Cathy Inglese
Cathy Inglese
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 5th year
Education: Southern Connecticut '80; New Hampshire, '87

Cathy Inglese - Coaching Honors/Accomplishments

  • Winningest coach in the nation for two seasons at Vermont (1991-92 and 1992-93)
  • NCAA record 52-consecutive regular-season victories (Vermont, 1991-93)
  • NCAA Tournament (1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2003, 2004, 2006)
  • America East Conference Tournament Champion (1992, 1993)
  • America East Conference Champion (1992, 1993)
  • America East Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • District I Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • National Coach of the Year Finalist (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Big East Conference Tournament Champion (2004)
  • Women's National Invitation Tournament (2008)
  • Big East Conference Coach of the Year (1999)
  • New England Division I Coach of the Year (2004)
  • New England Basketball Hall of Fame
  • University of Vermont Hall of Fame
  • Southern Connecticut Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame
  • Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Sheehan High School Hall of Fame
  • Tap-Off Club of Greater New Haven Hall of Fame
  • Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
  • New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame

Cathy Inglese - By The Numbers

  • 409 Total Victories (120-74 at Vermont, 273-197 at Boston College, 16-41 at Rhode Island)
  • 100 Percent Graduation Rate
  • 52 Consecutive Regular-Season Victories
  • 39 All-Conference Selections
  • 13 All-Rookie Selections
  • 11 20+ Win Seasons
  • 11 Season Ranked in the Top-25
  • 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 9 Different Hall of Fame Inductions
  • 7 All-District Selections
  • 6 WNBA Draft Picks
  • 5 All-Americans
  • 4 Time Conference Coach of the Year
  • 3 Time National Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 3 NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances
  • 3 Conference Tournament Titles
  • 3 Conference Players of the Year
  • 3 Academic All District Selections
  • 2 Conference Regular Season Titles
  • 2 Consecutive Undefeated Seasons at Vermont
  • 2 Conference Rookies of the Year

What They're Saying About Cathy Inglese...


Cathy Inglese, who reached the 400-win milestone at Albany on Jan. 2, 2010, was introduced as head coach of the University of Rhode Island women's basketball program on April 14, 2009.

Inglese owns a 416-345 (.547) career record in 26 seasons as a head coach and came to Rhode Island from Boston College, where she served as head coach from 1993-2008. There, the Wallingford, Conn. native registered a 273-179 (.604) record and led the Eagles to 20-or-more wins in eight of her 15 seasons in Chestnut Hill. She also guided Boston College to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the WNIT. Under her direction, the Eagles made three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (2003, 2004 and 2006) and posted a program-high national ranking of No. 14 (USA Today) at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Prior to her stint at Boston College, Inglese served as head coach at the University of Vermont for seven seasons, posting a 120-74 (.619) record. During that time, her Catamounts registered some of the best regular season performances in NCAA women's basketball history. From 1991-93, Inglese's UVM teams set an NCAA record for consecutive regular season wins. The 1991-92 team posted a 29-0 regular season record, while the 1992-93 squad finished the regular season with a 28-0 mark. It was the first time in NCAA history that a women's basketball team had consecutive undefeated regular seasons.

From 1990-93, Inglese's teams achieved an impressive 79-9 record while capturing two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) regular-season and tournament championships. Vermont became the first NAC team to earn an at-large berth to the 1992 and 1993 NCAA tournaments. The Catamounts also earned their first-ever national ranking (both the Associated Press and USA Today polls) under her guidance.

Equally as important, Inglese has established a barometer of success off the court as well. In her 26 of coaching at the Division I level, she has enjoyed a perfect graduation rate. Each student-athlete who has exhausted their eligibility under her direction has gone on to earn their degree.

In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Inglese has also spent time on several USA Basketball coaching staffs. Most recently, she was an assistant coach with the gold medal-winning World University Games team in the summer of 2005. Prior to that, she served as one of the court coaches for the USA Basketball Women's Summer Development Camp/R. William Jones Cup Team Trials (2000). Inglese was one of four coaches that worked with players competing for a roster spot on the Jones Cup team.

Following her 1998-99 season at BC, Inglese served as the coach of the 1999 BIG EAST/Nike Women's Basketball All-Star Team, which took a five-game tour of Belgium and Germany. The team finished the exhibition schedule with a 4-1 record.

Inglese is also active in many off-court organizations and activities. Included among her many speaking engagements and public appearances have been stints with Reebok, USA Basketball and several clinics and camps. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the WBCA and served as District I Coordinator of the Kodak All-America Committee.

A 1980 magna cum laude graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Inglese was a standout basketball and softball player. As a senior, Inglese was selected as the school's outstanding female student-athlete and was inducted into the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame (1992). Inglese is also a member of the Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame.

After graduation from Southern Connecticut in 1980, she had professional tryouts with the Dallas Diamonds and New Jersey Gems. Inglese began her coaching career at Glastonbury (Conn.) High School that same year.

In 1983, she became assistant basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the University of New Hampshire, a position she held for three years until accepting the head coaching post at Vermont in 1986. Inglese earned her master's degree in education (counseling) from New Hampshire in 1987.

Inglese has been recognized for her contribution to basketball as both a player and a coach. In the summer of 2004, she was honored by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as the New England Division I Coach of the Year. In the fall of 2008, she was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Vermont for her achievements as a coach.

Inglese is also a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame (2000), the Tap-Off Club of Greater New Haven Hall of Fame, the Sheehan High School Hall of Fame (1997) and the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (1996). She was inducted into the New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame in Nov. 2005, for advancing the role of women in sports.

Updated: 7/9/13