June 22, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., announced the hiring of Lindsay Shade, as assistant coach for the 2006-07 season. "We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay to our staff," said Gibbons. "She is full of energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for the game of basketball, and I know Coach Shade will be a terrific asset to our staff."
Shade comes to Holy Cross after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary responsibility was as the team's video coordinator, organizing and operating film exchange, as well as editing game highlights and creating scout tapes of the Panthers' opponents. Shade was also responsible for creating recruiting mail-outs, campus tours, and various other aspects of the program, while serving as Commissioner during the team's summer camps.
Prior to her time at Pitt, Shade was a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team at Davidson College in North Carolina from 2000-2004. Shade, who received the team's 110% Award her senior season, entered the program as a walk-on her freshman year and earned a scholarship by her junior season. She led the Southern Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio as a junior and finished the season ranked second in the conference in the same category as a senior.
"I am thrilled to join the Holy Cross women's basketball family," said Shade. "It is a tremendous program with great history and tradition and I am extremely honored to be part of it."
In 2004, Shade played on a Summer Tour team that traveled to Poland. While in Europe, Shade had the opportunity to minister to and share daily devotionals with the Polish National Team, as well as participate in basketball clinics the team held for local children.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Shade spent one year as the head coach of the 13U girls' AAU team at the Marist School in Atlanta, spent two years as a volunteer at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Girls' Sports Camp in Black Mountain, N.C., and most recently volunteered as the head coach of the fourth grade girls' basketball team at the Sacred Heart Elementary School in Pittsburgh.
"Lindsay's playing experience at Davidson and coaching experience in the Big East, as well as her ties to Atlanta will help open some doors for us to extend our recruiting base," said Gibbons. "She is excited to be a part of Holy Cross women's basketball and will help us strive to new heights as a program."
Shade is currently in the final stages of completing her requirements for a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Pittsburgh. She earned a degree in Economics from Davidson in 2004.
The Crusaders open the season on November 10 when they host backyard rival, Yale. Patriot League play begins on January 6. In addition, the Crusaders' schedule features five games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Boston College (Sweet 16), Connecticut (Elite Eight), Dartmouth, and Army (twice)). Boston College will visit the Hart Center on Dec. 1, while the UConn game will be held at the DCU Center on Dec. 4.
This past season, Holy Cross finished the year with an overall mark of 16-14 (10-4 Patriot League). The Crusaders fell to Army, 69-68, in the Patriot League Championship game, denying them their 10th postseason appearance in the last 12 years.