Gina Castelli, Camp Director
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Gina Castelli enters her 27th year as a head coach and fifth season on the Le Moyne bench. Castelli has posted a career coaching record of 396-350 (.531) in her 26 seasons as a head coach.
In her first season, Castelli led the Dolphins to a 15-13 overall record, a nine win improvement from the previous season. The Dolphins earned a berth into the NE-10 Championships and defeated Saint Anselm in the first round for the program’s first postseason win since 2008. Le Moyne's 15 wins tied the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons for the most since the 2001-02 team won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
In her second year on the Heights, the Dolphins went 17-14, including their second straight 10-10 record in Northeast-10 play. The Dolphins earned their second consecutive berth into the NE-10 Championships and defeated Merrimack College in the first round for the program's first postseason road victory since 2002. The 17 wins were the fourth-most in the program's 39-year history and were the most since the 2001-02 season.
Castelli came to Le Moyne after spending the 2012-13 season as the women’s basketball program’s Director of Player Development at the University of Rhode Island, a Division I program in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Prior to her stint at URI, Castelli served as the head women’s basketball coach at Division-I Siena College for 22 seasons.
“I can’t imagine a better pair of hands to place the future of Le Moyne women's basketball in than in the hands of Gina Castelli,” said Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett at the time of Castelli's hiring. “From day one, Gina has demonstrated a passionate, limitless vision for what Le Moyne women's basketball can and should be. We have hired a truly successful coach, a driven coach, a coach who has a proven record for going about things, and achieving things, the right way.”
Castelli, the winningest basketball coach in Siena history, registered a record of 336-296 (.532) over her 22 seasons in charge of the Saints, including a mark of 225-146 (.606) in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action, the third-most wins in the conference’s history. Named the MAAC Coach of the Year five times (1991, ’94, ’98, ’01 and ’02) and the New York State Coach of the Year twice (1991 and 1999), she led the Saints to seven MAAC Regular Season Championships (1994, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’02, ’03 and ’04), while winning the MAAC Tournament championship during the 2000-01 season.
The Saints won at least 20 games seven times during her tenure in Loudonville. Additionally, Siena made four postseason appearances, including berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in 1999, 2002 and 2003. In the 1999 WNIT, the Saints hosted and defeated Georgetown of the BIG EAST, while hosting and topping Seton Hall, also of the BIG EAST, in 2003. The 2002-03 squad set a program record by winning 25 games, while Castelli guided the 2001-02 team to a program-record 19 consecutive victories.
Castelli, who graduated 100-percent of her student-athletes, guided 41 of her student-athletes to All-Conference honors, while 11 were named to the All-Rookie Team. Seven of her players were named MAAC Player of the Year, four were tabbed Rookie of the Year, three earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and one was selected as the Sixth Player of the Year. Upon completing their eligibility, 20 of Castelli’s student-athletes continued their careers professionally, including five that are still active.
In the classroom, Castelli’s teams have enjoyed unparalleled success. Siena was recognized by the NCAA in 2006-07 and 2007-08 for recording a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of all Division I women’s basketball programs. The Saints landed in the top-32 in 2007 and top-35 in 2008 for their APR. In the 2009 NCAA Division I Federal Graduation Rates and NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, Siena registered a 93-percent GSR compared to the national average of 83-percent. In 2011, two student-athletes earned MAAC All-Academic Team accolades. Of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field in 2001, Stanford was the only other institution to have graduated 100 percent of its incoming player over a seven-year span. In 2003, Siena tied for the national lead with a 100-percent graduation rate.
Prior to assuming the reins of the Siena program as the fourth-youngest coach in Division I at the time (27), Castelli served as an assistant coach for the Saints for the 1989-90 season. During the 1986-87 season, Castelli was an assistant coach at Marquette University under her collegiate coach, Sister Maria Pares.
