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239-151/13 seasons at Boston College
Cathy Inglese's appointment as head coach on May 12, 1993 marked the beginning of a new era for Boston College women's basketball. A proven winner, she brought with her the vision of establishing the Boston College women's basketball program as a contender in both the BIG EAST Conference and the national spotlight. Continuing to make that vision a reality, Inglese will rely on her proven success to take steps toward continued excellence as the team begins competition in the ACC, one of the most prestigious conferences in the country.
Inglese has posted 20 or more wins in seven out of the last eight seasons and has guided the Eagles to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (2003, 2004, 2006) and a program-high national ranking of 14 (USA Today) at the end of the 2003-04 season.
In The success of the program has continued in the new conference. Inglese guided the 2005-2006 team towards another winning season the Eagles posted a 21-12 record and qualified for its fifth straight NCAA Tournament. In the inaugural season in the ACC, the Eagles placed sixth in the conference and were one of seven ACC teams to qualify for the NCAA tournament. In the ACC regular season, Boston College posted wins over Virginia, NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami. The Eagles defeated former Big East foe, Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Boston College then pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament by defeating No. 1 seeded Ohio State, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the programs history.
In 2004, the Inglese era culminated in the program's first-ever BIG EAST Championship. In exciting fashion, the fifth-seeded Eagles knocked off the top-seeded and fourth-ranked Connecticut Huskies in the tournament semifinal en route to claiming the conference crown. The Eagles also made conference history, becoming the first BIG EAST school to win the championship by virtue of four consecutive wins on four straight days. The team compiled a 27-7 overall mark, winning the most games in a single season. The year was also sweet for Inglese on a personal level as she won her 300th career game in December.
Inglese's combination of hard work, determination, enthusiasm, and discipline quickly helped build a foundation that would elevate the program to a record-breaking season in 1998-99. From that 22-8 season, the Eagles have set a new standard for the future of the Boston College women's basketball program. Enjoying unparalleled success over the past several seasons, Inglese and the BC team have compiled four consecutive 20-win seasons and six total NCAA Tournament appearances (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05), including consecutive appearances in the NCAA round of 16 appearance.
Just as importantly, Inglese has established a barometer of success off the court as well. In her 12-year tenure, Inglese has enjoyed a perfect graduation rate. All of the student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility have graduated in her tenure. Inglese has gradually been building champions out of her women's basketball program, focusing on the four pillars of Boston College athletics success - commitment, classroom, community, and competition.
In 2002-03, the Eagles reaped the benefits of a veteran squad and posted an impressive 22-9 overall mark. Despite losing in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament, the Eagles made the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the East Regional.
In 2001-02, the team tied its highest-ever national ranking with a No. 16 in the February 4, 2002 Associated Press poll. The Eagles posted an overall mark of 23-8 and a BIG EAST mark of 12-4, finishing the season in a tie for third place and advancing to the BIG EAST Championship game. The Eagles qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time and tied the program's highest-ever seeding with the fifth seed in the Mideast Regional. BC was one of four BIG EAST teams to advance to the Sweet 16.
During the 1999-2000 season, the team registered the most victories in school history, finishing with an overall record of 26-9. The Eagles were ranked No. 17 in both the final Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls. BC finished undefeated at home, winning all 14 games at Conte Forum by an average margin of 21.8 points. At season's end, the conference honored a BC player as BIG EAST Most Improved Player for the second consecutive season.
Inglese led the 1998-99 team to a 22-8 record -- the first 20-win season in school history. For her efforts, she was voted BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year. The Eagles received their first national ranking and defeated two teams in the Top 10 for the first time in school history. In addition, Inglese led the Eagles to the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance ever. The Eagles captured their first national ranking in school history (No. 25) after defeating No. 7 Notre Dame, 78-65, on December 30, 1998. Almost one month later, the Eagles received more national attention with a 78-66 victory over No. 2 Connecticut. The landmark victory for the Boston College women's basketball program attracted 8,606 fans, the first sellout crowd ever for a women's basketball contest at Conte Forum. Inglese enjoyed a personal milestone on January 27, 1999 when she registered her 200th career win as the Eagles defeated Seton Hall, 60-55.
