Ashley Luke brings a wealth of knowledge of the Chicagoland area to the staff and enters the coaching ranks after a record-setting playing career that began at Waubonsie Valley High School and continued at Penn State and DePaul. A high school All-American, Luke's name is prominent throughout the Illinois record book, where she holds the state record with 437 three-point field goals made. In addition, her 2,885 points rank seventh in state history and she is also 15th in steals (452). She began her college career at Penn State, where she was a member of the Nittany Lions' 2000 Final Four team, before transferring to DePaul for her junior and senior seasons, where she averaged 11.7 ppg and 3.5 apg while draining 180 three-pointers in just 62 games. She returns to the United States after spending the last year playing professionally in Ireland. Her primary responsibility will be working with the Loyola backcourt.
"Ashley is a hometown hero here in Chicago and has a proven track record of bringing success to every program she is a part of," said Reidy. "An All-American at Waubonsie Valley, she has gone on to even bigger and better success as the point guard for Penn State and DePaul. Ashley has lead her teams to four NCAA Tournament appearances and is definitely the type of coach who will be able to bring out the best in our guards. She carries a strong perception of what our backcourt must entail in talent, in leadership and in execution. Ashley brings high expectations for immediate success and I feel that is extremely important for our players to have a mentor who can lead by example. She is very focused and extremely detail-oriented and our program will benefit from her organizational skills on all projects and correspondences. More importantly, she will play a large role when it comes to game breakdowns, scouting and program enhancement. It is an honor for me to have her join this staff."