Dagostino Hired

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the hiring of assistant coach Dave Dagostino. He replaces Lynn Bria who took a similar position at Miami (Fla.) last month.

A Schenectady, N.Y., native, Dagostino brings 10 years of coaching experience to WVU, including three years as a head coach. Most recently Dagostino coached at BIG EAST rival Cincinnati last season where he was the Bearcats' recruiting coordinator and post player coach. At WVU, he will assume that same role. Prior to his stint at Cincinnati, Dagostino spent six years (2001-06) at Jacksonville State, the last three as head coach, where he posted a 44-41 record. He led his 2004-05 team to its first Ohio Valley Conference final four and finished with consecutive winning seasons for the first time in the program's Division I history. During the 2003-04 season, Jacksonville State posted an 18-10 record for JSU's best winning percentage (.643) in 12 years. Prior to becoming head coach, Dagostino served three years as the recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks. While on board he produced a conference freshman and player of the year, in Shanika Freeman, and orchestrated several nationally recognized recruiting classes. Before arriving at Jacksonville State, Dagostino served as the recruiting coordinator and head of player development for Division II powerhouse, College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y. While there, Dagostino saw four players top the 1,000-point plateau, while the school assists and 3-point records were both shattered. During the 1999-2000 season, St. Rose made an Elite Eight appearance, falling to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky. The Knight's held the nation's longest winning streak at 34 games (finished 34-1), earning the distinction of the No. 1 national ranking for five months. They finished the 1999-00 season ranked No. 3 in the nation. He also acted as the recruiting coordinator at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., from 1998-99. Dagostino was captain of his baseball and basketball teams at Union College before beginning his coaching career at his alma mater. After graduation, Dagostino played professional baseball for one year in the Northeast Independent League. He obtained his bachelor's of science in psychology and modern languages in 1995 and garnered his master's in teaching English speakers of other languages in 1998, also from Union College. "I'm excited to be in Morgantown and be a part of a program that is on the cusp of competing with the elite in the BIG EAST conference," Dagostino said. "We're excited to get someone of Dave's caliber," Carey said. "He has head coaching experience and has excellent recruiting contacts. I feel very comfortable with our recruiting under his guidance and the direction he will take us."

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