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October 25, 2017

 

ANDRADE & STACY JOIN RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STAFF AS ASSISTANT COACHES

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Vandell Andrade and Nikki Stacy as assistant women’s basketball coaches. The duo will assist Head Coach Jenna Cosgrove with all phases of the RIC women’s basketball program including recruiting, scouting, administering practice and game coaching.

 

Andrade comes to RIC after spending last season playing professionally with A.D. Kemegal Cortegada in the Spanish League, where she was named the Import Player of the Year. Andrade played for two years at RIC before transferring to LeMoyne where she graduated from in 2016 with a degree in criminology. At LeMoyne, she received a Defensive Player of the Year Award and was an Honorable Mention All-American selection as a senior in 2015-16.

 

The Providence native, who was recently named to RIC’s All-40th Anniversary of Women’s Athletics Women’s Basketball Team, has several years of experience as a coach at basketball camps throughout New England.

 

 

 

“I am very excited to add Vandell to my staff,” Cosgrove said. “She was an excellent player during her collegiate career and most recently her in her professional career in Spain.  During her two seasons at Rhode Island College, she helped establish a tradition of success at RIC with a LEC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. She will be a great asset to our program and I am excited for her to work with our players.”

 

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Andrade was named the Little East Conference Player of the Year, the LEC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. She was just the second player in conference history to earn Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign. She was also just the second Anchorwoman in the program’s history to win the prestigious Player of the Year Award and the first since Claudia DeFaria in 1995. She was named First Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Region by the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA). Furthermore, she received the Kevin McNamara Div. III Women’s Player of the Year award at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards Luncheon, signifying her as the top female Div. III women’s basketball player in the state.

 

 

 

As a freshman in 2012-13, she was named to the All-Rookie Team in her first season with the Anchorwomen. She was one of three players to start in all 27 games for Rhode Island College and finished with a team-high eight double-doubles on the year. She averaged a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game to go along with 9.0 points per game, which ranked second on the squad. Andrade also chipped in with 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 assists per game. She finished the season ranked second in the conference in both rebounding and field goal percentage (.518), while ranking seventh in blocked shots. Andrade reached double figures in scoring 12 times on the season and posted a season-high 17 points against Roger Williams on Jan. 3. Andrade also posted double-digit rebounds on 12 occasions and posted a season-high 16 rebounds against Southern Maine on Feb. 10. She finished with a season-high four blocks against Babson on Nov. 17, dished out a season-high three assists against Salve Regina on Dec. 4 and swiped a season-high three steals against UMass Boston on Jan. 5. Andrade was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice on the season.

 

Stacy was a four-year letterwinner at Keene State, graduating in 2015 with a degree in health science. She has served as an assistant coach with the RI Breakers AAU program, as well as a volunteer for several community service organizations. She is also a certified basketball official.

 

 

 

“I am very excited to add Nikki to my staff,” Cosgrove said. “She knows the Little East Conference well, having come from Keene State. “She is a tireless worker and brings great energy and passion to the game. She will be a great addition to our program and the Rhode Island College Athletic Department.” Stacy was one of the Owls most energetic players during her career and was nicknamed the “Thermostat” for her effort and energy on the court.

 

 

 

The Uxbridge, Mass. native was a member of two Rhode Island Div. I State Championship teams during her career at La Salle Academy in 2009 and 2011. While a member of the Rams, she received the Credit Union Championships Player of the Game award in 2011 and was a R.I. Girls Div. I Basketball Coaches Association All-Tournament Team selection in 2010.

 

The Anchorwomen open the 2017-18 season at Salem State on Wednesday, Nov. 15 (5:30 p.m.).

 

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