BALTIMORE - When Loyola University Maryland women's basketball resumes action on Saturday, Dec. 20, there will be a familiar face on the Saint Peter's University sideline. The Peacocks' head coach Pat Coyle, who led the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1993 and `94, returns to Reitz Arena to coach against her former team.
Coyle, who led the Greyhounds from 1992-98, took over a Loyola team that went 26-113 in the previous five seasons. In her first year, the New Jersey native guided the Greyhounds to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winning record in nearly 10 years (14-15 overall, 8-6 MAAC).
In 1993, Coyle led the program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking on the University of Virginia after defeating Saint Peter's and Fairfield University in the MAAC Tournament. The following year, Loyola won it's second-consecutive MAAC Championship title, once again defeating Saint Peter's and Fairfield before taking on the University of Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Louisiana Tech.
Coyle compiled a winning-record of 100-77 during her seven seasons at Loyola. Coyle sits behind current head coach Joe Logan in the program's record books for the second most wins in Loyola women's basketball history.
All former student-athletes who played for Coyle are invited to bring their families, free of charge, to sit courtside and cheer on the Greyhounds. Reserve your tickets here.