Jeanine Radice, a former standout player at Fordham, completed her 18th season along the sidelines at the University of Delaware as Tina Martin’s top assistant in 2013-14.
Her tenure is the longest of any current assistant coach among UD men’s and women’s athletics teams and ties her for 10th amongst active NCAA Division I assistant/associate women’s basketball coaches at one institution.
Radice’s primary responsibilities at Delaware include serving as the recruiting coordinator, scouting opponents, coordinating non-conference scheduling, individual player development (backcourt) and organizing daily activities. Additionally, Radice is the Assistant Director of the Tina Martin Girl’s Basketball Camp, held annually each summer.
Radice, who was promoted to associate head coach in April 2000, has played a key role in Delaware’s rise to the top of the America East conference and now to the upper echelon of the Colonial Athletic Association.
During her 18 seasons with the Blue Hens, Radice has helped lead Delaware to 361 wins, a 65.3 winning percentage, four NCAA Tournament berths (including a trip to the Sweet 16), seven WNIT appearances and four conference titles. UD has also advanced to its league semifinals 13 times during her 18 seasons.
Radice was monumental in leading the 2013-14 squad into unknown territory after losing one of the most memorable and talented classes in school history following the 2012-13 campaign. The Blue Hens bounced back from graduating seven seniors, including 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne, and a career total of over 6,500 points, 3,200 rebounds and 1,100 assists in remarkable fashion.
Delaware fielded nine freshmen and sophomores in 2013-14 with just three juniors and seniors, a far cry from the squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 just a season ago. The returning Blue Hens combined for a total of 1,505 minutes (20.8 percent), 383 points (15.8 percent) and 269 rebounds (7.5 percent) in 2012-13. Fellow CAA schools predicted Delaware would finish fifth in the league while just one player (Akeema Richards) was chosen to the Preseason All-CAA Second Team.
This all served as motivation for UD as the Blue Hens returned to the CAA Championship game for the fourth straight season and earned a berth into the WNIT following a year where Delaware went 20-11 overall and 10-6 in the conference. The Blue Hens traveled north for a WNIT First Round contest wherein the eventual tournament champion, Rutgers, edged UD, 65-61.
During that noted 2012-13 season, Radice helped guide one of the most illustrious squads in Delaware history as the Hens saw another record-breaking year. UD finished the season with an incredible 32-4 mark, went undefeated in CAA play for the second consecutive year and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Hens finished atop the CBI Mid-Major Poll for the second straight season while receiving a No. 15 spot in the Associated Press Poll and a No. 16 spot in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Delaware also recorded a school-record 27 straight victories, besting the team’s streak of 21 consecutive wins during the 2011-12 slate, and good for third nationally behind Baylor and Notre Dame. Dating to the 2010-11 season, UD has won 37 straight CAA regular season wins, a mark that is good for second nationally behind Baylor and the most in the league since Old Dominion won 95 consecutive contests from 1995 to 2001.
The Blue Hens earned a No. 6 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, where Delaware defeated No. 11 West Virginia, 66-53, before upsetting No. 3 North Carolina, 78-69, at a sold-out Bob Carpenter Center to advance to the Sweet 16. UD was unable to make a comeback against No. 2 Kentucky as the Hens ended their run with a 69-62 loss to the Wildcats in Bridgeport, Conn.
The 2011-12 Blue Hens collected a record-breaking year with a 31-2 record while going undefeated in CAA play and winning the first postseason game in school history.
Delaware set a previous school record for wins in a season including a record 21 straight victories and claimed the first CAA Tournament title in UD history. The Hens earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and posted a 73-42 win over Arkansas Little Rock, the first postseason win by a men’s or women’s basketball team in school history. Delaware ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after climbing as high as No. 7 in early March.
Early in Radice’s tenure at Delaware, she helped the Blue Hens turnaround from a 6-21 mark in 1997-98 to a record of 21-8 and a trip to the America East semifinals in 1999-2000.
UD pulled it together during the 2000-01 campaign as the Hens enjoyed the finest season in school history. Delaware posted a record of 26-5, setting school records for wins in a season and consecutive victories (17) while cruising to the America East regular season title with a 17-1 record.
