Suffolk University

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Ed Leyden

From 1980 until Coach Ed Leyden's 1994 arrival on Beacon Hill, the women's program at Suffolk University had an overall record of 85 wins and 201 losses.

Since 1994, Suffolk women's basketball has averaged a remarkable 15 wins a year.

Among the team's lengthy list of accomplishments are:

GNAC Coach of the Year -- Ed Leyden -- 1997, 1998, 2000
Most Wins in a Season -- 1999, with 19
GNAC Regular Season Title -- 2000
Top 25 Academic Team -- 2001, 2003 from WBCA
International competition -- 2003, first Suffolk team to play outside the United States, competing in the Sunshine Tournament in the Bahamas
NCAA Rankings -- 2003, 2005 Top 20 in Team Defense

Ed Leyden coached high school for 11 years. At Revere High School, his teams were 84-36, a .700 winning percentage. His teams won the Greater Boston League Title his last three seasons, going 44-1 in that stretch. Leyden was selected Coach of the Year twice by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. He was also named Boston Globe Coach of the Year. Ten of his former high school players were named captains of their college teams.

Leyden resides in North Reading with his wife Norma and their three children, Michael, Michelle and Daniel.

Leyden is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He received a Master's Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Boston State College. He is Mathematics teacher at Revere High School. He won the Student Government Leadership Award in spring of 2007.

Suffolk Women's Basketball Since 1994

Year Record
1994-95 5-17
1995-96 13-11
1996-97 12-13
1997-98 13-13
1998-99 18-8
1999-2000 19-7
2000-01 18-8
2001-02 16-8
2002-03 11-15
2003-04 19-7
2004-05 17-10
2005-06 15-11
2006-07 18-10

Assistant Coach Caitlin O'Loughlin

Caitlin O'Loughlin enters her third season on the Rams' bench as an assistant coach. O'Loughlin graduated from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH where she was a four year letter winner, three year starter, and two year captain of the Division II Women's Basketball Program. During her career with the St. Anselm Hawks, O'Loughlin amassed over 725 points and averaged over 30 minutes per game during her senior season.

O'Loughlin also ranked third in the NE-10 Conference in free throw percentage, shooting 81.2% from the line during her senior season.Originally from Stowe, MA, O’Loughlin captained the Nashoba Regional High School soccer team to three Division I State Final appearances, and earned league MVP honors as a senior. She currently resides in Somerville, MA.

Assistant Coach Shannon Kirwan

After completing a standout career at Bentley College, Shannon Kirwan joins Ed Leyden's staff as an assistant coach at Suffolk.  The Melrose, Mass. native helped lead the Falcons to three NCAA Division II tournament berths during her career, including a match-up in last year's NCAA Northeast Regional championship contest against eventual national champion Southern Connecticut, and she graduated after setting the Bentley record for most games played while ranking in the top 10 in seven other career categories.  A former Globe and Herald all-scholastic performer at Melrose High, Kirwan also ranks among Bentley's career leaders in three-point field goals.


Assistant Coach Barry Kipnes

Barry Kipnes coached North Reading High from 1967-2001. He was MBCA Coach of the Year and Cape Ann League Coach of the Year four times. His teams won five league championships and qualified for the state tournament 14 times. In 2005, the North Reading High School basketball court was named the Kipnes Court in honor of his career there. Kipnes and his wife, are residents of North Andover, MA.