A naturally competitive person, Kim Belliveau learned how to play basketball in her own backyard. Her basketball skills were developed with her dad’s support and coaching, and refined with the help of Putnam High School coach Pam Childs. Kim went on to a very successful basketball career at William Penn University where she played for Coach Bob Spencer.
As a young athlete at Putnam High School, Kim played softball and basketball and ran cross country for all four years. Although she excelled in all three sports, basketball was clearly her forte and she earned All-State and QVC All-Conference honors for two years as a point guard.
After graduating with honors from Putnam High School in 1977, Kim headed to William Penn University in Iowa where she continued to make her mark in women’s athletics. She played tennis and softball at William Penn for three years and started as a point guard for the Lady Statesmen for all four years. As a senior, Kim helped lead her team to the AIAW Division II National Championship in 1981. Kim ended her career with many records. She was first in career assists with 734 and 2nd in single-season assists with 230. She was also 2nd in career steals with 486 and 2nd in single-season steals with 180. Kim is currently ranked 16th in career scoring with 1,264 points, and 7th in career free throws with 258 made. She holds the school record for games played (152) and she helped her team win state and regional titles in 1977-78 and 1979-80. Her team also placed third in the National Tournament in the 1979-80 season.
Shortly after graduating from William Penn University with honors, Kim earned her Masters Degree in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut (1985). After completing her degree, she remained at UConn for the next two years as an assistant coach for the Huskies basketball program. From there, Kim worked as an assistant basketball coach for Fresno State University (1987-1989) and then San Jose State University (1989-1991), before landing a job as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Cabrillo College in California. She remained in this position until 2000, when she took a sabbatical to pursue professional development interests.
Kim is currently a Kinesiology Instructor at Cabrillo College and she has worked as an instructor for the college for over 20 years. She has taught a variety of classes, is an avid golfer and supporter of women’s athletics. Many of the life skills Kim has learned from her experiences as a player and coach have contributed to her success as an educator.