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McCarley returns to UMBC as Grad Assistant

Taylor McCarley will return to UMBC as an Graduate Assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.

If anybody was the perfect embodiment of what a college basketball player should be, it was Taylor McCarley. The 2017 UMBC graduate had a remarkable four-year career and finished ranked fourth all-time in program’s scoring (1,449), third in assists (488) and third in steals (236). She also is the all-time leader in free throws made (539) and free throws attempted (740).

During her four years at UMBC, McCarley led UMBC to back-to-back WBI Tournament appearances, including the program’s first-ever national postseason tournament victory, was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Conference Third Team, and was twice an All-Defensive Team and All-Conference First Team selected. This past April, she was named a Division I-AAA Athletics Director Association Scholar-Athlete.

And all of that, her hard work and ability to lead by example will return to the Retrievers sidelines next year. UMBC women’s basketball head coach Phil Stern announced on Wednesday that McCarley will join his coaching staff as a graduate assistant for this upcoming season. She is one of three former Retrievers on Stern’s staff, joining Carlee Cassidy Dewey, ’10 and Chelsea Barker Walsh, ’11.

“I am very excited to be coming back into the women’s basketball program here at UMBC. I am grateful for coach Stern giving me an opportunity to see the coaching side of basketball,” McCarley said in a statement. “Hopefully my experience playing under coach Stern will help me assist the team because I know what he expects on and off the court. I look forward to starting a new chapter here at UMBC and giving back to the program that has given so much to me.”

Cassidy Dewey, Barker Walsh, Courtney Pilypaitis and Kayl Stroman will all return as assistant coaches on Stern’s staff in 2017-18.

UMBC will start their season on Nov. 10 with a Trip to the Bronx, NY to take on Fordham. They will play at Hofstra two days later.

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