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Alma Mater: Southern Miss, 1986 (Bachelor's)
Hometown: Marrero, La.
DoBee Plaisance enters her fifth season as head coach for the Nicholls State University women’s basketball program, and is the ninth head coach in the school’s history. She came to Nicholls after 13 seasons at Loyola University New Orleans where she successfully built a dominant NAIA program.
In 2011-12, Plaisance led the Colonel women’s basketball program to its best season in its 38 years of existence. Nicholls claimed an all-time best 15 wins, capped by its first postseason victory in team history. After clinching its fourth berth into the Southland Conference postseason, Nicholls pulled off a 20-point upset over top-seed Central Arkansas in the first round as the Colonels made a tournament and program-record 14 3-pointers.
In her first season at Nicholls, the Colonels suffered through a number of growing pains, winning only two games. But over the next two seasons, Plaisance doubled her victories, claiming four wins in her second year, and eight in her fourth. Last season, she almost pulled of the feat for the third time as Nicholls came up one victory short of the benchmark.
At Loyola, after the arrival of scholarships in 2004, Plaisance posted an impressive 81-33 record that included back-to-back Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Regular Season Championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Her 2006-07 squad finished 25-9, while her 2007-08 team notched a school best 28-7 mark, resulting in Plaisance winning consecutive GCAC Coach of the Year honors. In the 2007-08 season, she led the Wolfpack to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.
The appearance in the Elite 8 was the furthest that Loyola has ever advanced in the NAIA National Tournament in the program’s history. Loyola also eclipsed program records for wins and highest ranking as the Wolfpack won 28 games and were ranked 15th in the final NAIA poll.
Plaisance, a New Orleans native, was a four-year starter throughout her college career, playing two years at the University of New Orleans and two years at Southeastern Louisiana University.
She later graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and worked as a student assistant coach for the Lady Eagles. Following her stint with Southern Miss, she joined the Tulane University staff as assistant coach where she spent three seasons.
Plaisance landed her first job as head coach at St. Martin Episcopal High School in Metairie, La. In seven of her eight years at St. Martin’s, Plaisance successfully guided her squad to the state playoffs before capturing back-to-back state championships in 1993 and 1994. Her teams compiled a 70-4 record over that span that included a perfect 36-0 mark in 1993.
Mary ‘DoBee’ Ronquillo Plaisance is married to Scott Plaisance and the couple has two children, Theresa, a forward for the LSU Lady Tigers, and Scott Jr. The family currently resides in Marrero, La.