Anderson now St. Joe's women's coach

College Basketball

April 26, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Cindy Anderson, the Loyola women's basketball coach for the past two seasons and part of a third, was officially announced as the coach at St. Joseph's today.

Anderson, 31, accepted the job on Monday, replacing Stephanie Gaitley, who was fired at the beginning of April.

For Anderson, the move represents a chance to coach in her native Philadelphia area, and at her alma mater. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Anderson starred as the Hawks made three straight NCAA appearances.

"When I was growing up, I used to drive down to St. Joe's games," Anderson told the Associated Press. "Ever since then, I wanted to go there."

She also served briefly as an assistant coach at St. Joseph's before following her college coach, Jim Foster, to Vanderbilt, then moving to Loyola in 1995 as an assistant to Patty Coyle.

When Coyle left for the WNBA's New York Liberty in December 1998, Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan promoted Anderson to head coach.

Since then, Anderson has led the Greyhounds to a 48-33 record, including three consecutive trips to the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

"It is clear that she will bring the same passion and leadership to representing Saint Joseph's as a coach that she did as a player," St. Joseph's athletic director Don DiJulia said. "We welcome her back to Hawk Hill and look forward to continuing the proud tradition of SJU women's basketball."

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