TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
Coach Yo’s Final Bahamian Blog Post
Coach Yo joined by her assistant coaches, Brittany Ezell and Varel Clarke
Coach Yo joined by her assistant coaches, Brittany Ezell and Varel Clarke
March On, Bahamaland! With a CBC Tournament record of 4-1 in her first stint with the Bahamian National Team, Coach Yo and her young roster returned to their home country proud of what they accomplished and eager for the future.

“Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland;
March on to glory, your bright banners waving high.”

What a journey!!!  Hard to believe it’s over for now!  Three weeks ago I did not know what to expect when I left Jacksonville and headed back home to the Bahamas.  There has been a lot of sweat, time, sacrifices and tears shared by the Bahamas National Team. I am so humbled, honored, and proud to have had the opportunity to coach 12 young Bahamians and share my responsibility with a staff of six other members.  It is an experience that I will never forget and I look forward to repeating it in the near future.

We finished with a record of 4-1 and made an impression on the natives of the British Virgin Islands, the tournament officials and the other teams!  Due to a FIBA rule and because our final ranking resulted in a three-way tie, we ended up not advancing to the medal rounds by .01 point.  It was obviously devastating for me and the team but we had to move on and finish strong.  

The relationships that were made in the three weeks I was away will be everlasting.  The impression that the team made and the pride we brought back to our country is something that I will never forget.  Women’s basketball is restored and although we are young, we will be ready to compete at a high level for years to come!  The average age of the players on my team was 22. We were the youngest team in the tournament and had six college players.  We were also one of the few teams that did not have a professional on the roster.  

Our biggest win was versus the Dominican Republic in an overtime thriller! It  was a big win for many reasons and one of my most stressful but enjoyable coaching experiences.  My players at JU had an opportunity to watch and cheered on through text, my daughter (according to my mom) was jumping up and down and screaming with excitement and my husband was present!  My accent came back stronger than ever and the joy of watching our team accomplish great things filled me up inside!

I am extremely excited about bringing back a lot that I have learned about myself and life in general to my coaching staff and players.  I started to get the hang of this blogging stuff! Maybe I’ll do it from time to time during the season!  Thanks for following both JUWBB and BAHAMAS Basketball!  It’s been a pleasure and I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed typing!!!

Sincerely,

Coach Yo
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