Stoia Appointed Loras College Assistant Coach for Women’s Basketball

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Loras College women’s basketball head coach Justin Heinzen announced the addition of Seana Stoia as the assistant coach for the Duhawks. Stoia comes to Loras from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she served as a graduate assistant coach with the women’s basketball team.
“We’re really excited about how this competitive search played out,” said Heinzen. “Seana is a great fit for Loras and comes from strong liberal arts experience.  She knows winning, will transition well socially, and will add great value in terms of perspective and experience on the floor and mentorship for our young women.  We’re excited to learn from, progress with, and move things forward with her on staff!”
While on staff with the Warhawks, Whitewater won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) regular season title in 2019-20 and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Warhawks tallied two first team all-conference selections in addition to the WIAC Newcomer of the Year. The year prior, Whitewater made an appearance in the WIAC and NCAA Division III Tournament and saw one student-athlete earn the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star honors.
She also held roles in Whitewater’s athletic department as a compliance intern and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Coach Heinzen’s staff and the opportunity to coach at a premier institution such as Loras,” said Stoia. “As a former Division III player and assistant coach, I understand the challenges our program will face during this pandemic and the high expectations and uncertainty for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Regardless, I can’t wait to join the Duhawk family and help cultivate and build on an already winning atmosphere at Loras.”
Prior to Whitewater, Stoia was on staff with the University of Southwestern women’s basketball team in which the team improved from a 10-16 record in 2016-17 to 14-14 in 2017-18. The Pirates advanced to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament and saw one player earn All-Conference nods.
As a student-athlete at the University of Dallas, Stoia eclipsed 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career and was an All-Conference honoree all four seasons. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business in 2017 and her master’s degree in education with emphasis on higher education athletic administration from Whitewater.
Stoia begins her career with the Duhawks in September upon relocating to Dubuque.