University coach to scout Island’s players
Forty of the Island's female basketball and netball players will be given the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a Division II college coach later this month.
Iesha Gray, the head coach at Wilberforce University in Ohio, will be on the Island from December 18 to 20 to run a skills clinic, and cast her eye over the best Bermuda has to offer.
Gray has been invited to the Island by the Woolfpack Hoops organisation, and will be on the look out for potential scholarship athletes while she is here.
Charles Peters, director of Woolfpack Hoops, believes there is a good chance one of the Island's women will be recruited by Gray. Peters points to the success of a previous visit from Tommy Brown, the Lee University coach who came to the Island and offered basketball scholarships to Kieron Burgess and Caelin Peters, as a reason to be optimistic.
“Wolfpack has made a commitment to helping players achieve their goals both on and off the court, and we consider this another step,” Peter said. “We have now been working with the top women's basketball players in Bermuda for over a year, and we have seen a rapid development in their skill levels.”
Should the visit prove to be a success, Peters and Gray believe that a pipeline between the Island and the University could develop offering, “scholarships in multiple sports.”
“This affiliation between Wolfpack and Wilberforce University makes sense for Bermuda on many levels,” Peters said.
Wilberforce University was founded in 1856 as the oldest private, historically black university in the United States.
The University can trace its origin to a period of history before the Civil War, and the Ohio Underground Railroad where one of the destination points became Wilberforce University.
Wilberforce is an AME Church University that embraces Christian principles as their foundation including ethics, integrity, and honesty.
These ethics run through all that Gray tries to do for her student-athletes, with the coach saying her primary goal is to produce “well-rounded contributing members of society.”
Players interested on attending the clinic must register online here.