also ranking first on the squad in offensive rebounds (190) and blocks (35). The second team All-MAC performer also shot a career-best 58.1% from the floor and 73.7% from the charity stripe as she helped lead the Bulls to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Sharkey also helped Adeyeye make an immediate impact in her first year in Buffalo as the freshman started in 24 games for the Bulls, including the last 12 games of the season.

The UB front court as a whole also had a strong season on the glass as they led the MAC in offensive rebounds (14.9/game), while ranking second in rebounding margin (+4.3) and third in rebounding offense (40.5).

Sharkey helped the Buffalo post players turn into dominant forces during the 2017-18 campaign which helped the Bulls finish off their most successful season in program history that was capped with a Sweet 16 appearance. Sharkey was imparetive in the development of senior center Cassie Oursler who turned into an All-MAC performer during her final season as she ranked second on the team averahing 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while starting all 35 games. The second team All-MAC performer also shot a career-best 49.7% from the floor and 82.1% from the charity stripe as she helped propel the Bulls to a pair of NCAA Tournament victories. Sharkey also helped sophomore Summer Hemphill turn in a career year as the Buffalo native posted 10.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while also setting a division I school record with 23 rebounds in the win over Ohio.

The former All-MAC post player begun to make serious strides with the young Buffalo front court in 2016-17 as Cassie Oursler started 30 games and averaged a career-best 9.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sharkey also helped freshman Summer Hemphill turn into an All-MAC Freshman team member after she produced 6.0 points and 7.4 rebounds to go along with a team-best four double-doubles.

The UB front court also had a strong season on the glass under Sharkey's watchful eye as they led the MAC in rebounding margin (+6.2) and offensive rebounds (16.1/game) while also ranking second in rebounding offense (42.7) and fourth in rebounding defense (36.5).

In her first season as a coach in 2015-16, Sharkey worked closely with the UB post players that made a huge jump down the stretch to help the Bulls collect their first ever MAC Championship. Sharkey helped develop undersized freshman forward Brittany Morrison into an impact player as she earned the start in the final nine games of the season for the Bulls. The former Bull also helped junior transfer Cassie Oursler turn into a defensive juggernaut while also producing 8.0 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game.

A 2014 UB graduate with a degree in psychology, Sharkey is working towards a Master of Business Administration. A standout for the Bulls, she was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and a two-time Academic All-MAC pick. In January 2015, Sharkey became the 22nd player in program history to score 1,000 points. She ended her playing career with six top-10 rankings on UB’s all-time career lists. Sharkey sits fourth with a free throw percentage of 77.2, fifth with 305 free throws and 120 games played, eighth with 1,264 points, 10th with 455 field goals and 759 rebounds.

During the 2014-15 season, Sharkey was a two-time MAC East Player of the Week and earned Big 4 and UB Athlete of the Week nods on four occasions. She led the team with 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while adding a Bull-best eight double-doubles. She earned Miami Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team nods and was named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week on March 18. During the 2013-14 season, Sharkey received the MAC Presidential Award and was inducted into the Taurus Aureus academic honor society. She became a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete and was the female recipient of the MAC Medal of Excellence.

Sharkey, who started 85 straight games to end her career, led the Bulls to their first back-to-back winning seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15 since the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.