Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Former Saint Elderkin Moves To St. John's Staff

Here's a coaching move to note, and a nice opportunity for a former conference assistant.

Angel Elderkin, who worked for four seasons (2001-02 through 2004-05) at Siena under Gina Castelli, was recently hired as an assistant coach at St. John's.

This past season the Johnnies finished 24-10 and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the women's NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

Shortly after the season, former coach Kim Barnes Arico moved on to take over the Michigan women's program. The school promoted assistant Joe Tartamella to take over for Barnes Arrico, leaving the opening in which Elderkin will fill.

"Angel has proven herself as an excellent recruiter at all different levels," said Tartamella, in a release issued through the St. John's sports information office. "Her wealth of knowledge in all facets of the game has made her one of the rising stars in the business. She fits all the core values that St. John's University and our women's basketball program is built on. Angel will be a tremendous addition to our staff."

Elderkin's resume includes time on the staffs of two Hall of Famers. She has served at Tennessee under recently retired coach Pat Summit and at Virginia under Debbie Ryan.

Elderkin was on the LSU staff this past season, She is a graduate of pf twp  Tennessee staff under recently retired Hall of Fame coach

She is a 199 graduate of Southern Maine where she lettered four seasons. Her teams there finished with a 104-15 record and finished as the national runner-up on the Division III level in the 1998-99 season.

"I am excited to be part of the St. John's program and look forward to helping build on what Joe and Kim Barnes Arico, before him, have established with the players and the University community," said Elderkin, in a release issued by St. John's. "My past experiences ... have prepared me well for this role at St. John's, and I look forward to being a part of coach Tartamella's vision for this program.

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