New Coach leading Lady Knights

Kasey Hicks has a passion for hoops

 

By Christine Hoon and Yuliani Sutedjo

Media club Reporters

The collegiate basketball season is in full swing, and the Central Penn College Lady Knights are on the move.

This season brought the team a new coach, Kasey Hicks.

Hicks has a passion for basketball – since she was 3 years old. She used to come to practice when her mom was coaching basketball. When Hicks mentions passion, it means passion for learning and spending hours at the gym to become a better player.

Hicks has been playing basketball since 4th grade. She played for Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg for four years, then went to Immaculata University.

Right after Hicks finished college, she played on a U.S. professional women’s basketball team in Argentina for a year.

Back in the United States, