With over two decades of experience in women's basketball, Patty Coyle begins her third season on the Panthers women's basketball staff.
Coyle, a native of Philadelphia, came to Pitt after five seasons as the head coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty. She led the Liberty to the playoffs in four of five seasons, including two Eastern Conference Finals appearances. Coyle served as an assistant for the squad from 1998-04, prior to taking over the top spot during the '04 season.
Prior to her time with the Liberty, Coyle was the head coach at Loyola College in Maryland. She tallied a 100-77 record and was the program's all-time leader in wins after only six seasons. She guided Loyola to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship game four times in five years, capturing tournament titles in back-to-back seasons (1994, 1995) which paved the way for NCAA postseason tournament appearances.
From 1989-92, Coyle served as an assistant at Saint Joseph's University where in her first two seasons, the Hawks went a combined 47-15 with two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Coyle was an assistant at her alma mater, Rutgers University, from 1984-89 alongside her former coach and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz. During her playing career at Rutgers (1978-82), the Lady Knights posted a combined 108-22 record. Coyle starred in the backcourt with her twin sister, Mary (Coyle) Klinger - now the head girls' basketball coach at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J. Klinger was the head coach of the East squad at the 2011 McDonald's All-American game.
The Coyle twins helped guide Rutgers to the 1982 AIAW National Championship, an 83-77 win over Texas in their hometown of Philadelphia. Coyle scored 30 points in the title game, earning MVP honors. She graduated from Rutgers with the fourth highest scoring total (1,209 points) and currently ranked 22nd in the record book today.
A former gold medalist at both the United States Olympic Festival (1979 and '80) and 1980 Pan American Games, Coyle was inducted into the inaugural class of the Rutgers Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
She has also been lauded by the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame (1999) most recently, the New Jersey Sportswriters' Hall of Fame (2009).