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Samantha Quigley

As of Feb. 25, 2016

Named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team on March 3, 2016, Quigley previously served as an assistant coach for the bronze medal winning 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team and as a court coach at a USA Basketball regional skills development camp in October of 2014 in Illinois.

“To return as a USA Basketball assistant coach means the world to me,” Quigley said. “I was able to learn so much from the assistant coaching position last season. To be honest, we are all very hungry to pick up where we left off. I am looking forward to building on some of the successes we had last summer and pushing the players to compete every day we are together.
“I am so excited to work with Dori and Dianne again,” Quigley continued of USA head coach Dori Oldaker and assistant coach Dianne Lewis, with whom Quigley coached alongside in 2015. “They have great basketball minds, and I am constantly absorbing their thoughts and ideas about how to make us better individually and collectively. This coaching staff is special, and I cannot wait to get started again.”

She recently completed her fourth year (2012-13 to present) as the head coach at the University of St. Francis (NAIA).  

So far in 2015-16, Quigley, who was named the 2015-16 CCAC Coach of the Year, has led St. Francis to a 28-4 record (as of Feb. 26), including a share of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division regular season title.
In her debut as a head coach in 2012-13, Quigley led St. Francis to a 14-17 overall record and the No. 6 seed for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after finishing 12-10 in league action.

She was elevated to head coach after serving as an assistant coach at St. Francis in 2011-12.

Prior to moving on to the coaching ranks, Quigley enjoyed an impressive playing career at DePaul University from 2006-07 through 2010-11, including a medical hardship in 2007-08 after a torn ACL in the summer of 2007.

In her four years on the court for DePaul, she helped the Blue Demons to a 92-42 record, and for her career, she started in 116 of 134 games played and averaged 9.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game. Her 484 career assists still ranks third all-time at DePaul.

As a senior in 2010-11, she was a State Farm WBCA All-America honorable mention and a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. She garnered All-Big East second team accolades in 2010 and 2011.
The 2011 Big East Sportsmanship Award winner, Quigley also was Capital One Academic All-District Five and named to the I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team in 2011, and she was a three-time member of the Big East All-Academic Team.

 On Dec. 7, 2010 at Pittsburgh, Quigley became the 24th player in DePaul women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. She went on to finish with 1,273 points, which currently ranks 20th all-time for the DePaul program.

A multi-sport star as a high school athlete at Joliet Catholic Academy, Quigley was named Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 as a standout in basketball, volleyball and softball. She was a four-year starter in each of those sports from 2002-06.

Quigley finished her prep basketball career with 1,910 points and was a Parade All-American and McDonald’s All-America nominee. Twice she was named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State first team and Associated Press 2A All-State third team. She also claimed all-state honors in volleyball and all-area recognition in softball. As a sophomore, along with her older sister Allie as a senior, she led Joliet Catholic to the Class 2A state volleyball championship. She also batted better than .400 as the leadoff hitter for the softball team.

Her late father, Pat, played basketball and tennis for St. Francis, and the playing court in the Sullivan Center is named in his honor. Her mother, Chris (Prieboy), is USF’s all-time leading scorer in basketball and was a star softball player for the Saints. Her retired jersey hangs in the Sullivan Center. Her stepfather, Don Strle, played basketball for legendary St. Francis head coach Pat Sullivan.

Quigley’s older sister, Allie, also was an All-Big East basketball player at DePaul and has played professionally in both Europe and in the WNBA, most recently for the Chicago Sky. Allie Quigley also attended trials for the 2006 USA U10 National Team and the 2007 U21 World Championship Team. Their younger brother, Jake, was the lone Quigley sibling to attend USF, and he played tennis for the Saints prior to his 2011 graduation.

Quigley graduated from DePaul in 2010.

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