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Castelli named Le Moyne coach

by Amy Moritz

Canisius College Hall of Famer Gina Castelli is back in the head coaching game.

Le Moyne College named Castelli their women's basketball coach today. She spent this past season as the Director of Player Development at Rhode Island after she spent 22 seasons as the head coach for Siena. After the 2011-12 season, Siena and Castelli had reached a "mutual decision" to part ways.

Castelli is the winningest coach in Siena basketball history with a 336-296 record (.532). She went 225-146 in the MAAC for the third-most wins in conference history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year five times (1991, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002) and led the Saints to seven regular season conference titles and one MAAC tournament championship in 2001.

A 1986 graduated of Canisius, her 1,524 career points ranks fifth in program history while her 578 assists and 273 steals rank third. She was induced into the Golden Griffins' Hall of Fame in 1997.

She takes over a Le Moyne program which finished this past season at 6-20 overall and 4-18 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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