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White Plains' Hall-Gregory Named NYU Hoops Coach

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Lauren Hall-Gregory of White Plains has been hired by New York University as its head women's basketball coach, the New York City college announced Tuesday.

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next Head Coach at New York University,” Hall-Gregory said in a press release. “I am excited to represent a university that offers a world class experience to its student athletes. NYU provides a great combination of a basketball program that is rich with a tradition of success and an athletic department that is supportive and motivated to be great.”

Hall-Gregory spent the past four seasons as the recruiting coordinator and first assistant coach at Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. In her four years at Sacred Heart, the Pioneers went 87-40 (.685) overall and 57-9 (.864) in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and made two trips to the NCAA Division I Championship.

“I am excited that Lauren Hall-Gregory has accepted this position,” said Christopher Bledsoe, NYU assistant vice president for student affairs/director of athletics. “In our conversations it was clear that she understood what makes NYU and the NYU student-athlete experience special. She is prepared to work hard and smart to improve all facets of NYU basketball. Lauren is the right person to revitalize NYU basketball and reestablish our place in the University Athletic Association and on the national stage.”

Among Hall-Gregory's recruits at Sacred Heart were Ericka Norman, the 2012 NEC Tournament MVP, and Gabby Washington, the 2012 NEC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-NEC selection.

Prior to her time in Fairfield, Hall-Gregory was a graduate assistant coach at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where the Mountain Hawks reached the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament both years and posted an 18-13 overall record in 2007-08. She began her coaching career as an assistant at the College of St. Mary's in Omaha, Neb., in 2005-06.

A 2003 graduate of Long Island's Hofstra University, Hall-Gregory was a three-year starter and three-year captain for the Pride at point guard. She led the America East Conference in assists as a sophomore and was first in the Colonial Athletic Association in helpers as a junior. The Pride's MVP her sophomore year, Hall-Gregory ended her career fourth in school history in assists (454).

“My first priority is to get to know each one of my new players,” Hall-Gregory said. “They are the most important parts of building this new program. Together, a day at a time, we will give it everything we have.”

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