An active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and a former WBCA captain, Castelli has previously served on the NCAA East Regional Advisory Committee, USA Today Top-25 Selection Committee and NCAA Gender Equity sub-committee. Off the court, Castelli has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Girls Inc., Albany Boys and Girls Club, Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!), Miracle League and Ronald McDonald House. During her partnership with CRAAB!, Castelli helped raise $75,000 over three years through breast cancer awareness games. In 2008, she received the Susan G. Koman BMW Hero Award and then was a recipient of the Women of Excellence Award in 2010 from the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
Castelli, who graduated from Canisius College in 1986 with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and a K-12 Teaching Certification, was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Griffs. She completed her career as the second-leading scorer in the history of the program (1,524 points, currently 5th). At the time of her graduation, Castelli made the most field goals (682, eclipsed in 2002, still 2nd), had the top free-throw percentage (82.9, surpassed in 2009, still 2nd), dished out the most assists (578, exceeded in 1993, still 3rd) and recorded the most steals (273, topped in 1993, still 3rd) in the program’s history. Additionally, Castelli still holds the record for the most assists in a single-season, 218, which she dished out in 1983-84. A 1997 and 2012 (for her 1982-83 team’s accomplishments) inductee into the Golden Griffin Hall of Fame, Castelli earned Academic All-America accolades during her playing career.
Mary Grimes, Associate Head Coach
Le Moyne College head women's basketball coach Gina Castelli announced on July 19, 2017 the hiring of Mary Grimes as an assistant coach. Grimes fills the position left vacant by Cristina Centeno, who accepted a position on the staff at Appalachian State University.
"I feel incredibly fortunate to have Mary Grimes join our coaching staff!" said Castelli, who is entering her fifth season with the Dolphins. "I was lucky to coach her as a player and now I feel blessed to have her alongside me serving as associate head coach! Everywhere Mary has been, winning has followed her! As a player, she was part of Siena's NCAA team and as a coach, she helped rebuild both SU and UAlbany to winning programs! I am excited for our Le Moyne women's basketball program to have a coach with immense passion, care, work ethic and leadership! It is another great step for our program!"
Grimes returns to the sidelines of the Dolphins after spending two seasons as an assistant under Jeanne Dupree from 2003-05. In her prior stint with the Dolphins, she assisted with practice plans, on-court instruction, recruiting and scouting. She also organized team travel, film exchange and individual skill instruction and monitored student-athlete academic progress.
Grimes comes back to the Heights from the University at Albany, where she spent the last seven years. She served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the highly-successful women's basketball team from 2010-16. The Great Danes won five consecutive America East Conference Championships from 2012-16 and earned berths in the NCAA Championships each of those five seasons. UAlbany went 146-47 in the six years that Grimes was on the staff, including a mark of 107-23 over the final four seasons. The Great Danes were 83-13 in America East competition, including 60-4 to claim four consecutive America East regular season titles over the last four years of her tenure. In her role with the Great Danes, she was responsible for all recruiting duties, including identifying potential prospects (domestic and international), analyzing their fit to the program and making contact with the players and coaches, while also coordinating official visits, unofficial visits and home visits. She was also responsible for game scheduling of opponents for future seasons, scouting opponents and developing game strategies along with player development of guards, on floor coaching and assisting with practice planning.
Prior to her time at UAlbany, Grimes was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Syracuse University for five years. With the Orange, she was an assistant coach from 2005-10 and added recruiting coordinator duties for the final two years. She was responsible for scouting reports and pre/post-game film breakdown, assisting with strategies and game planning for opponents and on-floor coaching. She was also the liaison for strength and conditioning and monitored student-athlete academic progress. As recruiting coordinator, she was responsible for recruiting the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report's eighth-ranked class in 2009. The Orange posted a 16-win improvement from Grimes' first season on the staff (nine wins) to her final season under head coach Quentin Hillsman (25 wins). The Orange earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 after going 22-8 prior to the announcement of the tournament field. The Orange appeared in the WNIT in 2009 and advanced to the 2010 WNIT quarterfinals.
Grimes is a 2003 graduate of Siena College, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in marketing and management. Grimes was a four-year member of the Saints' women's basketball team under the direction of Castelli, who was assisted by Hillsman during Grimes' freshman and sophomore seasons. Grimes started 93 of 119 games played as a Saint, scored 770 points, grabbed 288 rebounds, dished out 220 assists and posted 123 steals. The Saints were the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season champions in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and captured the MAAC Tournament Championship in 2001 to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Saints appeared in the WNIT in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the second round in 2003.
Lauren Salzbrenner, Graduate Assistant
Lauren joins the Le Moyne Women's Basketball team as a Graduate Assistant for the 2017-2018 season. She graduated from Le Moyne in 2016.