ATLANTA — Candy Cage, assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech for the past three seasons, has been promoted to the position of associate head coach, Yellow Jacket head coach Agnus Berenato announced Thursday.
With the promotion, Cage, 35, will continue to serve as Tech’s recruiting coordinator and will assist in all other facets of the Yellow Jacket program.
“I think Candy is one of the best assistant coaches in the country,” Berenato said. “She has a tremendous gift for identifying, tracking and contacting talented players. She also understands the concept of the “student-athlete,” and has done an excellent job in recruiting players who can succeed both athletically and academically at Georgia Tech.
“Candy has had several schools contact her about their head coaching vacancies, and this promotion is a show of our appreciation and commitment to her. She is capable of running this team, and together, I think we form a good coaching tandem.”
Cage said the promotion is not only a show of Tech’s commitment to her, but her commitment to Georgia Tech.
“I’m very excited and honored that Coach Berenato has the confidence in me to promote me,” Cage said. “I love working at Georgia Tech and have great chemistry with Coach Berenato. We are so close to getting the program back to the NCAA tournament, and I want to remain here and be a part of that.”
Cage has been instrumental in helping Tech assemble three talented recruiting classes during her time on the Flats. Including Tech’s incoming signees for next season, nine of the Jackets’ 15 freshmen from the past three seasons have been named high school all-Americas or honorable mention all-Americas.
Among the players Cage has helped recruit to Tech are Niesha Butler (New York, N.Y.), the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, and 1999-00 signee Tamika Boatner (Memphis, Tenn.), a 1999 finalist for the Naismith National Prep Player-of-the-Year award.