In 2016-17, Liz Stieg begins her fourth season as head women’s basketball coach at Carlow University, where she oversees all aspects of the program and continues to change the culture by stressing her philosophy of "fundamentals and family." Carlow has increased its win total in each of the three seasons Stieg has been the head coach.
Stieg coached the Celtics to a standout 2015-16 season, which culminated in a berth to the USCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time in five years. Carlow also finished in the top eight teams in the KIAC, after beginning the season ranked 13th, to qualify for the KIAC playoffs. With the addition of Stieg's 2016-17 recruiting class of seven talented players, the Celtics are looking forward to building upon that success.
Stieg has developed three Celtics into USCAA All-Americans: Erin DiSanti (1st Team, 2014-15), Lynzi Mueller (2nd Team, 2015-16, and Honorable Mention, 2014-15), and Natalie Alexander (2nd Team, 2015-16).
Stieg was appointed head coach at Carlow after serving as the team’s assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to joining the Celtics coaching staff, she served as an assistant coach at American International College (NCAA Division II) for the 2010-11 season. Her coaching resume also includes three years as a top assistant coach at Western New England University and one season as an assistant coach at Amherst College. Stieg also served as the Assistant Director of the Nike Girls Basketball Camp for two summers while at Amherst College.
Stieg, a native of Agawam, Mass., is a 2006 graduate of Bridgewater State College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, with a double concentration in Exercise Science and Recreation and Fitness Club Administration. During her time at Bridgewater State College, she played point guard and shooting guard for the Bears. Stieg also earned her Master of Education degree in Sport Management at Springfield College, in 2009.
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach : Aaron Burton
Aaron Burton is entering his second season as a member of the Celtics coaching staff in 2016-17. In addition to his on-court coaching and scouting responsibilities, Burton primarily will be working with the post players this season.
In 2015-16, Burton was instrumental in the development of the guards, including two USCAA All-Americans (Lynzi Mueller and Natalie Alexander, both 2nd Team).
Before coming to Carlow, Burton served as a student assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he earned a degree in Small Business Management. At IUP, his primary responsibilities involved video coordination and developing scouting reports. During his time with the program, IUP had four winning seasons and advanced as far as the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.
Burton, a Philadelphia native, played four years of high school basketball at City Center Academy. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, he coached and mentored youth in basketball summer leagues.
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach: Jessalyn Timko
Former Carlow University women’s basketball captain Jessalyn Timko is entering her third season as a member of the Celtics coaching staff in 2016-17. Her primary responsibilities are guard development and assisting the head coach in administering practice and game coaching.
During her four-year playing career, Timko appeared in 94 games while scoring 712 points and pulling down 413 rebounds from her guard position. While Timko was a well-rounded player, her opponents most knew her for her defense. Her best game came during the 2013-14 season against KIAC opponent Alice Lloyd. During that game, she netted 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while defending two-time KIAC Player of the Year Ariel Nickell.
Timko, a Belle Vernon, Pa. native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2014.
Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant: Erin DiSanti
Erin DiSanti, a former team captain and standout point guard at Carlow, begins her second season as a member of the women's basketball staff in 2016-17. Erin will be working with guards this season, specifically guiding Carlow's young point guards. She will serve as a graduate assistant while pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration at Carlow.
DiSanti transitioned to coaching after an illustrious career with the Celtics. The Tarentum, Pa. native was named the 2011-12 AMC Freshman of the Year and continued to earn All-Tournament honors throughout her career. She is a two time USCAA Academic All-American and NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was named a USCAA All-American as a senior. DiSanti is also a member of the Carlow 1,000 point Club, ending her career with 1,110 points.
Her hard work on and off the court was recognized by Carlow University when she was selected as the 2014-15 Outstanding Senior Athlete and was inducted into Carlow's Walk of Fame, in the fall of 2015.
Women's Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach: Marissa McGraw
Marissa McGraw is joining the Carlow University women's basketball staff in the 2016-17 season. McGraw will oversee all aspects of the program's strength and conditioning program.
McGraw holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification and practices as a certified personal trainer. She has prior training experience working with small groups and individual athletes, focusing on developing and improving their overall sport-specific performance. In 2014, McGraw founded her own small business, MarissaMcGrawFit, which is an online service that develops and implements training programs to her rapidly growing clientele.
McGraw is also a nationally qualified NPC (National Physic Committee) bikini competitor. This past spring, McGraw took third place in Novice Division at the Mid-Atlantic Championship and placed fifth in her Open Class at the NPC Pittsburgh Championship.