Saule "Sunny" Vadopalaite enters her second season as an assistant coach on Ali Jaques' Siena Women's Basketball staff. The Vilnius, Lithuania native spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Lamar University.
"Sunny is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Jaques upon her appointment. "We are excited about her international background and proven ability to recruit European prospects. Our current players will enjoy her enthusiasm and love for the game of basketball."
Vadopalaite's first season with the Saints coincided with the program's most successful campaign in over a decade. Despite being forced to play with an active roster of just seven players for the final 30 games of the year, Siena persevered to achieve a 22-13 overall record during the 2014-15 season which marked the program's first winning season in 11 years and most victories in a dozen seasons. Siena's season culminated with a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational and the Saints became the first school in MAAC history to win three games in a national postseason tournament and advance to the championship game. Siena's 13-win improvement from the previous season was tied for the second best turnaround in all of Division I and the Saints' 12 true road wins were tied for the fourth most nationally.
Prior to joining the Saints, Vadopalaite spent the previous two seasons as Lamar's recruiting coordinator. During her four years at Lamar, the Lady Cardinals posted an 81-47 (.633) overall record including a 46-22 (.676) mark in the Southland Conference.
Lamar enjoyed winning seasons in all of Vadopalaite's four years with the program and made two WNIT Appearances (2011, 2014) and won a game in the WBI in 2013. Last season, the Lady Cardinals posted an 18-13 overall record and were Southland Conference Co-Regular Season Champions with a 13-5 league mark.
"I am beyond excited to come back to the Northeast and be a part of Coach Jaques' staff and become a member of the Saints' Family," said Vadopalaite upon her hiring. "Siena is a program on the rise and I look forward to helping Coach Jaques build a championship team."
Vadopalaite previously served as an assistant coach at Division III Kean (N.J.) University (2009-10) and Division II West Virginia Wesleyan (2007-09). During her only season at Kean, the team posted a 29-2 overall record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Vadopalaite played collegiately at both Long Island University (2002-04) and Division II Felician (N.J.) College (2004-06). Additionally, she was a member of the Lithuanian Junior National Team from 1998-01.
Vadopalaite graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. in Business Management and Marketing from Felician College in 2006. She earned her MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2009 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar. In 2012, Vadopalaite received a full scholarship to attend, and is a graduate of, the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.