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Linda Cimino arrives at Binghamton University after a successful eight-year run as the head coach at Caldwell College. She was the program’s all-time leader in win with a 128-100 record. This includes a 90-52 mark in her final five years at the helm. In the four years prior to her tenure, Caldwell went 39-71.
Caldwell won the 2011 Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship and shared the title in 2013. In both 2013 and 2014, Caldwell advanced to the CACC Tournament championship game. Furthermore, Caldwell earned a bid to the ECAC Division II Tournament twice during her career.
The most successful season Cimino had at Caldwell was in 2010-11, when the squad finished 21-6 and was ranked as high as seventh in the Division II East Regional rankings. Two years later, Caldwell ran off a program-record 15-game winning streak.
Recruiting top-notch players has been the key to Cimino’s success at Caldwell. She recruited and signed three players who would earn All-East Region honors as well as the program’s first Division II All-American. In addition, Cimino landed the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009 as well as the Boston Globe Super Team Player that same year.
Under Cimino’s watch, Caldwell was just as successful in the classroom. During the 2013-14 season, the overall team GPA was a 3.4. Thirteen different players were selected to the CACC’s All-Academic Team and two were named the CACC’s Student-Athlete of the Month.
In addition to her success as Caldwell’s head coach, Cimino was the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator all eight years. She oversaw facilities for all Caldwell programs in addition to the scheduling for all women’s teams. Cimino was also heavily involved in Caldwell’s Cougar Pride Booster Club as well as the athletic department’s community outreach program.
Prior to arriving at Caldwell, Cimino was an assistant coach at her alma mater, Adelphi University, during the 2005-06. She was the head girl’s varsity coach at Calhoun High School the previous three years and started off her coaching career as the head coach at Queensborough Community College during the 2001-02 campaign.
Originally from Rhode Island, Cimino graduated from Adelphi in 2001 with a degree in health and physical education. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers during her career. Three years later, she earned her master’s degree from Adelphi, in health education.
THE CIMINO FILE
2014-Pres: Head Coach, Binghamton University
2006-14: Head Coach, Caldwell College
2005-06: Assistant Coach, Adelphi University
2002-05: Head Coach, Calhoun High School
2001-02: Head Coach, Queensborough CC
COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT CALDWELL
- 128-100 in eight seasons. Caldwell was 39-71 in the four seasons prior to her arrival
- 90-52 in her final four seasons
- 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Champions
- 2011 CACC Co-Champions
- 2013 and 2014 CACC Tournament Finalist
- Ranked seventh in the 2011 Division II East Rankings
- Won at least 10 CACC games seven consecutive seasons (2008-14)
- Caldwell’s overall team GPA during Cimino’s tenure was a 3.2
- Caldwell’s GPA during the 2012-13 was a 3.4
RECRUITED PLAYER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- First Division II All-American in program history (2014)
- 2014 East Region Player of the Year
- Four All-East Region selections
- Three ECAC Division II Rookies of the Year
- Recruited and signed the 2009 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year
- Recruited and signed the 2009 Boston Globe Super Team Player
Mike Leflar begins his first season as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Binghamton. He has over a decade of experience with a pair of highly successful Division I programs.
Leflar arrives from Boston University, where he was an assistant coach for eight years (2004-12) and the associate head coach the past two seasons. During that span, the Terriers went 186-127 and captured a pair of America East regular-season titles. In addition, the Terriers advanced to five conference championship games and earned four WNIT berths. Boston’s RPI ranking was as high as No. 41 during the 2012-13 season and was among the top 150 six times.
As the recruiting coordinator throughout his time at Boston University, Leflar was able to land a pair of players who would be named the America East Player of the Year. In addition, 12 of the Terriers’ recruiting during that stretch earned all-conference accolades and 10 scored at least 1,000 points during their careers. He was also responsible for coaching a defense that ranked No. 10 in the nation in 2012-13 (51.8) and No. 23 in 2011-12 (54.0).
Leflar attended the Nike Villa 7 Consortium in May 2012. The conference brought together university athletic directors and the country’s best assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of head coaches.
Prior to his decade at Boston, Leflar was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) during the 2003-04 campaign. The Quakers won the Ivy League title that season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2002, Leflar graduated from Boston College with a degree in communications.
THE LEFLAR FILE
2014-Pres: Associate Head Coach, Binghamton University
2012-14: Associate Head Coach, Boston University
2004-12: Assistant Coach, Boston University
2003-04: Assistant Coach, University of Pennsylvania
Torey Northup-Jones begins her first season as an assistant coach at Binghamton. She arrives from St. John’s, where she was the graduate assistant coach during the 2013-14 season.
Northup-Jones was part of a staff that led the Red Storm to a 23-11 record and advanced to the BIG East championship game. St. John’s culminated the year with an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
A 2013 graduate of Caldwell College, Northup-Jones played under Linda Cimino, who was the head coach of the Cougars from 2006-14. She finished her career with 1,850 points and was a three-time all-conference and All-Met selection.
THE NORTHUP-JONES FILE
2014-Pres: Assistant Coach, Binghamton University
2013-14: Graduate Assistant Coach, St. John’s University
Leah Truncale is entering her sixth season with the Binghamton program. She is a 2002 graduate of Binghamton, where she has a stellar four-year career. She is currently ranked third all-time with 1,341 career points, and first with 978 rebounds as well as 236 blocks. During Truncale’s four years on the squad, Binghamton went 94-22, won the 1999 New England College Conference title as well as both the 2000 and 2001 ECAC Division II championships. In 2013, she was inducted into the Binghamton Athletic Hall of Fame.
Following her playing career, Truncale spent two years as a coach with the Bearcats. She was a graduate assistant coach during the 2003-04 season and a full-time assistant during the 2004-05 campaign.
From 2005-08, Truncale was a member of the Meteors Basketball Club in Dublin, Ireland. She was voted the team MVP and led the Meteors in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. During the 2008-09 campaign, Truncale was a member of the Killester Basketball Club (also based in Dublin, Ireland). Once again, she led her team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals.
THE TRUNCALE FILE (COACHING)
2009-Pres: Assistant Coach, Binghamton University
2004-05: Assistant Coach, Binghamton Univeristy
2003-04: Graduate Assistant Coach, Binghamton University
THE TRUNCALE FILE (PLAYING)
2008-09: Killester Basketball Club (based in Dublin, Ireland)
2005-08: Meteors Basketball Club (based in Dublin, Ireland)