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April 10, 2012
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SRU Good News for April 10, 2012


SRU graduate heads Providence College women’s basketball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Susan Robinson Fruchtl, a 1999 Slippery Rock University master of education in secondary guidance and counseling graduate, has been named head women's basketball coach at Providence College. She becomes the ninth head coach in the program's 38-year history, and replaces Phil Seymore, who resigned in March.

"We are thrilled to introduce Susan as the ninth women's basketball coach at Providence College," Bob Driscoll, Providence athletics director, said. "She has demonstrated a high level of success as a coach, a player and in the classroom at a variety of levels. Susan is a winner. Her commitment to academics and passion for coaching the game of basketball makes her a great fit to lead our student-athletes and our women's basketball program to the next level."

Robinson Fruchtl will be formally introduced today at a 2 p.m. news conference.

"I am humbled and thrilled to become the next head women's basketball coach at Providence College," Robinson Fruchtl said. "I truly believe that it is a great fit for me and for Providence. Having played at a very high level, I am excited to be able to recruit and work with student-athletes, who will hopefully share some of the same goals that I had as a player. I am very proud to represent the Providence Friars and we will work hard to get the word out about Providence women's basketball. It is an awesome opportunity to build a program and coach in the Big East. It is one of the premier conferences in the nation, and it will present a serious challenge every night we step on the court. I will strive to get student-athletes who will love Providence and who will make people proud to come watch them. We want to reach out to alumni, players and fans in the greater Providence area to let them know that Friartown is heading in a positive direction. I want to thank Father [Brian] Shanley, Bob Driscoll and Jill LaPoint for sharing their vision clearly and giving me the opportunity to lead this program into the future. I look forward to working with everyone at Providence College in making our program grow."

Robinson Fruchtl comes to Providence after spending the last five seasons at St. Francis University from 2007-12. She guided the Red Flash to three-consecutive Northeast Conference Championship Games, captured two conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. She garnered Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors at the completion of the 2011 campaign after leading St. Francis to a 22-11 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the NEC. That same year, the Red Flash won the NEC regular-season title and the tournament title. The team's 22 victories in 2011 are tied for third-most in program history.


While at SRU she served as a volunteer assistant for the North Allegheny girls' basketball team. Robinson Fruchtl also has a master's in higher education from PSU. Her undergraduate degree from PSU is in exercise and sports science.


She was head girls' basketball coach at Beaver Area High School, where she also worked as a guidance counselors. She helped revive the basketball program, and led the Cats to the PIAA Class AAA Playoffs in each of her final two seasons.


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