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Women's Basketball: Siena adds McCormick

Women's Basketball: Siena adds McCormick

Stephanie McCormick has been added to Siena head coach Ali Jaques’ staff as an assistant with the wo

Stephanie McCormick has been added to Siena head coach Ali Jaques’ staff as an assistant with the women’s basketball team.

McCormick spent the past four seasons as the recruiting coordin-ator at North Carolina State and will serve in that capacity with the Saints.

“Stephanie McCormick is a fantastic addition to our staff,” Jaques said in a release. “Her experience, passion for the game of basketball and optimistic attitude towards everything she encounters will have an immense impact on our program.”

McCormick brings 19 years of Division I coaching experience to the Saints, having served at five different schools. Her teams have made eight postseason appearances with four apiece in both the NCAA Tournament and WNIT.

McCormick spent the past nine years serving under Kellie Harper at both Western Carolina (2004-09) and N.C. State (2009-13). During that time, she helped guide those schools to three NCAA tournament and four WNIT berths.

“I’m fired up to have the opportunity to work with coach Jaques and a great group of people,” McCormick said. “I believe that she has the program going in a championship direction, and I look forward to helping Siena achieve that goal.”

The Wolfpack made three postseason appearances during McCormick’s four seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. That season, her recruiting efforts helped land the 19th best recruiting class in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball, a class ranked 28th by ESPN HoopGurlz and 29th by Premier Scouting Service.

McCormick began her coaching career at Western Carolina from 1994-97, then helped guide the Catamounts to four postseason berths in her five seasons during her second stint there, including a pair of Southern Conference Titles.

She also oversaw the program’s academic success which captured three WBCA Academic Top 25 awards in five seasons, including a No. 5 ranking in 2007-08.

Prior to her second stint at Western Carolina, McCormick also made coaching stops at Georgia Tech (2003-04), Charlotte (2001-03) and UNC-Wilmington (1997-01). She was the recruiting coordinator at both Georgia Tech and Charlotte, which boasted the No. 5 and No. 24 ranked recruiting classes in the country in 2004 and 2002, respectively, according to the All Star Girls Report.

A native of High Point, N.C., McCormick is a 1994 graduate of Catawba College and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in April. The first player in school history to amass both 1,000 career points and rebounds, she holds Catawba’s school record for both career (1,244) and single season rebounds (374).

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