DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head women's basketball coach Sue Johnson has announced that assistant coach Mary Kalich will be leaving the program and Emily Caschera and Helen Ridley will be promoted within the coaching staff, effective May 19.
After seven years as an assistant coach with the Wildcats, Kalich is leaving coaching to work at the St. Charles Children's Home in Rochester, N.H. Responsible for the development of UNH's post players, Kalich helped forwards Danielle Clark and Ray Williams earn All-Conference honors for the 2005-06 season.
"Mary has made tremendous contributions to the program over the past seven years. She will be missed but we wish her well in her new endeavor in the community," Coach Johnson said.
Caschera, now the second assistant coach, continues to work her way up the UNH coaching ladder, joining Coach Johnson's staff as the graduate assistant coach in 2003 before being named as the third assistant coach during the summer of 2004. During her UNH playing career from 1999-2003, Caschera was a tri-captain and starter in her senior season and was named to the America East Honor Roll in each of her four seasons.
A graduate assistant coach this past season, Ridley now assumes the third full-time assistant coach position previously held by Caschera. Ridley joined the Wildcat program after a four-year playing career at Quinnipiac University and is presently pursuing her master's degree in Kinesiology:Sport Studies at UNH.
"I'm excited to promote Emily and Helen as they are outstanding coaches who are more than ready to take on the challenges of their new positions," said Coach Johnson.
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball program, a member of the America East Conference, is coming off its second consecutive winning season at 15-13. In 2005-06, the Wildcats boasted victories over MAAC champion Marist College and Atlantic-10 school University of Massachusetts.