Lisa Cermignano begins her fifth season as a member of coach Joe McKeown's staff and her fourth season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, after serving as the team's administrative assistant in 2001-02. Cermignano handles junior recruiting, serves as the scouting coordinator, monitors selected players academic progress and serves as the alumni liaison.
Cermignano's coaching duties are focused on team defense and developing the Colonials' guards and other perimeter players. Under her tutelage, Cathy Joens developed into GW's top career three-point shooter and won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Player of the Year awards. Cermignano oversaw the development of Marsheik Witherspoon, who finished her career 12th all-time at GW in assists. While working with Anna Montañana, she was a First Team All-Conference selection twice and a WBCA/Kodak All-America Honorable Mention in 2004-05.
Cermignano is now developing guard Kimberly Beck who was named A-10 Rookie of the Year last season. This year, Beck was already named Preseason All-Conference and Preseason All-Defensive team and was the only sophomore selected for either honor.
Cermignano began her coaching career at the University of Maryland where she served as an assistant coach during the Terrapins' 1997-98 campaign. The next season she was the assistant coach at St. James High School in Carneys Point, NJ. From there, she was hired by Monmouth University and served as a Hawks' assistant coach from 1999-2001.
Cermignano, who earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from GW in 1997, is one of the most accomplished players in the school's history. She helped lead the Colonials to four NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 1995 and an appearance in the Elite Eight in 1997. Cermignano was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection during her career. A three-year starter, she served as a team captain as a senior in 1996-97. After her final campaign, she was named The South Jersey Basketball Club's College Player of the Year.
Cermignano ranks second on GW's career three-pointers made ledger with 270. The guard finished her career with 1,278 points, the 14th-highest total in program history. She also ranks sixth on GW's career assists list (399) and is tied with former teammate and fellow Colonials' assistant coach Tajama (Abraham) Ngongba for most games played (130). Cermignano helped lead GW to an impressive 103-27 record (.792 winning pct.) during her playing career.
Cermignano, who currently resides in Arlington, VA, was a standout performer at Gloucester (NJ) Catholic High School. She finished her prep career with more than 2,000 points and was named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year in 1993.
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