Gail Striegler is out as LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball coach

LIU Brooklyn Women's Basketball Head Coach Gail Striegler will not return to coach the Blackbirds next season. (Photo: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Head Coach Gail Striegler will not return to coach the Blackbirds next season. (Photo: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn Athletics this afternoon announced that seven-year women’s basketball head coach Gail Striegler has been relieved of her duties.

Striegler just completed a 9-21 season (6-12 in the NEC) at LIU Brooklyn and finished in the eight-seed in the 2015 NEC women’s basketball tournament. LIU Brooklyn lost to top-seeded Central Connecticut State 72-51.

Striegler had just completed her seventh season in Downtown Brooklyn as women’s basketball head coach. She guided her teams to a 96-115 record (.455 win percentage) in her seven seasons.

She came to LIU before the 2008-09 season in replacing current Fordham women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Gaitley who had left LIU to become women’s head basketball coach at Monmouth. Striegler inherited a team that went 24-8 and 13-5 in the NEC the season before. In Striegler’s first season at LIU, her team went 9-20 and 4-14 in the NEC.

The next three seasons was Striegler’s best at LIU. Her teams went a combined 62-31 overall and 33-19 in the NEC. Her best season at LIU was in her second season in which LIU finished 22-10 and 12-4 in the NEC before losing to Saint Francis U. in the NEC championship game. She got her only two NEC tournament wins that season.

In the last three seasons, things went sour for Striegler and her program. She went a combined 25-64 overall and 17-37 in the NEC in that span. She guided her teams to an eight-seed in the NEC tournament in the last two seasons.

Striegler guided her teams to five NEC tournaments in her seven seasons. She went 2-5 in LIU’s five NEC tournament trips.

Striegler got her 200th career win back on February 7th in a home win against Saint Francis U.

In the last couple of seasons, LIU has struggled on the offensive end. This season, they finished sixth in the NEC in scoring offense at 64 points per game but were dead last in the NEC last season at 60 points per game.

Her entire coaching staff is also being let go along with her. LIU Brooklyn has announced they will begin a national search for their next head women’s basketball coach.

**UPDATE** (8/2/15): Gail Striegler has been hired by Minnesota as their new assistant coach on the women’s basketball team.

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