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May 23, 2013

PSU Women’s Basketball Coach earns Hall of Fame nod

Former High School and College Star Liz Stich honored

  
  Stich

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University women's basketball coach Liz Stich has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Stich will join other honorees on Saturday, June 22, representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

            A New Hartford, Connecticut native and University of Hartford alumna, Stich attended St. Paul's Catholic High School in Bristol, Conn., and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer.  Her 1,783 career points are the most ever by a high school player from the city of Bristol.  She captained the 2001 team to the Connecticut Class S State Championship and helped her team to a 90-10 record over four years.  She was a three-time USA Today Honorable Mention All-America and a two-time Street &Smith Honorable Mention All-America selection. 

            Stich continued her career at the University of Hartford where she finished with over 600 points and participated in the NCAA tournament in 2002, 2005 and 2006.  She holds her teams single season record with 46 charges taken, and received her teams hustle award three consecutive years. 

     
   

            Stich couldn't stay away from college basketball long and was back on the bench as an assistant coach at Longwood University in Virginia (2007-08), and Central Connecticut State University (2008-2012) where she helped coach these teams to some of the largest turnarounds in the nation in 2008 and 2009 with increases of 8 and 14 wins respectively.  She helped lead CCSU to their first ever postseason berth in 2009 with a trip to the WNIT.  Stich is currently the head coach at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH where they compete in the Little East Conference.

            The June 22 Hall of Fame event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, including John Calipari of Kentucky, former UMass Coach.  Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.  

            The event  --  as much reunion as ceremony -- has become one of the largest sports dinners in America.  At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sellout.  The 2013 event is expected to be a sellout. 

            For further information, visit www.nebasketballhalloffame.com.

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