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Bridgette Mitchell and Christina Richardson Added To Siena Women’s Staff

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Two new members of the Siena Women’s basketball staff were announced on Tuesday, assistant coach Bridgette Mitchell and Director of Basketball Operations Christina Richardson. They will join third year head coach Ali Jaques along with another assistant coach to be named soon. Mitchell and Richardson join Jaques’ staff following the departure of assistants Jack Castleberry and Safiya Grant and DOBO Jazmine Adair. Stephanie McCormick returns for her second season as assistant coach.

“The two new members of our program have one thing in common – they have won championships,” said. “Our goal at Siena will always be to win a championship. Our players will definitely embrace the new energy that these women bring to our program. I am excited to have the chance to officially welcome them to our great community here at Siena.”

Mitchell comes to Siena after serving as assistant coach at Wagner last season. She brings with her a wealth of high-level playing experience. A former McDonald’s All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year for New Jersey, she went on to a standout college career at Duke where she appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and helped lead the Blue Devils to an ACC Championship and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She was a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection, was named to the 2010 ACC All-Academic Team and served as a team captain her senior year.

“We are excited to welcome Bridgette to the Siena community,” Jaques said. “She has an infectious personality with tremendous passion and intensity for the game of basketball. Her playing experience at Duke and on the professional level will be tremendous for our team.”

Mitchell played professionally in France and Poland where she led the team to a bronze medal and appearance in the European Championships in 2011-12. She signed a training camp contract with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm in 2011.

“I’m excited about the prospect of coming in and joining this program,” said Mitchell. “I’m really competitive and I don’t like to lose. I hope to transfer those qualities to the student athletes in our program. I want to help light their fire and get the competitive cauldron boiling. Winning is contagious and it starts with hard work in the offseason. I can’t wait to get started.”

Richardson comes to Siena after recently graduating from Texas A&M where she earned a B.S. in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. She served as the women’s basketball student manager,  under Hall of Fame Head Coach Gary Blair. As a freshman, she was part of the Texas A&M program that won the 2011 National Championship.

“Christina has worked alongside some of the best coaches in our game on Gary Blair’s staff,” said Jaques. “We are happy to have her in the Green and Gold!”

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to move up north and join the Siena family,” said Richardson. “Coach Jaques is an excellent coach with a fierce determination to win and I can’t wait to work with her. I have already fallen in love with the family atmosphere that Siena has to offer.”

Along with the new staff members, Jaques adds five new faces to this seasons roster. Freshmen Emmanuella Edoka, Margot Hetzke, Kollyns Scarbrough, Joella Gibson along with George Mason Denisha Petty-Evans join the Saints looking to build on last season’s 9-22 overall record.

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