A former standout at Saint Michael's College (Colchester, Vt.) and an assistant coach at two Division I institutions (Columbia, 1990-96 and Hartford, 1996-99), Sue Cahill enters her 18th year on Kerry Phayre's staff in the 2016-17 season.
“Coach Cahill has been an instrumental part of the success we have had with our women’s basketball program at Assumption College,” Kerry Phayre, head coach of the Assumption women’s basketball team said. “She is a tireless worker who is passionate about her job. As a recruiter she is able to identify players who fit into our program both on the court and in the classroom. As a coach she is committed to helping the players on the team improve their skills on the court to become better players but also improve their skills off the court to prepare them for life after college. She is a tremendous asset to our program and our players and I are lucky to have someone of her caliber working with our team.”
Cahill, whose duties include coordinating and implementing all aspects of recruiting student-athletes, pre- and post-season workouts, in-season and out-of-season weightlifting programs, scouting of opponents and practice preparation, also earned the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding contributions to the staff and students at Chandler Elementary School last season.
During her career at Assumption, the Hounds have posted an overall record of 279-161. The team has qualified for 17 conference playoffs with three straight trips to the Northeast-10 final four (2001-04). The Hounds have also notched four 20-win seasons, three NCAA regional appearances and six NCAA tournament appearances. Included in the four 20-win seasons are two seasons with 22 victories for the most single-season wins in Assumption program history (2010-11, 2012-13).
Cahill has helped recruit and coach two Northeast-10 Freshmen of the Year (Charde Floyd 2005, Gabrielle Gibson 2010), one Defensive Player of the Year (Floyd 2008) and 28 All-Conference players, including nine 1,000-point scorers. She also has coached two Northeast-10 Scholar Athletes of the Year (Stacy Mattioli 2001 and Leslie Lupien 2010).
Prior to arriving at Assumption, Cahill was an assistant coach for Division I programs Columbia University and Hartford.
During her time at Hartford, Cahill recruited seven freshman in 1998 including Janeka Lopp, who went on to be eighth all-time in scoring in Hartford Hawk history, and Kenitra Johnson, who went on to be the 12th leading scorer and fifth all-time in rebounding in the history of the Hartford program. Cahill also assisted in the guidance of one of her players to an overseas career in professional basketball (Heather Weindorfer).
Prior to her coaching career, Cahill was a standout at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. where she starred on the women’s basketball team from 1986-1990 for Coach Sue Duprat. She was a team captain during her senior year, led the team to an ECAC tournament berth and was a Northeast-10 All-Conference Honorable Mention recipient. Historically she remains one of the best players to ever play for Saint Michael’s, where she ranks in the top 10 in three different all-time career categories in the school’s history: Cahill is ninth all-time in three-point shots made (101), third in three-point field goal percentage (37.3%) and eighth all-time in free-throw percentage (77.1%).
Cahill was also a skilled tennis player prior to her collegiate basketball career. She was named Player of the Year on the Cape during her senior year of high school at Dennis Yarmouth Regional in South Yarmouth, Mass.
Cahill graduated from St. Michael’s College and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990. She currently resides in Worcester, Mass.