October 11, 2012

Women's Basketball Announces Hires and Promotion to 2012-13 Staff

MIKE ROUX
BRENDAN COPES
KERRY CASHMAN

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity has announced a restructuring of the staff with two hires and a promotion for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Mike Roux, an assistant coach both of Magarity's initial two years at UNH, has been elevated to the position of associate head coach while Brendan Copes joins the Wildcats' women's basketball staff as an assistant coach and Kerry Cashman is the new director of operations.

"I am excited about the restructuring of the staff for this upcoming season and believe these three individuals will help us continue to achieve new heights," said Magarity, who guided the Wildcats to 16 victories and a Women's Basketball Invitational tournament berth last season.

"Mike has certainly earned this promotion," she added. "He has worked extremely hard and has played an instrumental role in all aspects of our program. Brendan brings a wealth of experience as a head coach.  He has worked and played for coaches I have tremendous respect for and he brings a great work ethic. Kerry's enthusiasm and success as an all-conference player in the America East makes her a wonderful addition to our staff."

Roux joined the UNH staff in 2010 after serving as an assistant coach with the women's basketball program at Holy Cross. Prior to his stint with the Crusaders, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University, where he helped lead the Penmen to an overall record of 18-11 during the 2008-09 campaign.

Prior to coaching at SNHU, Roux spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Assumption College women's basketball team. From 2003-05 Roux was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's basketball team at Nichols College, and during the 2002-03 season he was an assistant coach for the boys basketball team at the Bromfield School. Roux began his coaching career as the freshman boys basketball coach at Nashoba Regional High School while an undergraduate student at Assumption.

A 2002 graduate of Assumption, Roux was a member of the soccer team and assisted the women's basketball team as a member of the practice squad.

Copes spent over four years as the head women's basketball coach at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. As the supervisor of the program, Copes was responsible for all coaching and training duties and also assisted with the recruitment and assessment of prospective student-athletes. Copes was also the Director of Physical Testing at USMAPS, where he coordinated and monitored physical performance programs for over 250 West Point-bound cadets.

Prior to arriving at USMAPS, Copes was an administrative assistant coach for the men's basketball staff at Marist College, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program including film breakdown, community outreach, player development and potential recruiting strategies.

Copes earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from Marist in 2003 and was a member of the basketball team. As a player, he helped the Red Foxes win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2002 and served as a team captain in his senior season. Additionally, he earned an M.P.A in Public Administration from Marist in 2007.

Cashman is a 2011 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Hospitality Administration and was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team. Cashman was a two-time captain for the Terriers and had a breakout senior season in which she averaged 7.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game; with those numbers, she ranked third in rebounding and second in blocks in the America East conference en route to being named to the All-Conference Third Team.

She also excelled in the classroom. The Newfields, N.H. native and former Exeter Area High School standout was named to the 2011 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and the 2010 Academic Honor Roll.

Cashman has held the position of New Hampshire Rivals (Manchester, N.H.) head coach since March 2012. Her collegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at Lesley University (Cambridge, Mass.) in the 2011-12 season; her responsibilities included creation and execution of practice plans as well as development of post players.

UNH opens the 2012-13 season with three consecituve road games beginning Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) at Yale University. The Wildcats' home opener is Nov. 25 (1 p.m.) against Cornell University.

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