The Blue Hens wrapped up the season with their first ever America East Championship, the team’s first conference title since 1991, and their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Delaware also received its first ever votes in the USA Today Top 25 poll during the season.
Radice and the Hens made it two straight post-season appearance in 2001-02 as the first-year members of the CAA finished with a 23-7 mark, the second highest season win total in school history. Delaware advanced to the CAA Tournament semifinals and earned its first ever WNIT berth that season.
The string of success continued in 2002-03 as Radice helped lead an unheralded team to a 22-9 record and a mark of 15-3 in conference play, tying Old Dominion for the regular season title. It marked the first time since 1992-93 that the Monarchs did not win the league regular season outright. The Blue Hens fell to ODU in the CAA Championship before qualifying for the WNIT Tournament for the second straight season.
The victories remained constant for the 2004-05 team as the Hens posted a 25-6 record while going 16-2 in the CAA. Delaware claimed the CAA regular season title and tied the school record for consecutive wins in a season with 17. The Blue Hens ended Old Dominion’s 122-game home CAA win streak and then became the first CAA team since the 1992-93 Richmond Spiders to sweep ODU in the regular season before a school record crowd at home.
The squad received votes in the USA Today Top 25 Poll over the second half of the season and once again saw post-season play in the WNIT.
The winning ways continued in 2005-06 as Delaware went 22-8 and earned its fifth post-season berth in six seasons, advancing to the WNIT.
During the 2006-07 campaign, Radice and the Blue Hens tied the school record with 26 wins and tied the school record for conference wins with 16. Delaware also received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll for the first time in school history.
UD fell in the CAA semifinals to James Madison that season, but garnered the school’s first ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Hens were unable to come up with a victory as Michigan State defeated Delaware, 69-58, in Lansing, Mich.
Tyresa Smith, who was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, became the first Delaware player to be drafted into the WNBA that spring when the Phoenix Mercury selected her with the 18th overall pick.
Having graduated four key members of the NCAA Tournament team, the Blue Hens suffered a 7-24 season in 2007-08 before bouncing back and securing a .500 record of 15-15 in 2008-09.
In 2009-10, Delaware returned to dominance with a solid 21-12 season highlighted by CAA semifinal and WNIT appearances. The Hens smashed their previous attendance record having seated over 16,000 more than ever before that season and lost seven games by five points or less. UD ended its season by dropping a 67-49 game to Richmond in the opening round of the WNIT.
Despite a loss in the CAA Championship as the No. 7 seed in the 2010-11 season, the Blue Hens secured 20 wins for the ninth time under Martin and for the second straight year. Delaware was selected to the WNIT for a second straight season and was denied its first post-season win as the Hens fell, 58-55, to the eventual WNIT Champion University of Toledo.
Prior to joining the staff at Delaware, Radice spent four seasons as an assistant coach with Martin at Seton Hall. The duo helped lead the Pirates to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 1995. Additionally, Radice served as an assistant coach at Marist College.
Radice earned her bachelor’s degree (1989) and master’s degrees (1990) from Fordham, where she put up an outstanding career. Radice is second on the all-time leading scoring list with 2,417 career points and ranks second all-time with 929 field goals made. She also holds the Fordham career records for scoring average (21.8), 3-point field goal percentage (.475) and free throw percentage (.851).
A three-time first team selection to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team, Radice was chosen as the MAAC Rookie of the Year in 1985 and the Player of the Year in 1989.
Radice was named Fordham’s Outstanding Female Athlete three times during her career and was inducted into the Fordham Hall of Fame in 1995. In addition to starring on the basketball court, Radice was a standout for the Fordham cross country team.
In March 2014, Radice was honored for her time at Fordham as an Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Legend. Although Fordham was a member of the MAAC during Radice’s career, the A-10 Legends group consists of former student-athletes and coaches who played or coached basketball at current A-10 member institutions. Current A-10 commissioner and former Georgia Tech head coach Bernadette McGlade once described Radice as, “one of the most outstanding perimeter shooters we’ve had the opportunity to see, especially shooting the ball on the move.”
A native of Staten Island, New York, Radice is an avid runner who has competed in numerous marathons.