May 3, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - New Siena Women's Basketball Coach Ali Jaques has made her first big decision. Jaques has tabbed University of New Hampshire assistant Margaret Carey to serve as the Saints' top assistant coach. Carey will also serve as the program's recruiting coordinator and be involved in all aspects of the program.
"Margaret is one of the hardest working coaches I've ever met," said Jaques. "Everywhere she has coached she has made a tremendous impact as a teacher, recruiter and mentor. I am excited to see the positive impact I know she will make on our program and community. Siena College is lucky to have her in the Green and Gold."
Carey, 33, spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach at UNH. She brings more than a decade of coaching experience to Loudonville, having also served as head coach at Catholic University (2005-08) and as an assistant at Richard Stockton College (2001-05), Mount St. Mary's (2008-09) and Fordham (2009-10).
"I've know Coach Jaques for quite a long time," noted Carey. "She's a proven recruiter, great worker and an excellent coach. I'm elated to jump on board with her and help take this program to the next level."
Last season Carey helped guide the Wildcats to the program's winningest season in ten years and second-ever postseason appearance and first since 1999. UNH went 16-14 in 2011-12 - a seven-win improvement from the previous season - and made its first-ever appearance in the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Carey served as the recruiting coordinator at UNH and helped mentor 2011-12 America East All-Conference selections Denise Beliveau - who was one of ten finalists nationally for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - and Morgan Frame.
Prior to her stint at UNH, Carey spent a year at both Fordham and her alma mater Mount St. Mary's. As the recruiting coordinator for the Mountaineers, she helped guide the team to their best record in eight years.
As the head coach at Catholic, Carey amassed a 44-35 record over three seasons including a win over Division III Final Four participant Scranton in her first season.
Carey began her coaching career as an assistant at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. She helped the Ospreys to a 67-43 record while guiding the squad to a New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament title and appearances at the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2004-05 and the ECAC Championships during the 2002-03 season.
A 2001 graduate of Mount St. Mary's, Carey earned her B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications. She was a three-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers from 1997-00, accumulating 156 points, 64 rebounds, 23 steals and 91 assists. Carey helped the Mountaineers to two 20-win seasons, including a Northeast Conference regular season title in 1998-99.
A native of Ocean City, N.J., Carey is engaged to University of Maine pitching coach Jason Spaulding. One of seven children, Carey has two brothers who played Division I tennis. One brother, Anthony, was a 1996 MAAC Finalist in both singles and doubles at Loyola (Md.), and another brother, Joe, competed at Saint Joseph's.