After a lengthy nationwide search (60 days to be exact from when the search began on March 20th), LIU Brooklyn officially announced their eleventh women’s head basketball coach in Seton Hall assistant coach Stephanie Oliver. Oliver will succeed former women’s head coach Gail Striegler who was let go by the school back on March 20th.
Oliver recently completed her second season as an assistant at Seton Hall under Pirates’ women’s basketball head coach Tony Bozzella who coached LIU Brooklyn from 2000-2002 and guided the Blackbirds to their only NCAA tournament appearance back in 2001. Seton Hall last season finished 28-6 and went to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995. The season before Seton Hall finished 20-14 and made it all the way to the third round of the WNIT.
Before Oliver’s arrival at Seton Hall, she was the head coach at the University of Bridgeport (Division II) in Bridgeport, CT for three seasons from 2010 to 2013. She finished 43-42 (.505 win percentage) at Bridgeport. Her best season was in her final year in 2012-13 in which her team went 18-10.
Oliver also spent time as an assistant and briefly as an interim head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology (Division III) from 2008 to 2010 as well as an assistant at Caldwell College now known as Caldwell University (Division II) in 2006-07.
Oliver played her college ball at Marist from 2000 to 2004. She finished her college career with 1,114 points and 670 rebounds. She help guide the Red Foxes to their first-ever MAAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance in her senior season in 2004 and was named MAAC tournament MVP that season.
Stephanie Oliver will inherit a LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team that finished 9-21 and in eighth-place in the Northeast Conference standings last season. LIU has not had a winning season since 2011-12. LIU Brooklyn finished sixth in the NEC in scoring offense (64.2 ppg), eighth in scoring defense (70.3 ppg allowed), and ninth in field goal percentage (37%).
LIU will lose at least one player from this year’s roster in senior Letava Whippy due to graduation. Senior guard Ashley Brown could return for as a fifth-year senior if she elects due to a medical redshirt in her junior year.
Congratulations to Coach Oliver and welcome to LIU Brooklyn. Good luck and hopefully many years of success.