The Flyers Pro Elite Women's Basketball Team is on its way to Elsberry, and not just for an exhibition game or a local fundraiser. In fact, the team is looking for a new home, and they are hoping that the Elsberry community is just the fit they have been looking for. Elsberry alumni Kari Koch-Dowell and Brittney Koch-Dowell approached the Elsberry R-II School Board during their Dec. 9 meeting and requested the use of the high school gym during the team's 2016 season.
The team, as well as the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, the league that they play in, is geared toward athletes age 20 and above who no longer have NCAA eligibility. 'They have to be done with college basketball,' said Brittney during a telephone interview with The Elsberry Democrat. The league is comprised of 40 teams from across the United States who square off against one another during a season that generally lasts from May until August. Games are held on Saturday and sometimes Sunday evenings at 7 or 8 p.m.
There are a total of seven teams in the WBCBL Midwest Region that the Flyers will be competing in, including teams from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. However, they will also be playing other teams from throughout the country that aren't in their region. 'We're sort of a feeder for international basketball and for players who are still looking to make it into the WNBA,' said Brittney.
Brittney is the owner and coach of the team, which at one point was headquartered in Alabama and known as the Auburn Flyers. She said they became known as simply the Flyers Pro Elite during the team's fourth year in Alabama due to the fact that people were confusing them with Auburn University. 'That kind of hurt us a little bit,' said Brittney. She added, however, that the team would now love to incorporate Elsberry into its name. 'We won't do it unless the community wants it to happen,' said Brittney.
She stressed to the board that the team wants to be here for the long-run and not just for the 2016 season. 'We want to bring the best athletes out to the Elsberry community and give back to the youth in the area,' said Brittney. As part of that giving back, Brittney said the team plans to do a lot of free clinics and camps, and to mentor young people in the community in whatever ways are available. Brittney plans to have the team's schedule completed by January and told the board she is anticipating that between eight and nine games will be played in Elsberry's high school gym, while the remainder will take place on the road.
She added that the team would pay to rent the gym and would also provide staff and security in accordance with the guidelines of the WBCBL. Admission to the games is expected to cost approximately $5. Brittney told the board that 30 percent of anything that comes in the door will go directly to the school, as will a portion of what is made on concessions.
As an added draw, she mentioned that Kari is actually a member of the Flyers and will be participating in the games. Brittney said this creates an opportunity for those in the community who watched Kari play in high school to come out and see the growth in her skill set. Kari said she plans to assume coaching responsibilities with the team as soon as they have won the national tournament again. 'I want to win one more title,' said Kari.
[Update] The Flyer's request was approved by the board and Brittney said they couldn't be more excited. She added that, in addition to the appeal of returning to Kari's home turf, the team had another reason for wanting to play in Elsberry. 'I've researched the area,' said Brittney. 'Elsberry loves the game of basketball. They are fanatics.' - The Elsberry Democrat
The Long Island Wave Organization has hand selected Kia Wright (5'8''-G-86, college: St.John's) as Associate Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel for the first year WBCBL team. Head Coach George Hampton said "there was no coaching search conducted for the position I knew exactly the person I wanted next to me in the war room directing player personnel decisions and on the side lines. I greatly appreciate President of Basketball Operations Ashley Gladden and General Manager Angela Jones... [read more]
The Long Island Wave Organization has hand selected Kia Wright (5'8''-G-86, college: St.John's) as Associate Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel for the first year WBCBL team. Head Coach George Hampton said "there was no coaching search conducted for the position I knew exactly the person I wanted next to me in the war room directing player personnel decisions and on the side lines. I greatly appreciate President of Basketball Operations Ashley Gladden and General Manager Angela Jones trusting me to make this decision. Kia Wright is a quality coach and outstanding person who will help us build this team the right way. Her ability to develop young point guards will be a major factor for the organization. At the end of this inaugural season Kia will take over the head coaching position with complete control to institute her own blueprint on coaching the Long Island Wave. I have 22 years of coaching experience in women's basketball and Kia Wright is a true champion, under Coach Wright's leadership the Wave is looking forward to a bright and successful future with the ability to compete at a high level and win WBCBL Championships,"said Coach Hampton.
