April 16, 2012
SIENA, N.Y.-- Northwestern associate head coach Ali Jaques was named the head coach at Siena College, it was announced Thursday. Jaques, who just completed her fourth season in Evanston, becomes the Saints' eighth head coach and will begin her duties immediately.
"We are really excited for Ali and the opportunity to become the head coach at Siena," head coach Joe McKeown said. "They have great tradition and support at Siena and she will continue to build and grow the program. Coach Jaques has recruited and coached some of the most gifted student-athletes in the country and I know she will carry those core values to Loudonville. After working with her for the past six years, which included two years at George Washington where we advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, and knowing how much she contributed to our success at NU, I feel she is well prepared for the challenges of being a head coach. I have no doubt that she will be highly successful and also make an impact in the community."
"I am humbled and honored to be named the head coach at Siena," said Jaques. "The tradition of Siena Basketball's greatness is one I am extremely excited to be a part of. To be able to start my head coaching career at such a welcoming place with great people to support me made this decision simple."
During her time at NU, Jaques served as the recruiting coordinator for a program which boasted the 14th ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2011 and the No. 20 ranked recruiting class in 2009 according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Jaques helped guide the Wildcats to a pair of WNIT Appearances including a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2009-10. That season, the Wildcats increased their win total by 11 victories-- tied for the 10th best turnaround in the nation and fourth among BCS schools--and made its first appearance in postseason play in 13 years. Additionally, she mentored and coached All-American Amy Jaeschke who was the Wildcats' first player to be drafted in the WNBA. Jaeschke was the 27th pick overall and was selected by the Chicago Sky.
Jaques came to Northwestern with McKeown after serving as an assistant at George Washington from 2006-08. In her two seasons the Colonials went 55-11 and made consecutive appearances in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. George Washington was nationally ranked in both major polls for the majority of each season, and peaked to a No. 8 ranking in the AP Poll and No. 9 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today
Coaches' Poll on Feb. 5, 2007.
To view an interview with Coach Jaques, please click HERE.
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