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Assistant Coach Candice Finley
Candice Finley is in her first season as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Xavier, after spending two seasons at the University of Massachusetts.
In her time at UMass, Finley helped the Minutewomen post 30 wins after only winning nine games during the 2016-17 season. She also served as the recruiting coordinator during her time in Amherst, hauling in the 57th ranked class in the country last season (according to Blue Star Basketball).
Prior to UMass, she spent four seasons at Eastern Michigan (2012-16) - helping the Eagles post two 20-win seasons and advance to three postseason tournaments. The Eagles won eight games during her first season (2012-13) on the bench before recording 24 wins only two seasons later and playing in the WNIT Sweet 16.
Finley also has assistant coaching stops at Eastern Kentucky (2008-11), Southern Connecticut State (2007-08) and Romulus (Mich.) from 2003-05. She also served as head coach at Romulus from 2005-07.
Finley played professionally in Luxembourg for one season following a standout playing career at Eastern Kentucky (1997-01). She earned all-conference honors as a senior after leading the team in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (5.5). Finley also helped the Lady Colonels win the 1998 Ohio Valley Conference Championship.
The Detriot, Mich., native also won three state titles as a player at Bishop Borgess HS.
Assistant Coach Mary Grimes
Mary Grimes is in her first year as an Assistant Coach at Xavier University, after spending three years at Le Moyne University in New York.
Grimes returned to the sidelines of the Dolphins after spending two seasons as an assistant under Jeanne Dupree from 2003-05. In her prior stint with the Dolphins, she assisted with practice plans, on-court instruction, recruiting and scouting. She also organized team travel, film exchange and individual skill instruction and monitored student-athlete academic progress.
Grimes comes back to the Heights from the University at Albany, where she spent the last seven years. She served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the highly-successful women's basketball team from 2010-16. The Great Danes won five consecutive America East Conference Championships from 2012-16 and earned berths in the NCAA Championships each of those five seasons. UAlbany went 146-47 in the six years that Grimes was on the staff, including a mark of 107-23 over the final four seasons. The Great Danes were 83-13 in America East competition, including 60-4 to claim four consecutive America East regular season titles over the last four years of her tenure. In her role with the Great Danes, she was responsible for all recruiting duties, including identifying potential prospects (domestic and international), analyzing their fit to the program and making contact with the players and coaches, while also coordinating official visits, unofficial visits and home visits. She was also responsible for game scheduling of opponents for future seasons, scouting opponents and developing game strategies along with player development of guards, on floor coaching and assisting with practice planning.
Prior to her time at UAlbany, Grimes was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Syracuse University for five years. With the Orange, she was an assistant coach from 2005-10 and added recruiting coordinator duties for the final two years. She was responsible for scouting reports and pre/post-game film breakdown, assisting with strategies and game planning for opponents and on-floor coaching. She was also the liaison for strength and conditioning and monitored student-athlete academic progress. As recruiting coordinator, she was responsible for recruiting the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report's eighth-ranked class in 2009. The Orange posted a 16-win improvement from Grimes' first season on the staff (nine wins) to her final season under head coach Quentin Hillsman (25 wins). The Orange earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 after going 22-8 prior to the announcement of the tournament field. The Orange appeared in the WNIT in 2009 and advanced to the 2010 WNIT quarterfinals.
Grimes is a 2003 graduate of Siena College, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in marketing and management. Grimes was a four-year member of the Saints' women's basketball team under the direction of Castelli, who was assisted by Hillsman during Grimes' freshman and sophomore seasons. Grimes started 93 of 119 games played as a Saint, scored 770 points, grabbed 288 rebounds, dished out 220 assists and posted 123 steals. The Saints were the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season champions in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and captured the MAAC Tournament Championship in 2001 to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Saints appeared in the WNIT in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the second round in 2003.
Assistant Coach Dan Lang
Dan Lang is in his first season as an Assistant Coach at Xavier University after spending the last seven years at SUNY Sullivan.
Lang was named head coach at SUNY Sullivan in August of 2012. He took over a program that had little success and has made it into one of the top NJCAA DIII basketball programs in the country.
In Lang’s first season (2012-2013) at SUNY Sullivan he led the Lady Generals to what was then their best record in program history. They finished 23-8 as he developed his first Player Of The Year and All-American player in Regina Steele.
In 2013-2014 Lang once again rewrote the record books at SUNY Sullivan. His team finished with the most wins in program history with an overall record of 26-5. In two years; Lang had taken a program from obscurity to their first ever Region 15 Championship and NJCAA National Tournament appearance. They would finish the season with the highest ever NJCAA DIII ranking for SUNY Sullivan as they finished ranked 6th in the country.
Since Lang’s arrival the Lady Generals have never won less than 23 games. They have won four consecutive undefeated Mid-Hudson Conference Championships (2014,2015,2016,2017). In 2016 the SUNY Sullivan women finished ranked 8th in the country in the NJCAA DIII rankings. During his time at Sullivan; Lang has developed countless All-Region players that have gone on to have great success playing at four year colleges.
Before Sullivan, Lang spent the 2011-2012 season as an Assistant Men’s Coach at Orange County Community College. There he learned from legendary Coach Tom Rickard and helped the team to a 22-9 overall record. Prior to Orange County; Lang started his coaching career as Assistant Girls Coach at Paul VI Catholic High School during the 2010-2011 season where he helped lead the girls to their 5th consecutive State Championship.
Coach Lang received a Bachelors degree in Sports Management and Recreation from Coastal Carolina University in 2010; where he was also manager for the women’s basketball team. He earned his Associates degree in Mathematics in 2008 from Orange County Community College. At Orange County, Lang was captain and starting guard for the men’s basketball team; helping them to the NJCAA National Tournament.