Wright was born and raised in Copiague, N.Y.. At the age of seven, Kia Wright was the first girl to play and win championships in an all boys youth league in Copiague N.Y.. Kia's championships ways continued from there, she played AAU with the Long Island Wave and they were the first New York State AAU team to win a national championship. Wright also helped lead Copiague High School to its first Long Island championship in 2002 and its first NY State Championship in 2003. Wright finished her high school career scoring 2,148 points and a four time All-Long Island Selection.
Coach Wright signed a full scholarship out of high school with the University of Connecticut in 2003 "for me that says it's all about Kia Wright's leadership abilities, basketball skills, and knowledge of the game- the point guard position for women's basketball at the University of Connecticut is one of the top jobs in all of college sports," said Coach Hampton. Coach Wright transferred to St Johns University before the season started at UConn and from there she embarked on a stellar career. She led St.John's to its first NCAA tournament in 17 years. She was a four time All Big-East Selection, she's listed in the top 10 out of 11 statistical categories, and she is the only player in school history to finish with 1,500 points and over 400 assists. Because of these accomplishments Wright was inducted into St. John's University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Kia's professional accomplishments include WNBA's NY Liberty training camp (2008), Puerto Rico (2009) and Croatia in (2011). After suffering a torn Achilles in 2012, just three days before a WNBA Free Agent Camp, Coach Wright turned her sights on training and coaching. In 2013, she was the Basketball League Director and Basketball Program Coordinator at Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC. She then began her collegiate coaching career at Adelphi University in 2014, where she helped lead the program to its first conference title in school history.
In Kia Wright's Words: "It is truly an honor to be an associate head coach with the Long Island Wave. The Wave created lasting memories in my childhood and I'm looking forward to beginning this new journey with the WBCBL"
Dallas Lady Diesel landed 27-year old guard Lyndsay Harris (175-90, college: Arkansas). She played recently at Hondar.-Irun in Spanish LFB league. Harris missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Harris received SEC All-Freshman Team award back in 2009 at her college time [read more]
Dallas Lady Diesel landed 27-year old guard Lyndsay Harris (175-90, college: Arkansas). She played recently at Hondar.-Irun in Spanish LFB league. Harris missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Harris received SEC All-Freshman Team award back in 2009 at her college time. Harris graduated from University of Arkansas in 2012 and it is her fifth season in pro basketball.
San Diego's newest professional sports team is the San Diego Sprint of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, WBCBL, America's foremost professional development league for women's professional basketball, with over 45 teams nationwide. The Western Division also includes teams in Anaheim, Oakland, Las Vegas and Tucson with regular season games running from early May to mid-July, when playoffs start. Sprint founders include Tyrone Shelley, Head Coach who also plays professional basketball... [read more]
San Diego's newest professional sports team is the San Diego Sprint of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, WBCBL, America's foremost professional development league for women's professional basketball, with over 45 teams nationwide. The Western Division also includes teams in Anaheim, Oakland, Las Vegas and Tucson with regular season games running from early May to mid-July, when playoffs start. Sprint founders include Tyrone Shelley, Head Coach who also plays professional basketball for the San Diego Surf and Ross Kurland, General Manager, also owns the San Diego Surf of the ABA. Shelley has had a well know basketball career at San Diego Christian and Crawford high schools, San Diego State University and as an All American at both D-1 colleges; Pepperdine University and Georgetown College in Kentucky. Kurland has owned small businesses in San Diego for over 40 years. The goal of the Sprint team is to provide entertaining professional women's basketball for the San Diego community while providing a platform for aspiring young female athletes to continue their basketball careers overseas or in the WNBA. Contact the Sprint at: Admin@SanDiegoSprint.com
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