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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
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
Leah Truncale is entering her fifth 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.
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 lead the Meteors in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. For the past year, 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.
Sarah Cartmill, a 2002 graduate of Binghamton, enters her fourth season as an assistant coach at Binghamton and her first as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Cartmill arrived from Olean, N.Y., where she was part of a staff that guided the Bonnies to an 80-48 record as well as a pair of WNIT appearances. She was heavily involved with the recruiting process and worked specifically with the post players. This past season, Cartmill coached a pair of All-Atlantic 10 selections.
In the Binghamton record books, Cartmill ranks second all-time with 1,862 career points and third with 784 rebounds. During her four years at Binghamton, the squad went 94-22, captured a pair of ECAC Division II championships and advanced to the 1999 NCAA Division II Tournament. Cartmill capped her career by being named the 2002 America East Player of the Year in the Bearcats’ first year at the NCAA Division I level.
Following graduation, Cartmill played two years professionally in Ireland and a year in Denmark. She coaches several girls’ school age teams during that time. In 2005, Cartmill began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ithaca College.
Jason Marshall begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Binghamton program. He arrives from West Point, where he was an assistant coach at Army the past five seasons.
During his time at West Point, he helped coach eight Patriot League all-star selections. The Black Knights went 22-9 this past year and earned a bid to the WNIT. In 2008-09, Army finished the season with 19 wins.
A 2008 graduate of Ramapo College, Marshall was a four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain for the Roadrunners. He helped lead Ramapo to First ever New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship in 2005. The Roadrunners received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament that season and advanced to the Sweet 16. Two years later, Ramapo won their second NJAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Jermaine Cooper begins his first season as the Coordinator of Player Development.
Last year, he was the head coach at Ohio State-Mansfield. He was also the associate head coach of the Ohio Glory women’s AAU program from 2011-13. That program has produced numerous NCAA Division I and Division II prospects.
From 2009-12, Cooper was the head boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at Veritas Academy, which is located in Worthington, Ohio. He led the squad to a program-record 15 wins during the 2009-10 season.
Cooper has also served as a coach for one of the top Ohio Recruiting services, the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report (OGBR) for Tom Jenkins. In addition, he has worked summer basketball camps at Ohio State, Purdue, Youngstown State, Syracuse and Otterbein.
In 2009, Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.