|Position:||Director of Player Development|
Gina Castelli begins her first season as Rhode Island's Director
of Player Development in 2012-13. She comes to URI after spending
the past 22 seasons as the head coach at Siena College.
The winningest coach in Siena Basketball history, Castelli posted a 336-296 (.532) overall record including a 225-146 (.606) mark in the MAAC. A five-time MAAC Coach of the Year (1991, '94, '98, '01, '02), she also guided the Saints to seven MAAC Regular Season Titles (1993-94, '97-'98, '98-'99, '00-'01, '01-'02, '02-'03, '03-'04) as well as the MAAC Tournament title during the 2000-01 campaign.
Under Castelli's guidance, Siena also posted seven 20-win seasons and made four postseason appearances, playing in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and the WNIT in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
Castelli - who boasts a perfect 100% graduation rate as a head coach - has coached 39 All-Conference selections, seven Players of the Year and four Rookie of the Year award winners. Additionally, 20 of her former players have gone on to play professionally.
Castelli spent the 1989-90 season as an assistant at Siena, under then head coach Jim Jabir. A year later, she became the fourth youngest coach in Division I at the time (27), and quickly engraved her name in MAAC history by guiding the Saints to a 21-7 record and a second-place finish in the league. That year, she also won the first of her five MAAC Coach of the Year awards and was selected as the New York State Division I Coach of the Year - an honor which she repeated in 1999.
Off the court, Castelli's student-athletes have enjoyed benchmark success in the classroom. The Siena women's basketball team posted a 93% cohort Graduation Success Rate compared to the national average of 83% in the 2009 NCAA Division I Federal Graduation Rates and NCAA GSR Report. The Saints were recognized in 2006-07 and 2007-08 by the NCAA for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of all Division I women's basketball programs. Siena was among 32 institutions in 2006-07 and 35 in 2007-08 after securing an impressive multi-year APR.
Additionally, two Saints earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors awarded at the conclusion of the 2010-11 campaign. Siena tied for the national lead in 2003 with a 100% graduation rate according to the NCAA report. The program was also one of just two (Stanford) in the 64-team NCAA Tournament in 2001 to have graduated 100 percent of incoming players over a seven-year period.
A 1986 graduate of Canisius, Castelli finished her collegiate career as one of the greatest players in program history, ranking third in scoring (1,524 points), assists (578) and steals (273). She was inducted into the Golden Griffin Hall of Fame in 1997. A true student-athlete, Castelli was also recognized as an Academic All-American during her time at Canisius.
Castelli is an active member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and previously served as WBCA captain. She also has served as a nominator for the USA Today Top-25 Coaches' Poll and was a member of the NCAA East Regional Advisory Committee from 1999-2002.
In her spare time, she has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Girls Inc., the Albany Boys & Girls Club, the Miracle League and the Ronald McDonald House. She also has been involved with Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer and - over a three-year span - helped raise $75,000 through breast cancer awareness games.