LOWELL, Mass. – After three seasons, UMass Lowell Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Garrick has stepped down from his position with the River Hawks.
The announcement comes after the four-year NBA veteran’s wife, Shea Ralph, was named the head coach of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program earlier this week.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce I will be leaving the UMass Lowell family,” explained Garrick. “I have experienced more support, guidance, and goodwill here at UML than I can convey. I leave knowing I did my best to elevate the program and hopefully, I leave it better than when I arrived. I have full confidence and belief in the administration and their desire to keep pushing the program forward.”
During his three seasons in Lowell, the River Hawks have seen unprecedented growth at the Division I level, including back-to-back winning seasons and two straight America East Playoffs semifinal appearances.
“First and foremost, I want to take the time to thank Coach Garrick for everything he has done for our women’s basketball program, our student-athletes, and our entire River Hawk community for the last three years,” said UMass Lowell Director of Athletics Peter Casey. “We are sad to be losing a great coach, mentor, and colleague, but thrilled for this opportunity for his family. He has truly left UMass Lowell better than he found us, and he will always be a River Hawk.”
Under Garrick’s guidance, the River Hawks went 24-24 in three seasons of conference action, in addition to turning in their two most successful Division I seasons overall. In 2019-20, the team set a DI program record with 16 total wins, and put together a record, seven-game win streak in America East play en route to a program-best, 11-5 league finish, earning its first-ever home playoff game.
This past season, UMass Lowell also earned double-digit wins in conference action for its second consecutive semifinal appearance. Additionally, the River Hawks held their opponents to an average of just 23.5 percent from beyond the arc to rank second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Garrick coached six student-athletes to America East All-Conference selections during his tenure, as well.
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