JU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, June 22, Coach Yo will join nine other recipients of the Pathfinder Award for their distinguished achievement outside of New England. In addition the ceremony will honor individuals and teams representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“I am extremely humbled about even being considered for this induction. The New England area specifically University of Rhode Island has been so good to me,” McPhee-McCuin said.
“I was encouraged to get into the coaching profession from Boe Pearman, my basketball coach at URI. I am excited about heading back to New England and I look forward to being amongst the other honorees.”
A 2004 graduate from the University of Rhode Island, McPhee-McCuin was part of the Rams’ 2003 A-10 tournament runner-up team. She was the first Bahamian female to sign a Letter of Intent to a Division I school, and the first female from the Bahamas to coach at a Division I program. She was named the Bahamian women’s national team coach in March and was recently one of 32 collegiate head coaches invited to the prestigious Center for Coaching Excellence seminar at Columbia University.
The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Caliperi of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist. The event -- as much reunion as ceremony -- has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sell out.
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