NEW YORK, NY - Former Rutgers basketball standout and assistant coach Patty Coyle enjoyed a successful debut as interim head coach of the New York Liberty, as the WNBA team rallied for a 73-66 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on July 6 at Madison Square Garden.
Guard Becky Hammon scored 26 points to lead the Liberty, who had lost eight of their last nine games before Coyle took over as interim coach. Coyle was named the third head coach of the Liberty after the WNBA team relieved Richie Adubato of his duties last weekend.
Coyle was a catalyst for the 1981-82 Scarlet Knights’ basketball team, which won the AIAW National Championship. Coyle scored 30 points in the 83-77 title victory over Texas, and finished her career at Rutgers with 1,209 points, currently No. 17 on the Scarlet Knights’ all-time scoring list.
Prior to joining the Liberty as an assistant coach in 1998, Coyle served as head coach at Loyola (MD) from 1992-98, where she recorded a mark of 100-77. She has also served as an assistant coach at Miami (1983-85), Rutgers (1988-89) and St. Joseph’s (1989-92).