Prior to Siena, Best served as an assistant coach at Colgate University. While in Hamilton, Best helped the Red Raiders to a school record 21 wins and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Best helped Colgate capture its initial Patriot League regular-season and Tournament Championship.
Before Colgate, Best served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons at Plattsburgh State University. Her duties included player development, recruiting, scouting, practice preparation and academic monitoring of players. Plattsburgh advanced to the ECAC Tournament for the first time under her supervision in 2003. In 2002, the team established a program record for victories, one it would equal the following year.
A 1999 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in art and design and a minor in civil engineering, Best was a standout on the MIT women's basketball team. She received the Malcolm Kispert Award for senior scholar athlete, was a tri-captain in 1998-99 and became a member of the Women's 1,000-Point Club. Best was named Most Valuable Player, named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Team, selected to GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, and was named to the New England Women's Basketball Association All-Stars. In 1998-99, her team boasted a 20-8 record and qualified for its first postseason play in the ECAC Tournament where they finished second. During her career she established a new single-season MIT scoring record (474 points), and claimed the school's best mark for steals in a season (81). She is currently MIT's all-time leading scorer with 1,425 points.
She was an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior when she helped MIT to third place finishes in league play. As a senior, MIT was the ECAC New England Runner-up and Best led the NEWMAC in scoring with 16.9 points per game.
Best's additional responsibilities include: recruiting, scouting, coordinating team travel, assisting in all areas of the Saints' Basketball Camps, and working with perimeter player development.