College - Rutgers
Head Coach, New York Liberty
The 2009 season marks Pat Coyle’s fifth full season on The Garden sidelines as the Liberty’s head coach. She has taken the team to the WNBA playoffs four times since taking over the reigns mid-way through 2004. After serving six seasons on the sidelines as an assistant, Coyle was named interim head coach of the team on July 3, 2004. She then compiled an impressive 11-7 mark and guided the Liberty back to the WNBA Playoffs. On December 8, 2004, Coyle’s distinguished service to the Liberty organization was acknowledged when she was named the third Head Coach in franchise history. After going 18-16 in the regular season the team’s 2005 Playoff appearance was its seventh in nine years. Behind Coyle’s determined leadership, the rebuilding Liberty won six of its last 10 games in 2007 to finish 16-18, earning an exciting and unprecedented Playoff berth. In 2008, she helped the franchise earn its ninth post-season campaign and the third best record in the team’s 12-year history.
Prior to joining the Liberty, Coyle spent six full seasons and part of a seventh as head coach of Loyola (MD) College, compiling a 100-77 (.565) mark.
In 1992-93, Coyle inherited a Loyola squad that had a 31-135 record over the prior six seasons. But during her Loyola tenure, Coyle orchestrated a turnaround that included two 20-win campaigns and four winning seasons overall. During this span, the team won two Metro Atlantic Athletic Collegiate Championships (1993-94 and 1994-95), earning NCAA Tournament berths both years, and advanced to the MAAC title game four times.
Coyle’s first coaching stop was at the University of Miami from 1983-85 under Lin Dunn. In 1985, she returned to her alma mater, Rutgers University, and served under Theresa Grentz through the 1988-89 season. In 1989-90, she moved to St. Joseph’s University as an assistant under Jim Foster prior to earning the head coaching job at Loyola in 1992.
As a player, Coyle earned a spot in Rutgers annals as one of the greatest players ever to wear a Scarlet Knights jersey. A three-year starter, she graduated third on Rutgers’ all-time list for the most games played with 129, a mark she shares with backcourt mate Patty Delehanty. On the Knights’ all-time career lists, she ranks in the school’s Top Ten in assists (seventh with 394) and free-throw percentage (fifth with .796). Coyle is also the 18th leading scorer in Rutgers history with 1,209 points. She capped her standout-playing career as a senior in 1981-82, earning tournament MVP honors as the Knights won their first-and-only national title, the AIAW National Championship.
A 1982 Rutgers graduate, Coyle has been inducted into the University’s Basketball Hall of Fame (1993) and the New Jersey Sports Writers Hall of Fame (2009). One of eight children, Coyle is a Philadelphia native and currently resides in New Jersey.