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Cimino introduced as BU's new women's basketball coach

VESTAL, N.Y. – Linda Cimino was introduced as the new Binghamton’s basketball head coach on Friday afternoon at a press conference in the TAU Bearcat Room of the Events Center. She is the 13th head coach in the 41-year history of the program.
Cimino arrives from Caldwell College, where she led the Division II Cougars to a 128-100 record in eight years. This is includes a 90-52 mark the past four years. She arrives with the reputation as a top-notch recruiter, a tireless worker and an excellent developer of talent.

“Linda really stood out to me as an established head coach,” Director of Athletic Patrick Elliott said. “She has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and student-athlete welfare. Everybody I talked to told me how great of a recruiter she was. The other thing they told me that was special is that she just works. She is tireless. Going forward, our women’s basketball program is in great hands.”

“I was part of the process of interviewing the candidates,” Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said. “Every answer she gave to a question was perfect. She is going to fit in very well here.”

When she arrived at Caldwell in 2006, Cimino inherited a program that had won just eight games the previous season and had averaged just over nine wins a season the previous four years. After climbing to double-digit wins in her first campaign, Cimino boosted that total up to 18 wins in 2007-08 and the eight-game improvement ranked among the nation’s top-20. Her last four teams reached the 17-win plateau, highlighted by a 21-win team in 2010-11.

“Everybody that I talked to about the Binghamton job told me that it was the best mid-major job on the East Coast,” Cimino said. “I am honored to be standing here as the head coach. I think Binghamton is a sleeping giant in the America East and that we can do great things. I am really looking forward to building the program, developing the players that we have and bringing in some new players.”


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LINDA CIMINO
“Linda is a tremendous head coach and will do an outstanding job at Binghamton University. She is excellent at recruiting and does everything in a first-class way. She is very well respected in the basketball community and works extremely hard. Her excellence at connecting with others and her great passion and high energy will help her do a tremendous job.”
Kim Barnes-Arico
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
University of Michigan

“Linda is recognized for both her good eye for recruiting talent as well as her ability to develop players. She is going to bring in Binghamton student-athletes who will make the University proud both on and off the court. She knows how to build championship-level programs and will do so with integrity.”
Jean Burr
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Brown University

“Binghamton is one of the top academic institutions in the country and Linda is a great fit for the program. She is a tremendous recruiter, stresses high academics and is the type of coach people love playing for. She has a great personality and is always looking for the positive. Linda will do a great job at Binghamton.”
Tony Bozzella
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Seton Hall University

“I would like to wish Linda well in her new position at Binghamton University.  She has always had a bright and promising future ahead of her in our game. She will be a terrific addition to the Binghamton community.”
Mike McLaughlin
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
University of Pennsylvania

“Linda is a very good basketball coach, an excellent leader and a great person. I’m excited to see all of her success at the Division II level translate into Division I. She’s energetic, passionate and her players love playing for her. Not only will Linda be a tremendous asset to the basketball program, but to the Binghamton community as well.”
Joe Tartamella
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
St. John’s University
“I have known Linda for more than eight years and her passion for Women’s Basketball continues to grow every single day.  She is a hard working, committed and competitive coach who positively impacts the lives of everyone around her.  Binghamton Women’s Basketball is in great hands.”

Billi Godsey
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Iona College

“I have seen, first hand, a woman who not only teaches her student-athletes the skills and fundamentals necessary on the court to compete at their highest level, but someone who inspires and asks for the most from each individual, to be the best person they can be in their role on and off the court. The Binghamton University Women’s Basketball team will be greatly rewarded with Linda at the helm.”
Tina Cervasio
MSG Network/Fox 5 New York Sports/ESPN New York Radio 98.7 FM

“First of all, I believe Binghamton is getting a great coach and a great leader. Over her years at Caldwell, Linda has developed into an outstanding coach who has developed our program into a championship contender. She has the work ethic, passion and commitment that are necessary to be successful, and she truly cares about her student-athletes as people first. As a coach and administrator, Linda’s leadership skills have allowed her to motivate her players and staff to achieve at their highest potential. During her time at Caldwell, she has worked diligently to develop and prepare herself for this opportunity. Because of this preparation, without question she will be a tremendous addition to the Binghamton athletic community.”
Mark A. Corino
Executive Director of Athletics
Caldwell College

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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