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County natives with new basketball coaching jobs

Three Cape May County natives have each landed new basketball coaching jobs, two of them at the college level.

Stephanie Agger-Carideo is now an assistant men’s coach at Jefferson University, Rich Ziegler is an assistant women’s coach at Richard Stockton University and Donny DeLeo is the new head boys basketball coach at Pemberton High School.


Carideo, a 2007 graduate of and career 1,000-point scorer at Lower Cape May, is now coaching at her alma mater – formerly known as Philadelphia University – under Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee.

Carideo was previously the head women’s basketball coach at Penn State Abington for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15). She led the team to a 22-5 record in her second season, setting a program record for victories while also winning the team’s first conference championship. She was named North East Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. She was previously the head girls basketball coach at John W. Hallahan High School for one season.

Cariedo was a standout player at then Philadelphia University, where she scored more than 1,000 career points and was a two-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference all-star. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school, in psychology and business administration, respectively.

Carideo’s husband, Chris, an Ocean City native, is the head men’s basketball coach at Widener University.

The Division II Rams have begun the season with wins in two of their first three games. Jefferson lost, 79-75 in overtime, to fourth-ranked St. Anselm on Saturday.


Ziegler is serving as an assistant women’s coach at Stockton under first-year head coach Devin Jefferson. A graduate of Cape May Tech, Ziegler spent tree previous seasons in women’s college basketball. He was a volunteer assistant at Western Michigan in 2014-15, a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State in 2015-16 and an assistant coach at Norwich University in Vermont last winter.

Ziegler, a native of Wildwood Crest, earned a bachelor’s degree in sports business management and is currently working toward a master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State.

Stockton has begun the season 1-2 through its first three games.

DeLeo is in his second high school boys basketball head coaching job at Pemberton. The Wildwood High School graduate was the head boys basketball coach at Maple Shade for two seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17, leading the team to a 12-14 finish and a first-round state playoff victory in his second season. His Maple Shade teams went 22-30 during his two seasons as coach after winning just six games in the season prior to his arrival.

DeLeo, a native of North Wildwood, is also heavily involved in the South Jersey AAU basketball scene as a coach in various programs and also serves as a camp coach for the Hoop Group.

Pemberton went 4-21 last season.