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Cathy Inglese dies after sustaining brain injury in fall; Hofstra women's basketball assistant coach was 60

Cathy Inglese, then the women's basketball head coach

Cathy Inglese, then the women's basketball head coach at Boston College, directs her team during a game against Virginia Tech at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., on March 6, 2008. Photo Credit: AP / Nell Redmond

Hofstra women's basketball associate head coach Cathy Inglese died Wednesday, a week after sustaining a brain injury in a fall, her family said. Inglese was 60.

Inglese’s family announced the death in a statement posted by her sister, Nancy Inglese, on Facebook. The Hartford Courant last week reported that Inglese fell down a stairwell before a Hofstra summer practice on July 17.

"It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our sister and daughter Cathy Inglese," Nancy Inglese wrote on behalf of her family. "We will miss Cathy sooo very much. Our thanks go out to everyone for their unbelievable love and support."

Inglese, whose Division I coaching stops in her career included the University of Vermont, Boston College, the University of Rhode Island and Fairleigh Dickinson University, was hired last month by Hofstra head coach Danielle Santos Atkinson, who was hired in April. As a coach, Inglese befriended and mentored many in her industry, including Santos Atkinson.

"Our hearts are hurting with the passing of Cathy," Santos Atkinson said in a statement. "Cathy was one of the kindest and nicest people I have come to know in the coaching industry and in her short time with our program she left an indelible mark. Our entire program and the Hofstra family are heartbroken that she has passed but her memory will continue to influence our program every day we step on the court."

Hofstra athletic director Rick Cole Jr. said in a statement: "Cathy was an amazing person and coach, and although part of our family for a short time she had already left a tremendous impact. Those who knew Cathy were touched by her kindness and generosity, and her mark on the world of college athletics is immense."

Inglese is best known for her stint as the head coach at Boston College from 1993 to 2008. She took the Eagles to the NCAA Sweet 16 three times and won the Big East Tournament in 2004.

"It's such a sad day for our Boston College community with Cathy's passing," Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. "Cathy had a tremendously positive influence on the student-athletes she coached at BC and led our program to championship heights. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends."

Before getting the job at Boston College, she was the head coach at Vermont, where she led the Catamounts to consecutive undefeated regular seasons in 1992 and 1993. Most recently, she had served as the head coach at Rhode Island from 2009 to 2013 and worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was on the women's basketball staff for the 2017-18 season and promoted to associate head coach before the 2018-19 season.

Inglese grew up in Connecticut and helped Sheehan High School win a basketball state title in 1976. She went on to play basketball at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating in 1980.

With AP

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