Cindy Blodgett begins her third season as an assistant coach for Katy Steding in 2016-17.
Blodgett, an 11-year coaching veteran in the Northeast, came to BU following a successful playing career at the University of Maine and a four-year tour in the WNBA where she and BU head coach Katy Steding spent the 2000 season as teammates on the Sacramento Monarchs.
This is Blodgett's second stint on Commonwealth Ave, as she began her coaching career with the Terriers as an assistant coach for the 1999-2000 season. During her time at BU, she assisted with recruiting and film exchange in addition to on-court coaching.
Hired as the head coach at her alma mater in May 2007, Blodgett spent four years at the helm of the Black Bears and coaching against the Terriers as members of the America East Conference. Most recently, Blodgett served as an assistant coach at Rhode Island from 2011-14.
In 2005, she joined the Brown University staff as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. In her two seasons with the Bears, she handled recruiting and scouting as well as team travel, skill and conditioning workouts and postseason development programs. She also organized and directed the Brown Summer Camp.
Before embarking on her coaching career, Blodgett was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Rockers in the 1998 WNBA draft. Blodgett spent one season in Cleveland before being traded to Sacramento, where she was a member of the Monarchs from 1999-2001. She also played internationally in Korea (WKBL) and France (FIBA).
As the 10th-leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history, Blodgett completed her stellar four-year career with 3,005 points and a total of 20 program records. She led the Black Bears to four America East tournament championships and the school's first four NCAA tournament appearances in program history.
The four-time All-American was just the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring for two consecutive seasons as she averaged over 27 points per game during her sophomore and junior campaigns. She was a two-time America East Player of the Year and was a preseason candidate for the Naismith Player of the Year award in 1997 and 1998.
In addition to her on-the-court accomplishments, Blodgett was also a standout in the classroom and received Academic All-America honors in 1998. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in elementary education in 1998.
The Clinton, Maine, native led Lawrence High School to four-straight Class A State Championships and is Maine's all-time leading scorer in high school basketball with 2,596 points. She was a three-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year and named Miss Basketball in Maine in 1994.
Boston University women’s basketball head coach Katy Steding announced the hiring of assistant coach Jenny Thigpin this summer.
Thigpin comes to BU after spending the last two seasons as the head coach at Dixie State in Utah, an NCAA Division II school in the Pacific West Conference. In total, she worked with the Trailblazers for three seasons, coming on as an assistant in 2013, and coached in the PacWest conference for five years, spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno Pacific.
“I’m really happy to have Jenny join our Terrier Family!” Steding said. “She brings valuable experience both as an assistant and head coach and her warm, engaging personality make her a great fit for our program!”
In just two years as the head coach at DSU, Thigpin coached an All-PacWest First Team member, D2CCA All-West Region Second Team member and a CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team selection. She led the team to a 17-35 overall record and a 16-24 conference result over the last two seasons.
“I am extremely excited to be joining an amazing university and the Terrier Family,” Thigpin said. “I would like to thank Coach Katy and the rest of the coaching staff for this opportunity. I look forward to helping Coach Katy achieve her vision for this program!”
Prior to her collegiate coaching career, Thigpin spent three seasons as the head coach of Buchanan High School in Clovis, California. In 2009, she led the Bears to a 22-7 record, the most wins in school history, and reached the final four of the Central Section playoffs.
Thigpin is a 2007 graduate of Fresno State, playing her senior season with the Bulldogs after transferring from Arizona State. She played every game for the Sun Devils as a sophomore and junior and had a standout performance during the 2003-04 season when she scored 18 points in 15 minutes to lead ASU to an upset win over No. 7 Stanford.
Ben Chase joins the Boston Univeristy women's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season, head coach Katy Steding announced on Tuesday.
"I'm so excited to be joining Coach Katy and her staff at BU!" Chase said. "The University is very special to me and I feel so honored to have the opportunity to come back to work on Babcock Street. I couldn't be happier about rejoining the Terrier family and look forward to contributing to the program in any way I can."
Chase returns to Boston University, where he received his Masters of Education with a concentration in Physical Education, Health and Coaching in 2011 and served as a graduate student manager for the BU men's basketball team, after spending the last five seasons at Houston Baptist University. He began his time at HBU as the Director of Basketball Operations for the men's team in 2011 before moving over to the women's team as an assitant coach in 2013.
While coaching the women's team at Houston Baptist, Chase was the top assistant and international recruiting coordinator, successfuly bringing in student-athletes from Germany, Australia, Uzbekistan, Austria and Ireland. He was also responsible for the team's defensive strategy and developed scouting reports on opponent offenses.
"Going through the process of finding the right person for our program, we knew Ben was the perfect fit as soon as we got to know him," Steding said. "He brings enthusiasm, great energy and a excellent background that will make him a terrific recruiter and mentor to our team. Ben's experiences as a recruiter, especially with Texas and international recruits and coaches, will prove extremely valuable as we continue to grow the program."
Chase is no stranger to Boston, as he also completed his bachelor's degree in town at Emerson College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in marketing and video production while also playing all four years on the varsity men's basketball team.