Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A dream became reality for Linda Cimino on Friday afternoon as she was introduced as Binghamton University's new women's basketball coach.
"Everybody here has dreams and my dream was to be standing here today," Cimino said. "That dream came true, so thank you for this opportunity."
After a month long search, the BU women's basketball program has a new head coach. Cimino becomes the 13th coach in school history, taking over for Nicole Scholl.
But after winning just 11 combined games over the past two seasons, Cimino knows the job won't be easy. However, she believes she can bring a winning attitude to the Bearcats.
"You can win here. I'm not going to say it's going to happen tomorrow, but you can win here," she said. "We can build a contender in the America East conference here. I think when I say sleeping giant, I mean we need to wake up and realize what we have and we have to go after it and get it done here."
Cimino joins the program after being the head coach at Caldwell College for the past eight seasons. She leaves the school as the all-time wins leader with 128 victories. Her teams made it to the conference finals the last two seasons.
But before she got to Caldwell, the team wasn't nearly as successful. In the four seasons before Cimino's arrival, they went 39-71. Cimino believes a similar transformation can happen here in Binghamton.
"I'm not looking to make a quick fix here. I'm looking to build from the bottom up and develop the talent that we have on the team already and bring in the pieces," she said on Friday. "I think each year you can develop and each year you can find different pieces that you need to help you in the process. Going forward, hopefully in three of four years we're contending for an America East Conference tournament."
She began that process on Friday by meeting with the team in the morning. Cimino says once they get back from Spring Break, they'll be back on the court working to improve for next season.