Ali Jaques has been hired as the women's basketball coach at Siena.
Jaques spent the last four seasons at Northwestern and was the associate head coach for the past two years. The Wildcats were 58-68 during her time at the school and had consecutive winning seasons in 2010 and 2011.
The 35-year-old succeeds Gina Castelli, who left the school in early March. The Saints went 12-17 this season and were 336-296 in Castelli's 22 years.
Jaques graduated from NYU in 1998 and helped the team win the Division III national championship in 1997.
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Molly Goodenbour named head coach at San Francisco - 2 days ago
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Molly Goodenbour , a two-time national champion at Stanford who has 12 years of head coaching experience on the collegiate level, has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. Goodenbour succeeds Jennifer Azzi, who resigned her position on Sept. 15 after guiding the Dons for the last six seasons. She becomes the ninth head coach in the program's history, which dates back to the 1976-77 season. This marks Goodenbour's third coaching stint on the Hilltop,... [read more]
Molly Goodenbour , a two-time national champion at Stanford who has 12 years of head coaching experience on the collegiate level, has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. Goodenbour succeeds Jennifer Azzi, who resigned her position on Sept. 15 after guiding the Dons for the last six seasons. She becomes the ninth head coach in the program's history, which dates back to the 1976-77 season. This marks Goodenbour's third coaching stint on the Hilltop, where she served as an assistant coach with the Dons during the 1994-95 and 2005-06 seasons. "We are excited to bring Molly Goodenbour to the Hilltop at a time of tremendous growth for our women's basketball program," said USF Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell. "Her head coaching experience and a championship mentality really fits the culture of where we are headed as an athletic department. She has won at the highest level on the court as a two time national champion at Stanford and Final Four MVP and as a very successful head coach on the junior college and Division II levels and built a Division I program with steady success in a competitive conference in the Big West. "She brings all the qualities that we are looking for in our coaches and staff. Winners and champions have an aura about them that is contagious and we certainly felt that from Molly from our first conversation with her." Goodenbour comes to USF from Cal State-East Bay, where she was named head coach in June of 2016. She has previous heading coaching experience at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State-Chico, UC Irvine and Cal-State Dominguez Hills. Her overall career record, including two seasons at Santa Rosa JC, stands at 222-142 (.610). "I am extremely excited to be back at USF and have the opportunity to lead the women's basketball program," said Goodenbour. "Jennifer Azzi worked tirelessly to build the foundation and I believe that we will be able to continue to move the program in a positive direction. Our Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell and our University leadership have made a strong commitment toward ensuring our athletic programs are in a position to succeed at a high level and I am proud to have an opportunity to be part of this." Prior to her appointment at Cal State-East Bay, Goodenbour spent four seasons as the head coach at Cal State-Dominguez Hills. After taking over a program that had posted a 7-48 record in the previous two seasons, Goodenbour led the Toros to a 77-34 (.694) record in her four seasons. Under her guidance, the Toros won California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and CCAA regular season titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and made three consecutive NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship appearances from 2013-16. Her 2014-15 squad won a school-record 26 games and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional. Goodenbour gained NCAA Division I head coaching experience at UC Irvine, where she served as the Anteaters' head coach from 2008-12. The Anteaters qualified for the Big West Tournament in each of her four seasons, posted the highest single-season win total (15 in 2010-11) in nearly a decade and had eight players earn all-conference honors during her tenure. Goodenbour took over the UC Irvine program after two successful seasons at Cal State-Chico, where she led the Wildcats to a 52-11 record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2007-08, she was named the CCAA's Coach of the Year after guiding her team to a 28-6 overall record, regular season and conference tournament titles along with a Sweet 16 appearance. The Wildcats finished the year ranked No. 17 in the nation among all Division II teams. Goodenbour's second coaching stint at USF came during the 2005-06 season, when she served as an assistant on Tanya Haave's staff. Following the season, she was appointed head coach at Santa Rosa Junior College where she led the Bear Cubs to a 69-21 record, two conference championships and a quarterfinal appearance in the California state championship during her three seasons. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Goodenbour was a standout performer at Stanford, where she was a four-year letterwinner under Tara VanDeveer from 1989-93. She helped the Cardinal to four straight Pac-10 championships, three NCAA Final Fours and a pair of NCAA Championships in 1990 and '92. Goodenbour was named the most valuable player of the 1992 Final Four after setting an NCAA Tournament record for most postseason three-pointers made with 18. She finished her collegiate career with 1,040 points and still ranks among the school's career top-10 in three-pointers made (178), assists (441) and free throw percentage (.793). After graduating from Stanford with a degree in biology, Goodenbour was selected to the U.S. National team, which won a gold medal at the 1993 World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Brazil. Her introduction to coaching came during the 1994-95 season, when she served as an assistant coach to Bill and Mary-Hile Nepfel during a season which saw the Dons compiled a 24-5 overall record, capture the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and make a NCAA Tournament appearance. She embarked on her professional playing career in 1995-96 with Linkspring of the Swedish Basketball Federation. A year later, Goodenbour returned to the United States where she played for the Richmond Rage (1996-97) and Portland Power (1997-98) of the American Basketball League. She also played one season with the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs before retiring to further pursue her coaching career. Molly is married to Pat Fuscaldo, a former USF men's assistant coach who has served as the head coach at Sonoma State University for the past 22 seasons. Courtesy of: usfdons.com
UT Board of Regents approves contract extension for Karen Aston - 7 days ago
