LOUDONVILLE — Simone Asque has been named the new women’s volleyball coach at Siena College, the school announced Monday.
Asque joins Siena with seven years of Division I coaching assistance, the last four as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Seton Hall.
During her playing career, Asque was an All-ACC selection at Virginia who went on to play professionally for three seasons in Europe. She currently serves as a team captain for the Jamaican national team.
Prior to her four seasons at Seton Hall, Asque served on the coaching staffs at Coastal Carolina, NJIT and Illinois-Chicago.
“She is someone who stood out as an outstanding candidate from the very beginning of this process,” Siena athletic director John D’Argenio said in a release. “While she has been recognized as a young, rising star in the profession, her playing and coaching success speaks for itself, and has prepared her for this opportunity. Simone has a proven background of recruiting talented student athletes, but her strongest asset is her ability to coach with passion and empathy, while actively engaging her teams. She will be a tremendous partner as we continue to enhance the student athlete experience through a culture of support.”
“In my role as head coach, I look forward to supporting and inspiring phenomenal young women on their way to greatness,” said Asque, a Chicago native. “I am fully invested in empowering our student athletes to see what their dedication, strength, and mindset can unlock for them on and off the court.”
UNION’S MANLEY HONORED
TROY — Union senior guard Mike Manley has been named the Liberty League Men’s Basketball Performer of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Manley turned in the best week of his career, averaging 22.7 points per game on 47.8% shooting while scoring at least 20 points in all three of Union’s games as the Dutchmen went 2-1 in a trio of conference matchups. Prior to this week, Manley had scored 20 points in a game only once in his career.
Manley started the week with 20 points and five assists against Vassar, then scored another 20 in a win over RIT. Saturday against Hobart, he scored 19 of his 28 points in thes second half and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers.
On the season, Manley leads Union and is third in the Liberty League in scoring at 15.7 points per game and ranks third in the conference in both 3-pointers per game (3.1) and 3-point shooting percentage (41.1%).
O’DELL HONORED BY NE-10
MANSFIELD, Mass. — Saint Rose freshman forward Shane O’Dell has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced Monday.
O’Dell, a former Schalmont High School standout, had a monster game Thursday in an 86-75 win over Saint Michael’s. O’Dell put up 36 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 15 of 25 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
O’Dell ranks third in the NE-10 in scoring at 20.5 points per game and is ninth with 7.5 rebounds per game.