NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College women's basketball head coach Billi Godsey announced the completion of her coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Tim Gardner joins the Maroon & Gold as assistant coach while former standout Haley D'Angelo joins the coaching staff as the director of basketball operations.
"I am excited to have Tim and Haley join in continuing the success of our program by joining the coaching staff," said Godsey. "They are familiar faces who care deeply about Iona women's basketball and I am looking forward to working with them."
Gardner most recently served as the director of basketball operations at Seton Hall University after previously holding the same position with the Gaels from 2011-13.
A season ago, the Pirates participated in the postseason for the first time since 2007, advancing to the Postseason WNIT Third Round for the first time. Seton Hall reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in 19 seasons and just the eighth overall.
Prior to joining the Iona staff, Gardner spent six seasons as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kean University in New Jersey. While at Kean, Gardner was an integral part of the most successful period in the history of the women’s basketball program. During his time, the team had a record of 147-35, winning three New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and making five NCAA Tournament appearances. In the five NCAA appearances, the team reached the Elite Eight three times and the Sweet Sixteen once.
D'Angelo, a three-year captain for the Maroon & Gold, helped the Gaels claimed their first MAAC Regular Season championship a season ago when Iona won a program record 26 games, including 18 in conference play. D'Angelo is seventh all-time in assists for the Gaels with 336, and appeared in 121 career games for Iona, sixth most all-time.
D'Angelo was a four-time MAAC All-Academic Team and finished her undergraduate degree in business administration and earned her marketing MBA while also at Iona.
In her role as the director of basketball operations, D'Angelo's responsibilities will include handling video work for the team, coordinating team travel, assisting with academic supervision of the players, as well as coordinating the team’s community service projects.
Iona, 26-6 a year ago, returns nine players from a season ago including MAAC Player of the Year Damika Martinez, First Team All-MAAC selection Joy Adams and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Aaliyah Robinson.