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The University of Texas Board of Regents on Friday approved a three-year contract extension for women's basketball head coach Karen Aston . The extension ensures that Aston will be the Longhorns' head coach through at least the 2019-20 season and includes language for further extension at the discretion of the Women's Athletics Director. Under the terms of the new agreement, which is effective immediately and runs through August 31, 2020, Aston will receive a total guaranteed compensation... [read more]
The University of Texas Board of Regents on Friday approved a three-year contract extension for women's basketball head coach Karen Aston . The extension ensures that Aston will be the Longhorns' head coach through at least the 2019-20 season and includes language for further extension at the discretion of the Women's Athletics Director. Under the terms of the new agreement, which is effective immediately and runs through August 31, 2020, Aston will receive a total guaranteed compensation of $770,000 with an additional $220,000 available in performance-based incentives. Aston has received a $158,187 increase in guaranteed compensation from the 2015-16 season. "First of all, I would like to thank The University of Texas administration for their faith in the direction of our program," Aston said. "Secondly, I want to recognize the extraordinary work our staff and players have done to bring Texas back into the national spotlight. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to extend my time here on the Forty Acres. I am humbled by the honor of this great job, one that I love, at the greatest university in the country. I look forward to continuing our journey to light the tower." Aston is entering her fifth season as the head coach of the Texas women's basketball program. She has guided the Longhorns to an 89-46 (.659) record in her four seasons on the Forty Acres, including three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Texas has advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in back-to-back seasons, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2015-16. Aston's reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters for nearly two decades has translated into back-to-back top-six recruiting classes at Texas, including last year's No. 3 class according to ESPN.com. The development of talent in Aston's program is evident as Texas has had one of its senior standouts selected in the WNBA Draft in two consecutive seasons with Nneka Enemkpali (2015) and Imani Boyette (2016). Boyette was a first-round pick by the Chicago Sky in April and was recently named to The Associated Press' WNBA All-Rookie Team. Last season, Aston led Texas to impressive heights. The Longhorns posted a 31-5 overall record, which marked the school's most victories since the 1987-88 season and tied the school record for most Big 12 Conference wins (15) in a single season. Texas hosted the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first time since 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 2003. The Longhorns opened the year with a 16-0 record, marking the third-best start in program history. "We are so excited to have Karen Aston leading our women's basketball program," said Chris Plonsky, Texas Director of Women's Athletics. "She has made a strong, immediate impact with regard to recruiting the type of high-character young women who succeed at Texas both athletically and academically. Our success has been a direct result of Karen's leadership and the character of the players in this program. Karen and her coaching and support staff have made incredible and steady progress over the past four years to guide our program back among the nation's elite. But what excites me the most is the direction and future of Texas Women's Basketball under Karen's leadership." Courtesy of: texassports.com
Sharp shooting guard Molly Taylor(5'9''-G-97) has signed a full athletic scholarship to Division One Loyola University in Maryland. Taylor averaged an eye-catching 16.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line at Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania last season. The 5ft 9 Guard was named to the first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League, All-Independent-Parochial School League, and Chambersburg area All-Star s... [read more]
Sharp shooting guard Molly Taylor (5'9''-G-97) has signed a full athletic scholarship to Division One Loyola University in Maryland. Taylor averaged an eye-catching 16.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line at Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania last season. The 5ft 9 Guard was named to the first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League, All-Independent-Parochial School League, and Chambersburg area All-Star selection. Taylor's individual success meant team success helping them win the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association and the IPSL titles in 2015-2016, a year in which they were the MAPL runners-up. This led to Taylor picking up team MVP honours topping off a fine senior year. We got a chance to find out how Molly feels about the big move to a Division One college in the USA. 'I'm really grateful to be able to gain a full scholarship at D1 level. It's hard to put into words what it means to me because I've had to grow a lot as a person from the minute I arrived in the US. Having the opportunity to play against great competition as well as receiving an education from a great school is a blessing.' She continued to explain how the process went of gaining a scholarship. 'I had an advantage of finding schools over players that are trying from the UK because I was living and competing in the US for 3 years prior to college. I played AAU during the summer of my sophomore and junior years of high school, and attended various PGC and Elite camps through the contacts I made here which gave me exposure to college coaches across the country.' 'My goal for this year is to learn as much as possible. Being a freshman means that you must acclimate to a new system, coach and teammates. Everyone here has already made me feel at home and there is a real sense that they just are here to help me improve, and that's an amazing environment to be in.' Taylor finished by thanking those who have played a pivotal role so far. 'I must first thank my parents for letting me leave at just 15 years old and for their continued support of my athletic and academic career. I am also thankful for the help of my AAU and high school coaches at Mercersburg Academy for helping me through the college process. But I wouldn't be where I am without Ross James and the coaches at Ball Up Sports back in Surrey, UK. They introduced me to the game in my primary school and have worked with me ever since. 'Believe in what you can become' is their company motto and was instilled into me from an early age. After winning a state championship and receiving a scholarship, I like to think I embody this belief, and hope to inspire others from the UK to believe that they can do it too.' Courtesy of: shesgotnext.co.uk
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