Former Loyola Coach Wins First Game With New York Liberty

July 7, 2004

New York, N.Y. - Patty Coyle, Loyola head women's basketball coach from 1992 to 1998, emerged victorious in her WNBA coaching debut, defeating the Sacramento Monarchs by a 73-66 score on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Coyle replaced the fired Richie Adubato earlier in the week.

"This is a great promotion for Patty," says Loyola Head Women's Basketball Coach Candy Cage. "She's a great X's and O's coach and I'm sure she'll have a lot of success in New York."

Coyle is Loyola's most successful women's basketball coach, winning 100 games during her seven-year stint at Evergreen. After a 14-15 record her first season at the helm, Coyle led Loyola to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1995. The 1994-95 squad finished the year with a 20-9 overall record, a feat Coyle would duplicate in 1997-98. Coyle finished her time at Evergreen with a 100-77 win-loss record.

"Patty Coyle put Loyola women's basketball on the map," says Cage. "We've been trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament ever since she left. She really means a lot to the program."

On Tuesday night, Coyle used 26 points from Liberty star Becky Hammon to win her first game as interim head coach. The Liberty return to action this Thursday night when they host the Washington Mystics at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.