Andrea Lozeau returns for her fifth season as the Saint Michael's women's basketball full-time assistant coach in 2017-18 after spending the previous seven years as a player then a coach at Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Southern New Hampshire University.
In 2016-17, the Purple and Gold got off to its first 3-0 Northeast-10 Conference start in nine years, capped by a 62-57 defeat of 23rd-ranked Saint Anselm College. Winners of seven of nine games around New Year's, Saint Michael's was 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the NE10 by Jan. 21, when it held its third straight opponent to 51 points or fewer. However, a season-ending injury to leading scorer Leah Spencer '18 in early February led to a difficult stretch over the final two weeks that saw the Purple Knights lose a tie-breaker for the fifth and final postseason berth out of the NE10 Northeast Division. Saint Michael's had one of its finest defensive seasons, including blocking its most shots (108) since 1998-99 while allowing 60 points or fewer 13 times. Six losses were sustained by eight points or fewer despite the squad utilizing a young group that counted only one multi-year starter among its returners.
The Purple Knights lost 11 contests by 10 points or fewer in 2015-16, but a highlight was their sweep of a two-game season series from perennial regional power Stonehill College for the first time in 25 years. In addition to downing a Stonehill squad bound for the NE-10 Championship, Saint Michael's knocked off Saint Anselm, which eventually qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
In 2014-15, the Purple Knights made their initial NE-10 Championship appearance in three seasons, falling in the first round to American International College, the eventual tournament runner-up, after being tied with a little more than three minutes remaining to cap a 12-15 season. The Purple Knights snagged the fifth and final postseason spot from the NE-10 Northeast Division thanks to finishing the regular season with a 4-3 stretch, downing regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University and then winning twice on national television during that run. Included in that span were the completion of a season sweep of defending national champion Bentley University on CBS Sports Network's NCAA Division II National TV Game of the Week and knocking off Southern New Hampshire University on NESN National. Saint Michael's, which finished second in the NE-10 in steals per game and third in free throw shooting, opened the season by downing Queens (N.Y.) College and Holy Family (Pa.) University, which was receiving national votes, at its own DoubleTree Tip-Off Classic. Both teams ended up qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013-14, the Purple Knights played 17 games decided by single digits despite playing much of the season with fewer than 10 players. Saint Michael's picked up a pair of upsets during the season, knocking off Assumption College, which was receiving national votes, on Nov. 26 before defeating 22nd-ranked Stonehill College at the buzzer on Jan. 4. During NE-10 play, the squad ranked third in the league in free throw shooting and seventh in steals per contest.
A part-time assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire in 2010-11 and 2011-12, Lozeau was a full-time assistant during the 2012-13 academic year. In her tenure, she was heavily involved in recruiting, practice and game planning, community service engagement, fundraising, alumni relations, and monitoring the academic progress of her student-athletes.
The Penmen were 43-40 overall in Lozeau's three seasons, winning at least a dozen contests each year, including going 19-10 behind a 14-8 NE-10 mark in 2011-12. Southern New Hampshire twice advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NE-10 Championship with her on the coaching staff. In addition to college coaching, Lozeau was a camp counselor at the NH Hoop Skills Basketball Camp for six years as well as with SportsZone in Derry, N.H., for three years.
A four-year player for the Penmen, Lozeau appeared in 106 career contests, drawing 55 starts. She helped the squad make three postseason appearances, including during an 18-11 campaign her junior year. Lozeau earned a bachelor's degree in child development in 2010 and completed her master's degree at the institution in educational studies in 2013. In 2016, she became certified as a Specialist in Strength and Conditioning Level II by the International Sports Sciences Association.