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Returning for her fourth year as Loyola College's head women's basketball coach, Candy Cage will look to improve upon her squad's last three seasons.
In the 2003-04 season, Cage and her troops had their most successful run. The squad finished the season with a 14-15 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. That record was good enough for fifth place in the tournament bracket. The `Hounds started the tournament with a 79-65 win over Rider. In the second round, Loyola faced the fourth seeded Canisius and fell in a physical battle, 72-70. Sophomore Katie Scherle earned the Greyhounds a spot on the All-MAAC team.
Cage's first recruiting class included MAAC Rookie of the Year Scherle. The Greyhounds finished the season at 11-17 overall and 7-11 in the MAAC. Shontrese Smith was named as a third-team All-MAAC selection for her efforts.
In Cage's first season as head coach, Loyola saw highs and lows with an overall record of 12-17 and a 5-13 record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) competition. Katie Netherton was selected as a third team All-MAAC selection and was a second team District II Verizon Academic All-America. The Greyhounds also earned several weekly MAAC honors with both Netherton and Jennifer Mitchell earning Player of the Week honors and Robbyn Poole picking up two Rookie of the Week selections.
Cage came to the Evergreen campus after five years on the women's basketball coaching staff at the Georgia Institute of Technology under veteran head coach Agnus Berenato. She was an assistant at Georgia Tech for three years before being promoted to the position of associate head coach prior to the 1999-2000 season. Cage served as the Yellow Jackets' recruiting coordinator and assisted in all other facets of the program.
During her stint at Georgia Tech, Cage was responsible for signing nine prep All-Americans and honorable mention All-Americans, including Georgia Tech's first ACC Rookie of the Year, Niesha Butler. Cage also helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) twice, including the final eight of that tournament in 1999-2000.
Prior to her appointment at Georgia Tech, Cage served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD, from 1991-1996. During Cage's five-year tenure there, the Mount posted an outstanding 114-29 overall record, including five consecutive Northeast Conference (NEC) Championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 1994 and 1995. Cage was instrumental in recruiting the Mount's first Academic All-American, Amy Langville, and the Player of the Year from the state of Delaware, Megan Gardiner, who went on to be named the NEC's Rookie of the Year. In addition, Cage and the rest of the Mount St. Mary's coaching staff were recognized by the NEC as the Coaching Staff of the Year four times.
A 1986 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Cage also earned a master's degree in education while serving as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater in 1987. A four-year letterwinner, Cage played point guard for the Eagles and finished her career among the school's all-time leaders in assists.
Before joining the staff at The Mount, Cage was the Head Girls' Basketball Coach at Northern High School in Owings, MD for two seasons after spending a year as an assistant at the school. Northern had won just three games in the season before Cage took over, but she guided the program to 37 victories in her two years as head coach. For her efforts, Cage was named the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1989-90.
Cage also served as varsity head basketball coach at Catawba High School in Rock Hill, SC during the 1987-88 season. There, she guided the program to a 23-7 record, including a second-place finish in the state tournament, and was named South Carolina "Conference AA" Coach of the Year.
Cage, 39, is a native of Prince George's County, MD, and a graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School. She resides in Baltimore.