Legendary UVM women’s basketball coach Cathy Inglese dies at age 60

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Inglese led UVM women's hoops to first NCAA tournament appearance

Former University of Vermont women’s basketball coach Cathy Inglese, who led the Catamounts to two undefeated seasons in the early 1990s, has died.

ESPN reports Inglese, who was 60, died Wednesday, a week after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fall.

Inglese’s family announced her death in a statement posted by her sister Nancy Inglese on Facebook.

“It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our sister and daughter Cathy Inglese,” Nancy Inglese wrote on behalf of her family. “We will miss Cathy sooo very much. Our thanks go out to everyone for their unbelievable love and support.”

According to UVM Athletics, Inglese’s teams had a 120-74 record in seven seasons at the school, from 1986 to 1993.

She led the Cats to their first two conference titles, in 1992 and 1993, and took the team to its first two NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship appearances. She was named America East Coach of the Year three times.

In a statment, UVM Athletic Director Jeff Schulman said there are “heavy hearts” in Catamount Country today.

“One of the best coaches and people that we’ve ever had, Cathy and her women’s basketball teams left a mark on the University of Vermont that will never be forgotten.”

“Sending love and thoughts to her family, friends and former players.”

Inglese left UVM for Boston College before the 1993 season, and coached there until 2008, leading the Eagles to the NCAA Sweet 16 three times.  She was head coach at Rhode Island from 2009 to ’14.

Inglese was hired as an assistant coach at Hofstra last month, ESPN reported.


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