Head Appalachian State University women’s basketball coach Angel Elderkin finalized the coaching staff with the addition of former Le Moyne assistant women’s basketball coach Cristina Centeno to the same role.
“We are thrilled to have Cristina join our program,” Elderkin said. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the position. She has an infectious personality that our student-athletes, recruits and community will gravitate to. I have watched Cristina grow up in this profession under my mentor, Gina Castelli, and I cannot wait to see what she will bring to Appalachian State Women’s Basketball.”
Centeno will hit the ground running as she’ll contribute to recruiting, scouting, player development and coaching up the point guards. A point guard herself at Siena and the Puerto Rico National Team leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Centeno will provide her knowledge and expertise to the returning and incoming guards.
Prior to App State, Centeno spent four seasons at Le Moyne where she was responsible for player development and recruiting. Le Moyne finished with a winning record in three out of the four seasons, while in her first season, the Dolphins improved from six to 15 wins overall and four to 10 wins in conference play.
Centeno helped with the development of freshman McKayla Roberts, who averaged 11.2 points per game en route to being named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year. Also, Centeno assisted in the development of Vandell Andrade, who was named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, second-team all-conference and 2016 WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention.
In 2016-17, Centeno helped the Dolphins reach the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals for the second time in 21 seasons.
“It is with great excitement that I join the Mountaineer family,” stated Centeno. “I am extremely humbled and blessed to be a part of Coach Elderkin’s staff. Her positive energy and incredible vision for the program inspires me to help lead this program to the top of the Sun Belt Conference.”
A starter all four years at Siena, Centeno enjoyed a decorated career where she is 10th all-time in school history with 343 assists. She is just is one of only 13 players in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to record career totals of at least 900 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers.
Centeno was selected fourth overall by the Quebradillas Pirates in the 2012 Draft of Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF). During the 2012 season, Centeno averaged 11.8 points (3rd on the team), 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-best 1.8 steals to earn BSNF Rookie of the Year accolades while guiding the Pirates to the regular season championship and a spot in the BSNF championship game.
Centeno graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
What they’re saying about Centeno
“Angel (Elderkin) has hired a gem! Cristina Centeno is a very talented and gifted coach! She is passionate about the game and extremely knowledgeable. Her character is beyond measure, and she will bring out the best in others!
Gina Castelli - Le Moyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach