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Chelsea Wolf Named Director of Operations For Siena Women’s Basketball

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Siena Women’s coach Ali Jaques completed her staff with the naming of Chelsea Wolf as the Director of Basketball Operations. In addition, she has promoted assistant coach Bridgette Mitchell to the Saints’ recruiting coordinator. Here is a copy of the official release courtesy of Siena Athletics.

Siena Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques has finalized her staff for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Chelsea Wolf has been named the Saints’ Director of Women’s Basketball Operations and assistant coach Bridgette Mitchell has been promoted to serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Wolf brings five years of experience serving on collegiate coaching staffs with her to Loudonville, including the past three at the Division I level. She joins the Saints after spending last season as the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at the University of Louisiana. In her lone season in Lafayette, Wolf was part of a Ragin’ Cajuns program which posted a 23-12 overall record and captured the 2015 Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship.

“We are genuinely lucky to have Chelsea join us at Siena,” said Jaques, who enters her fourth year leading the Saints. “Her background and experience are rare to find and our players and staff will definitely benefit from having her in green and gold.”

Wolf joined the Division I ranks as a graduate assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn for two seasons from 2012-14. She also previously served as an assistant coach at Division III programs Centenary (N.J.) College (2011-12) and Middlesex County (N.J.) College (2009-10). Wolf spent three years as the coach of the Central Jersey Cardinals AAU U11 program and guided her team to a 2012 NJ AAU State Championship and the AAU Nationals.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Siena Women’s Basketball family,” commented Wolf. “I admire Coach Jaques and the program that she has built and am honored to join her staff.”

A native of Pine Brook, N.J., Wolf graduated with her B.A. in Contemporary Art from Ramapo (N.J.) College in 2009 where she was a member of the women’s basketball, cross country and track and field teams. Wolf earned her Master’s in Media Arts from LIU Brooklyn in 2014.

Mitchell, who is set to enter her second season on Jaques’ staff, will now oversee the program’s recruiting efforts. She made an immediate impact in her first year with the Saints, helping guide Siena to the program’s most successful campaign in over a decade.

“Coach B has embraced recruiting since the day she stepped on campus,” explained Jaques. “I am happy to announce her moving into the recruiting coordinator role. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious in every new challenge she tackles.”

Last season Mitchell played a key role in the rejuvenation of a Siena Women’s Basketball program which won 22 games, marking the program’s first winning season in 11 years and most victories in a dozen seasons. The Saints’ 13-win improvement from the previous season was tied for the second best in all of Division I and Siena’s 12 true road wins were tied for the fourth most nationally.

“Coach Jaques has a reputation of being one of the best recruiters in the country,” noted Mitchell. “I am honored that she has entrusted me with such responsibility and I’m ecstatic to lead in the coordination of finding future Saints.”

Before joining the Saints, Mitchell began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2013-14. She played professionally in both France and Poland after graduating from Duke University in 2010. Mitchell appeared in 131 games, making 43 career starts for the Blue Devils where she captained the squad to an ACC Championship and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament her senior year.

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