Chelsea Dermyer, a player or a coach for the Blue and Green since 2005, enters her fifth season as a member of the FGCU women’s basketball coaching staff.
Dermyer helped lead the Eagles to a solid 2012-13 season. FGCU became the first school to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons, finishing the season with the most victories (27) of the 13 Division I institutions in the state of Florida and capturing the program’s third consecutive A-Sun Regular Season crown. Led by 2013 A-Sun Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Hansen and 2013 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Kennedy, FGCU also secured the ninth-straight 21+ win in program history and participated in their sixth consecutive Division I postseason tournament (WNIT). Leading the nation and the Atlantic Sun in three-point field goals per game (9.4), for the second year in a row, the Green and Blue ranked in the top 40 in the country in 13 different statistical categories in the final NCAA rankings.
Less than 14 months after tying the all-time NCAA record and setting the 2011-12 NCAA single-game high with 21 three-pointers on 51 long range attempts in their 106-27 over NAIA foe Webber International on Nov. 28, 2011 at Alico Arena, the Eagles knocked down 22 triples in a 97-60 win at ETSU on Jan. 12, 2013. Prior to breaking the record, the Eagles, who own the NCAA Division I single season record for three-pointers (342; 2011-12), were tied for first place all-time with New Mexico State, who drained 21 triples against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The NCAA Division I record 22 three-point makes are also a program and Atlantic Sun Conference best, as FGCU made 10 treys in the first half and 12 in the second. The Green and Blue hit 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) triples in the final frame in which they outscored the Lady Bucs 46-35.
In 2011-12, Dermyer helped the Green and Blue wrap up the most historic season in its Division I history, winning the program’s first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. FGCU finished with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun. The Green and Blue, with their seven trifectas vs. St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a season (342), while also setting the Division I record for three-point field goals made per game (10.7).
The Eagles verified the conference's third-ever unbeaten regular season by cruising through the Atlantic Sun Tournament, taking the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over second-seeded and 20-game winner Stetson. The Green and Blue's success at the conference tournament cemented FGCU’s name in the A-Sun record books. Making their first A-Sun postseason appearance in their first year of postseason eligibility, the Eagles became the third team in A-Sun history to win the Atlantic Sun Championship in its first appearance, while also becoming the second team to post an A-Sun undefeated regular season and win the championship title.
During the 2011-12 season, Dermyer was recognized as one of the Top 25 Mid-Major women's college basketball assistant coaches in the nation, according to CollegeInsider.com. Dermyer, the lone A-Sun coach to be mentioned, came in at No. 21 on the list. The list took into account a variety of factors including an assistant coach's work ethic, servant's mentality, reputation amongst peers, longevity and success with the program, reliability, attention to detail, recruiting skills, basketball knowledge and future potential.
The article was penned by Jason Belzer, who wrote of Dermyer: " The former Florida Gulf Coast standout player joined the coaching ranks in 2008 and has since been instrumental in developing four first-team and two second-team All-Conference players. During the 2010-11 season, Dermyer helped lead the Eagles to the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title and an automatic bid to the WNIT, after posting a 28-4 overall record."
In 2010-11, Dermyer helped lead the Eagles to an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season crown after posting a 28-4 overall record (17-3 A-Sun). FGCU, who earned an automatic bid to the WNIT, led the nation in three point field goals made per game, as Shannon Murphy picked up first team all-conference honors and Sarah Hansen earned second team all-conference and was named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen squad.
During the 2009-10 camapaign, Dermyer saw Chelsea Lyles earn first team all-conference honors, while Adrianne McNally and Shannon Murphy were named to the second team. The Eagles posted 24 wins, to secure the program’s seventh 21-plus win season in the eight-year program history, along with a second place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference. FGCU received the program’s first invitation to play in the preseason WNIT, where they advanced to the second round with a win over UTEP before falling to New Mexico and Georgia Tech, and also secured their third consecutive postseason WNIT automatic bid. By participating in the 2010 postseason WNIT, FGCU became the first A-Sun school to make three consecutive WNIT appearances.
In 2008-09, the Blue and Green won the program's first regular season Atlantic Sun crown with a 17-3 record. FGCU led the A-Sun in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, and three-point field goals made during the season. The Eagles also cemented a place in the All-Time A-Sun record books by winning 17 conference games. The Eagles lost to eventual champion USF in the second round of the WNIT and finished the 2008-09 season with an overall record of 26-5, with first team all-conference selections Adrianne McNally and Chelsea Lyles and A-Sun Freshman of the Year Kelsey Jacobson leading the way.
Dermyer joined the staff at FGCU after a solid two-year playing career for the Eagles. Her senior year saw her lead the team to the WNIT. Dermyer led the Eagles in three-point percentage (.388), assists (4.9 apg), steals (1.4 spg) and minutes (35.7 minutes per game). A second-team All-Atlantic Sun pick in 2008, Dermyer led the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio and ranked sixth nationally with her 2.44 assist-to-turnover ratio. She led the team 23 times in assists and finished her career ranked first overall in school history with an average of 4.7.
A native of Fort Collins, Col., Dermyer graduated from Poudre High School. She received both her bachelor’s degree in finance (2007) and her master’s degree in business administration (2010) from Florida Gulf Coast University.