Following the season, Inglese served as the coach of the 1999 BIG EAST/Nike Women's Basketball All-Star Team on a five-game tour of Belgium and Germany. The team finished the exhibition schedule with a 4-1 record.
In 1997-98, Inglese directed the Eagles to a 17-11 overall record. Boston College led the nation in three-point field goal percentage and finished sixth in free throw percentage.
A number of milestones were established during the 1996-97 season. Inglese led the Eagles to a third-place finish in the BIG EAST Conference with a 13-5 record. The 13 BIG EAST victories were the most ever recorded by a Boston College women's team.
In her inaugural season at Boston College, Inglese led the Eagles to a 13-14 overall record, including a 9-9 mark in the BIG EAST. Inglese's success started right away as both records represented the program's best performances since the 1989-90 season. In addition, her second class of recruits was ranked No. 9 in the country by Blue Star Report.
Inglese arrived at Boston College after serving as head coach at the University of Vermont for seven seasons. During her tenure at Vermont, she became the winningest college basketball coach in the nation over the span of two seasons. Inglese's Vermont teams were undefeated in regular-season play in both 1991-92 (29-0) and 1992-93 (28-0). Inglese's Catamounts also became the first NCAA women's team ever to go undefeated in the regular season two consecutive years. Her Vermont teams posted 52 consecutive regular-season victories - an NCAA women's basketball record.
During her seven-year stay in Burlington, Inglese posted a 120-74 record. She was District I Coach of the Year, North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and a National Coach of the Year Finalist in 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93. In those three seasons, Vermont had a record of 79-9. Her Catamounts also won two North Atlantic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and Vermont was the first NAC team to earn an at-large berth to the 1992 and 1993 NCAA tournaments. The Catamounts also earned their first-ever national ranking (both the Associated Press and USA Today polls) under her guidance.
In addition to her coaching duties at Boston College, Inglese has worked with USA Basketball. Most recently, she was an assistant coach with the gold medal-winning World University Games team in the summer of 2005. Prior to that, she served as one of the court coaches for the USA Basketball Women's Summer Development Camp/R. William Jones Cup Team Trials (2000). Inglese was one of four coaches that worked with players that were competing for a roster spot on the Jones Cup team.
Inglese is also active in many off-court organizations and activities. Included among her many speaking engagements and public appearances have been stints with Reebok, USA Basketball and several clinics and camps. She is currently a voting member of the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and served as District I Coordinator of the WBCA Kodak All-America Committee.
A 1980 magna cum laude graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Inglese served as captain of the basketball team during her senior season. She was also a three-year letter winner on the softball team. As a senior, Inglese was selected as the school's outstanding female athlete and was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Athletic Hall of Fame. Inglese is also a member of the Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame.
After graduation from Southern Connecticut in 1980, she had professional tryouts with the Dallas Diamonds and New Jersey Gems. Inglese began her coaching career at Glastonbury (Conn.) High School that same year.
In 1983, she became assistant basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the University of New Hampshire, a position she held for three years until accepting the head coaching post at Vermont in 1986. Inglese earned a master of education in counseling from New Hampshire in 1987.
Inglese has been recognized for her contribution to basketball as a player and coach. In the summer of 2004, she was honored by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as the New England Division I Coach of the Year. In 2003, she was inducted into the hall of fame for her achievements as a coach, both at BC and at Vermont. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame (2000), the Tap-Off Club of Greater New Haven Hall of Fame, the Sheehan High School Hall of Fame (1997), and the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (1996). She will also be inducted into the New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame this year, for advancing the role of women in sports.
INGLESE'S COACHING HONORS
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COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE
The winningest college basketball coach in the nation for two seasons, leading the University of Vermont to regular season undefeated records in both 1991-92 (29-0) and 1992-93 (28-0).
The 52 consecutive regular season victories at Vermont established an NCAA women's basketball record.