Hannah Stubbs began playing basketball as a six year old. As a member of the Yellow Jacket recreational team, she experienced several undefeated seasons.
A 2002 graduate of Yorktown High School, Hannah Stubbs lettered in Basketball, Field Hockey, and Lacrosse. A four-year starter in Basketball, she was Player of the Year her senior year. She made All-Region, National District First Team, All-County First Team, and the Northern Virginia All-Star Team. In Field Hockey, Hannah was 2001 Player of the Year, National District First Team, and Northern Regional First Team.
At Wesleyan University, where she majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Hannah was a three-year starter at the forward position for Coach Kate Mullen, playing in all 102 games. From 2002-'06, women’s basketball had unprecedented success with a four-year win-loss record of 81-21 and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet Sixteen finish in 2005.
While at Wesleyan, Hannah scored a career total 1,395 points, the second highest ever at the University. This Three Year First Team All NESCAC Conference player was 5 times named NESCAC Player of the Week, was a Kodak All- American Honorable Mention her junior year, Academic All-NESCAC, ESPN's Academic All-American her senior year, also in her senior year Hannah was awarded the following: Wesleyan University’s Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball, Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Athletics and Female Scholar-Athlete.
Basketball has special meaning to Hannah and has long been part of her identity. She says, “ I hoped that people saw in me what I saw in basketball: hard work, heart, dedication, teamwork, perseverance, passion, camaraderie, grace and skill. Basketball has been integral in building my character and shaping who I am today.
“Basketball has also provided me with amazing experiences and memories that I will forever cherish from the glorious victories to quiet moments with teammates. On these experiences, lasting friendships were built with my teammates and coaches, but also with my family. I owe my parents immeasurable gratitude for their support of my basketball career. Our mutual love of the game strengthened my relationship with them.”
In addition to outstanding high school and college athletic achievements, Hannah Stubbs was awarded the Massachusetts General Hospital Martin Research Prize for Excellence in Clinical Research.
Hannah Stubbs Picariello is currently a PhD Graduate Student in Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.