May 24, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Head Women's Basketball Coach Gina Castelli announced the promotion of Andrea Woodbury to Associate Head Coach today. Woodbury was Castelli's first appointment upon her hiring in 1990, and has served as the primary assistant coach since.
"I am very happy for Andrea because this is something she has deserved for quite some time," Castelli said. "She is an incredibly hard worker and is extremely loyal to Siena. We have been fortunate to have someone with her experience for so many years, and her longevity and commitment to the program is a big reason for our success through the years."
Working with Siena's talented pool of post players, Woodbury has developed a number of All-League performers in her 14 seasons in Loudonville. Most recently, Woodbury helped Gunta Basko become the first player to be twice-named Kodak District 2 All-American and Liene Jansone earn MAAC Player of the Year honors as a junior. In the 2001-02 season, Basko became just the third player to be named MAAC Player of the Year twice. She joins the likes of two-time winner Melanie Halker and Liz Lops, as players who fine tuned their skills under the direct instruction of Woodbury. Each of those three players was also named the MAAC Rookie of the Year, as was Jansone, who was also named MAAC Sixth Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Despite many highlights during her illustrious career in Loudonville, the past four seasons have unquestionably been the program's finest. Woodbury has helped the Saints capture four consecutive MAAC regular-season championships over that time period. The run began with a school second-best 24 wins and the program's first-ever MAAC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001. In 2002, the Saints made their second-straight postseason appearance boasting an impressive 23-7 record. Siena ripped off a school-record 19-game winning streak that year. In 2003, Siena made an unprecedented third-straight postseason appearance, reaching the second round of the WNIT. This past season, Siena overcame numerous obstacles to capture an unexpected MAAC regular-season crown, winning six straight games to end the regular season.
During Woodbury's tenure, Siena has reached the 20-win plateau seven times and has won six of the last seven MAAC regular-season championships. During that time, Siena has a conference record of 103-25. Overall, the Saints have a 161-76 record in conference play under Castelli and Woodbury.