HEAD COACH MARGARET CAREY
Margaret Carey begins her second season as Catholic University head women's basketball coach.
In her rookie season, Carey led the Cardinals to 19 wins, including victories against four of six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Big wins over then-#2 ranked Scranton for the first time in team history and against Marymount in Arlington, Virginia, which ended the Cards' 12 game losing streak on Marymount's home court, have established the foundation for CUA women's basketball in the Carey era. Carey coached three second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference players as the team earned a #22 ranking during the '05-'06 campaign. The Cardinals also earned a bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament.
Carey, a 2001 graduate of Mount St. Mary's College, began her coaching career in October 2001 as the top women's basketball assistant coach at Richard Stockton College under head coach Joe Fussner. Carey helped guide the Lady Ospreys to the 2004-2005 New Jersey Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Carey played one season under former CUA head coach and then-Mount St. Mary's assistant coach Maggie Lonergan, where she earned a full scholarship after joining the team as a walk-on. In her freshman season at Mount St. Mary's, Carey made five three-pointers in a 79-69 win over Quinnipiac University. At that time, her five treys placed her third on the school's all-time record for most three-pointers in a game.
Fussner's praise for his former assistant coach is unequivocal:
"Margaret is the hardest working assistant coach I have ever had the pleasure to work with," Fussner said. "She is a tremendous recruiter and will work endless hours to assure Catholic University remains a top competitive basketball program. She is a leader and a natural head coach."
Carey was a four-year letterman in basketball and tennis in high school. She was the basketball team MVP for three years at New Jersey's Ocean City High School and her senior season at Penncrest High in Aston, Pennsylvania. Her senior year, she was named all-Delaware County. That season, she averaged 12.5 points, six assists, and four steals per game.