June 1, 2004
Baltimore, MD - Loyola head women's basketball coach Candy Cage announced Tuesday that current assistant coach Mark Miller has been promoted to associate head coach while Loyola alumni Desiree Peterkin has been hired as an assistant coach.
Miller, an assistant at the Evergreen since 2001, has worked with Cage throughout his career. Miller began coaching at Middletown (MD) High School as the head girls basketball coach from 1987-1991. From 1991-92 Miller first worked with Cage as an assistant at Mount St. Mary's. He returned to Middletown from 1992-98 for a total of 11 seasons and a career record of 237 victories, two state titles and six regional titles. At the conclusion of his work with the Knights, Miller once again joined Cage as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech from 1998-2001. When Cage was hired at Loyola, she quickly hired Miller as an assistant. At Loyola, Miller has been responsible for scouting and player development and works primarily with the Greyhound post players.
"Mark has been with me for a long time," Cage said. "We are entering our fourth year here at Loyola and have worked together for over a decade. He's an integral part of our program and his new position solidifies that fact."
Peterkin, a 2001 Loyola graduate, joins the staff for the 2004-05 season replacing former assistant Alisha Mosley. Peterkin was a member of the Greyhound women's basketball team from 1997-2001. After graduation, Peterkin followed then Loyola coach Cindy Griffin to St. Joseph's University where she worked as the Director of Basketball Operations for two years. Most recently, Peterkin has served as an assistant coach at LaSalle University, assisting in every facet of the program.
"We're excited to have Desiree join our staff here at Loyola," Cage said. "She comes with a lot of experience from two outstanding Atlantic 10 programs and she loves Loyola. Having an alum on staff will be an added bonus."
The Greyhounds finished the 2002-03 season with a 14-15 record overall and 9-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They return four starters, 11 letterwinners as well as two red-shirts for the 2003-04 year.