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Cathy Inglese
Biographical details
Born (1958-12-16)December 16, 1958
Wallingford, Connecticut
Died July 24, 2019(2019-07-24) (aged 60)
Manhasset, New York
Playing career
1976–1980 Southern Connecticut
Position(s) Guard / Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1983 Glastonbury HS
1983–1986 New Hampshire (assistant)
1986–1993 Vermont
1993–2008 Boston College
2009–2014 Rhode Island
2017–2019 Fairleigh Dickinson (associate)
2019 Hofstra (assistant)

Catherine Mary Inglese (December 16, 1958 – July 24, 2019) was an American college basketball coach who served as the head coach for women's basketball programs for a total of 27 years, at the University of Vermont, Boston College, and the University of Rhode Island.

Collegiate coaching

In 1983, Inglese became assistant basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire, a position she held for three years.

Inglese served as the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts women's basketball team at the University of Vermont for seven seasons, starting in 1986. She put together a string of 57 consecutive regular season wins over two seasons going 29–0 in 1992, and 28–0 in 1993. She posted a 120–74 overall record at Vermont.

Inglese was the head women's basketball coach for the Boston College Eagles women's basketball team at Boston College from May 1993 until April 2008. She posted eight 20-win seasons with the Eagles, with seven NCAA tournament appearances, including three trips to the "Sweet 16" (round-of-16). In 2004, the Eagles won a school record 27 games, capturing their first-ever Big East championship. Her team defeated number one seed Ohio State in the 2006 NCAA tournament. Inglese resigned her position at Boston College in April 2008, following a second-round exit from the ACC women's basketball tournament and a third-round exit from the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Her overall record at Boston College was 273–129 (.604) in 15 seasons.

In April 2009, Inglese became head coach of the Rhode Island Rams women's basketball team at the University of Rhode Island. She coached the team for five seasons, compiling a record of 30–115 (.207). In March 2014, her contract was not renewed.

Inglese later worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University for two seasons (2017–18 and 2018–19), then was hired as an assistant coach at Hofstra University in June 2019.

USA Basketball

Medal record
Women’s Basketball
Assistant Coach for  United States
Gold Ízmir 2005 Team

Inglese served as an assistant coach of the USA women's basketball team at the World University Games (also known as the Universiade) held in Izmir, Turkey, in August 2005, under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard. The US team played their first game against the Czech Republic and won, 88–64, with the 24-point margin in that contest being the closest any team would come to beating the US. The team then defeated South Africa, China, and Poland to advance to the quarterfinals. They then beat Chinese Taipei and Russia, each by more than 50 points, to advance to the title game with Serbia & Montenegro. The US won the championship, 79–63, finishing with a 7–0 record and winning the gold medal.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vermont Catamounts (North Atlantic Conference) (1986–1993)
1986–87 Vermont 13–14 6–8 4th
1987–88 Vermont 8–18 4–10 T-5th
1988–89 Vermont 7–18 5–9 6th
1989–90 Vermont 13–5 6–6 4th
1990–91 Vermont 22–7 8–2 2nd Conference final
1991–92 Vermont 29–1 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
1992–93 Vermont 28–1 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
Vermont: 120–74
Boston College Eagles (Big East, ACC) (1993–2005)
Big East Conference
1993–94 Boston College 13–14 9–9 5th
1994–95 Boston College 6–21 3–15 10th
1995–96 Boston College 10–17 7–11 T-4th (BE 6)
1996–97 Boston College 18–10 13–5 3rd (BE 6)
1997–98 Boston College 17–11 11–7 4th (BE 6)
1998–99 Boston College 22–8 12–6 4th NCAA Second Round
1999–2000 Boston College 26–9 12–4 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
2000–01 Boston College 14–15 7–9 7th
2001–02 Boston College 23–8 12–4 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2002–03 Boston College 22–9 12–4 T-3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2003–04 Boston College 27–7 11–5 T-4th NCAA First Round
2004–05 Boston College 20–10 10–6 T-4th NCAA Second Round
Atlantic Coast Conference
2005–06 Boston College 21–12 6–8 T-6th (ACC) NCAA Sweet 16
2006–07 Boston College 13–16 3–11 10th
2007–08 Boston College 21–12 7–7 T-5th WNIT Sweet 16
Boston College: 273–129
119–85 Big East
 16–26 ACC
Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2009–2014)
2009–10 Rhode Island 9–20 2–12 T-12th
2010–11 Rhode Island 7–21 1–13 T-13th
2011–12 Rhode Island 1–28 0–14 14th
2012–13 Rhode Island 6–23 1–13 T-15th
2013–14 Rhode Island 7–23 2–14 11th
Rhode Island: 30–115
Total: 423–318

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion


Coaching honors

  • District I Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • National Coach of the Year Finalist (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Big East Conference Coach of the Year (1999)
  • New England Division I Coach of the Year (2004)


Personal life

Inglese graduated magna cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University in 1980, and later earned a master of education in counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 1987.

She was an inductee of several halls of fame, including at Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Vermont, and Boston College.

Inglese suffered a traumatic brain injury in an apparent fall in a stairwell sustained on July 17, 2019. She later underwent surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Inglese died from her injuries on July 24, 2019, at age 60.

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