July 6, 2006
Providence, RI - Brown head women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr announced the promotion of Cindy Blodgett and Katie Toole along with the addition of Kristen Piscadlo to her assistant coaching staff for the 2006-07 season. Blodgett, entering her second year with the Bears, will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator while Toole will take over Blodgett's former position after spending last season as a volunteer assistant on Burr's staff. Piscadlo comes to College Hill from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she served as the starting point guard for the Mules. Brown captured the 2006 Ivy League Title after finishing the year with an 18-10 overall and 11-2 Ivy mark.
A four-time Kodak All-American, Blodgett was just the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring for two consecutive seasons, averaging over 27 point per game in her sophomore and junior years at Maine. She finished her career with the Black Bears with 3,005 points, breaking a total of 20 school records. She led Maine to its first four appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the school's history. In addition, she earned Academic All-American honors.
After her storied career at the University of Maine, Blodgett went on to play in the WNBA from 1998-2002. Drafted sixth overall in 1998, she played for the Cleveland Rockers for one season, before going on to play with the Sacramento Monarchs for three seasons.
Toole played an integral role in the success of the team last season as she was responsible for the team's shooters and assisted with scouts. This season she will work as a national recruiter, scout and shooting specialist for the skill development of all players.
Toole came to Brown from Manhattanville College where she served as an assistant coach for two years. A 2000 graduate of Sacred Heart, Toole excelled as an outside shooter for the Pioneers. She finished her career at Sacred Heart second all-time in three-pointers made, and she also holds second place for three-pointers made in a game.
Piscadlo has ample coaching experience, working as a coaching assistant at several summer basketball leagues and camps in the New Jersey area for the last five years. She served as an assistant coach for the AAU club New Jersey Rising Stars from 2003-2005. As a player, she captained the women's basketball team at Muhlenberg her senior year, leading the Mules to the Centennial Conference Championship. Piscadlo finished her career as the school`s all-time assists leader with 424. In 2005, she ranked 17th in the nation in assists per game.