Candice Signor-Brown has been named head coach of the Swarthmore College women’s basketball program, Marian Ware Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation Adam Hertz recently announced. Signor-Brown comes to Swarthmore after coaching at Vassar College for the past 10 seasons.
“We are glad to have Candice as the newest member of the Swarthmore Athletics family,” says Hertz. “She brings a wealth of experience and success from her time at Vassar, and her philosophy complements ours.”
Signor-Brown posted a .600 win percentage at Vassar and a record of 159 wins and 106 losses. Prior to her time at Vassar, she coached for three years at Manhattanville College.
Signor-Brown guided the Vassar Brewers on their 2018–19 run to the NCAA Tournament and earned the Liberty League’s Coaching Staff of the Year recognition for the third time. The Brewers won 16 consecutive games and finished with a 21–7 record. Signor-Brown has coached teams to the NCAA Tournament in four seasons.
The academic success of her student-athletes is incredibly important to Signor-Brown, as well. Last year, her Vassar team had the second-highest GPA in all of Division III.
“Words can’t express my excitement to be named the next women’s basketball coach at Swarthmore College,” says Signor-Brown. “Swarthmore is a great academic institution, and I believe its academic reputation will attract some of the best talent in the country. I am extremely thankful to Adam Hertz and the search committee for this great opportunity. I am confident that in the years to come the Swarthmore women’s basketball program will be competitive and a Centennial Conference Championship contender. "
Signor-Brown attended and played basketball at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and scored 1,130 points in just three seasons. She placed on the All-America First Team in her junior and senior seasons and helped lead her team all the way to the Division III Final Four in her final campaign.
Signor-Brown takes the place of Renee DeVarney, who stepped down after coaching the women’s basketball program for 14 seasons. The women’s basketball team opens the 2019–20 season on the road at Alvernia on Nov. 11.
Listen to Candice Signor-Brown speak with KYW Newsradio about her visions for the program: