May 4, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head women's basketball coach Joe Tartamella announced Thursday that Angel Elderkin has joined his Red Storm staff as an assistant coach. Elderkin has been part of the women's basketball staffs at LSU, Virginia, Tennessee, Siena and East Tennessee State in her 13 years of coaching experience.
"Angel has proven herself as an excellent recruiter at all different levels," remarked Tartamella. "Her wealth of knowledge in all facets of the game has made her one of the rising stars in the business. She fits all the core values that St. John's University and our women's basketball program is built on. Angel will be a tremendous addition to our staff."
"I am excited to be a part of the St. John's program and help continue to build on what Joe, and Kim Barnes Arico before him, have established with the players and the University community," said Elderkin. "My past experiences on the staffs of Hall of Fame coaches Debbie Ryan and Pat Summitt, as well as my time at LSU during head coach Nikki Caldwell's first season, have prepared me well for this role at St. John's and I look forward to being a part of Coach Tartamella's vision for this program."
At St. John's, Elderkin will act as recruiting coordinator and will focus her attention to guard play as well as opponent scouting.
Elderkin spent the 2011-12 season with the LSU Tigers as part of head coach Nikki Caldwell's first year as head coach. The Tigers had a successful season, vying for the SEC Championship title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Prior to LSU, Elderkin spent four years as part of legendary coach Debbie Ryan's staff at University of Virginia (2007-11), serving as recruiting coordinator in her final two seasons. During Elderkin's time at Virginia, the Cavaliers reached the NCAA Tournament three times, including second round appearances in 2008 and 2009. As recruiting coordinator, she was responsible for signing the nation's 13th-ranked class for 2011 according to ESPN HoopGurlz.com. Elderkin was also instrumental in the development of All-American guard Monica Wright, the 2010 ACC Player and Defensive Player of the Year and the second overall pick of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.
At Virginia, Elderkin also handled opponent scouting, player development, on-court instruction and practice and game preparation.
An East Providence, R.I., native, Elderkin worked as video coordinator at Tennessee for two seasons under Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt (2005-07). She handled all aspects of film and video for the Lady Vols' run to the 2007 NCAA Championship. She also prepared postgame reports for staff and players, coordinating recruiting visits and assisted in marketing of Tennessee's team camp.
Before arriving in Knoxville, Elderkin spent four years as an assistant coach at Siena College from 2002-05 where she was an integral part of recruiting some of the best classes in program history.
From 1999-2001, Elderkin spent two seasons at East Tennessee State where she served as a special assistant to the head coach. Elderkin began her basketball coaching career at Virginia as the assistant camp coordinator during the summer of 2000.
A 1999 graduate of Southern Maine, Elderkin lettered four seasons playing guard for the Huskies. She led Southern Maine to three Little East Conference championships and an astounding 104-15 overall record. The Huskies reached the Division III NCAA Tournament during each of her four years. In 1998, Elderkin was part of Southern Maine's national runner-up team. She was a two-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award, Elderkin was named to the All-Little East Honor Roll in 1997. In September 2004, her 1997-98 Husky basketball team was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame. She also played softball for the Huskies from 1996-98.
Elderkin earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Maine in 1999 with a minor in education. She received her master's degree in physical education and exercise science from East Tennessee State in 2001.
The 2012-13 Red Storm squad returns four starters, eight letterwinners and 79 percent of its scoring from its 2011-12 team that posted a 24-10 overall record and advanced to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The 2011-12 Red Storm also enjoyed a No. 3 seed, a program best, and finished second in the BIG EAST Conference (13-3) after being picked to finish seventh in the league's preseason poll. St. John's defeated six ranked opponents and finished the season ranked No. 13/15 in the national polls.
Follow Coach Elderkin at @STJ_CoachAngel.