Sardin helped raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
Flames and Ladyjacks meet for the first time on Saturday at 3 p.m.
UIC and Fairfield meet for the first time with a trip to WBI Championship on the line
UIC and EMU last faced off in December 2010
UIC and EMU last played in December 2010
Sardin finished her first season with the Flames in 2013-14. During the 2013-14 season, Sardin helped lead the Flames to a program-record 26 wins, the first postseason championship (WBI) in program history and the nation's largest turnaround. UIC collected 17 more wins (26-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21), which was the largest win differential amongst 347 programs nationwide.
Sardin was hired by head coach Regina Miller during the summer of 2013. A native of Chicago, Sardin was a three-year captain for the University of Virginia and spent the 2012-13 season on the Mt. Olive College coaching staff.
As an assistant coach at Mt. Olive, Sardin helped the Trojans compile an 18-12 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship, marking their second-ever postseason berth. Mt. Olive earned the automatic bid by claiming the Conference Carolinas Tournament title with an overtime win against Pfieffer.
Prior to Mt. Olive, Sardin spent three years as the head coach at William Byrd High School in Vinton, Va. From 2007-10, Sardin played professionally in the European Basketball Federation in Madeira, Portugal where she was a three-time captain.
Sardin graduated from Virginia in 2006 with a degree in sociology. As a member of Cavaliers women's basketball program, she captained the squad for three-consecutive seasons. In 2006, Sardin was selected as the team's Cavalier of the Year and Best Offensive Player. She started every game during her final season, pacing the team in rebounding and ranking third in scoring.