NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Kendra Faustin, one of the area’s top up and coming young coaches, has been named Niagara University’s seventh women’s basketball coach, athletics director Ed Mc Laughlin announced Wednesday morning in the legendary Taps Gallagher Center.
“After a lengthy search with an excellent pool of candidates, I am thrilled to announce Kendra Faustin as our new women’s basketball coach,” McLaughlin said. “She has played an integral role in the success of the programs where she has worked in the past. She is a tireless recruiter, a high-energy personality and a tremendous role model for our student-athletes. We fully expect her to build upon the foundation created by Bill Agronin and take us to the top tier of the MAAC.”
University president Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. echoed McLaughlin’s sentiments regarding Faustin.
“We have found someone with the energy, commitment and talent to be successful as the head women’s basketball coach at Niagara University — someone who will put her own mark on the program,” Levesque said.
Faustin, who was introduced in the legendary Taps Gallagher Center, begins her first head coaching job immediately.
“I want to thank Fr. Levesque and Ed McLaughlin for this wonderful opportunity,” Faustin said. “I also want to thank all the people here at Niagara University who have made me feel so welcome and comfortable, with a special thanks to Glenn Hofmann, Theresa Berg and Coach men’s basketball coach Joe Mihalich.
“My vision for the future of Niagara women’s basketball is to have each student-athlete leave here having had the best experience possible academically, graduating, athletically, winning a MAAC championship, and personally, growing as an individual.
Faustin comes to Monteagle Ridge after spending three seasons as head assistant coach at Canisius College. She is responsible for working with the Golden Griffins’ post players, opponent scouting, recruiting players from the Midwestern portion of the United States and dealing with the program’s NCAA compliance issues.
Prior to arriving in Western New York, Faustin spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Division II Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. She was a part of the Hillsdale coaching staff that guided the Chargers to a school-best 23-6 record and a second-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division crown after the 2002-03 campaign.
Faustin began her collegiate coaching career at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., where the Knights posted a 20-8 record and earned a third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Faustin has worked numerous summer camps and clinics and served as Hillsdale’s summer camp coordinator and fund-raising coordinator.
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Faustin was selected the Lakers’ Co-Most Valuable Player after the 2000-01 season and also served as a team co-captain in her senior campaign.
A native of Hartland, Mich., Faustin, 28, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lake Superior State in 2001 and a master’s degree in sport administration at Canisius in 2006. She and her husband, R.J., currently reside in north Buffalo.