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Stephanie McCaffrey
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Drexel Hill, Pa.
Alma Mater: Saint Joseph's '04
Experience: 10 Years
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Returning to the bench for her 10th season as assistant coach is former Saint Joseph’s standout Stephanie McCaffrey.

In her first season as an assistant coach, McCaffrey (nee Graff) worked diligently with the Hawk post players, helping Sarah Acker to finish amongst the Atlantic 10 leaders in shooting percentage, rebounds and blocked shots. Focusing on guard play in 2008-09, she helped Mary Kate McDade finish second in the Atlantic 10 in assists and Jenna Loschiavo rank third in three pointers made. During the 2009-10 season, McCaffrey saw the SJU guards improve their totals for assists (355) over the previous year (330), while freshman Ashley Prim became the first SJU guard to win Big 5 Co-Rookie of the Year.

In 2010-11, McCaffrey returned to coaching the post players as the Hawks finished fourth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage and sixth in blocked shots. The duo of juniors Kelly Cavallo and Samira van Grinsven combined for the second-most rejections in the Atlantic 10 (92), while Cavallo posted the second-highest single-season shooting percentage in Saint Joseph’s history at 61.4 percent. The pair followed up with equally impressive campaigns in 2011-12 under McCaffrey’s watch. Cavallo ranked among the A-10 leaders in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage en route to earning All-Big 5 Second Team honors. Starting all but one game, van Grinsven  etched her name among the SJU’s all-time leaders in blocked shots, tallying 77 in just two seasons on Hawk Hill.

In 2012-13, McCaffrey helped hone the skills of Chatilla van Grinsven into Big 5 Player of the Year honors. Under her guidance, van Grinsven collected the third-most rebounds in a season, posted 16 double-doubles and matched the single-game record for rebounds en route to being named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team.

In 2014-15, McCaffrey helped hone the skills of Sarah Fairbanks as she garnered the Big 5 Most Improved Player award and All-Big 5 Second Team honors. Averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, blocked shots and steals, Fairbanks additionally finished among the Atlantic 10 leaders in field goal percentage and scoring.

This past season, Fairbanks reached the 1,000 career point plateau and joined McCaffrey as the only two Hawks in program history to record 1,000 points, 600 reboounds and 100 blocked shots.

Prior to the 2007-08 season, McCaffrey spent two years as director of basketball operations for SJU before being appointed assistant coach in the summer of 2007.

Perhaps the most intimidating defensive player in Hawk history, McCaffrey finished her playing career as the single game (seven), season (76) and career (175) leader in blocked shots. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team selection, the forward finished her career sixth in total rebounds (788) and 12th in career scoring (1,193).

A 2003-04 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team and A-10 All-Defensive Team honoree, the Drexel Hill, Pa., native helped Saint Joseph's post an 80-43 record and earn three consecutive appearances in the Postseason WNIT over her four seasons.

A two-time Academic All-District II and A-10 All-Academic Team selection, McCaffrey graduated in 2004 with a degree in elementary/special education.

In 2004, McCaffrey became the 19th women's basketball player from Saint Joseph's to play professionally as she joined the University of Limerick/Augninish of the Irish Women's SuperLeague.

McCaffrey currently resides in Drexel Hill, Pa., with her husband, Jim, and children, Keara, Kaylin  and James IV.

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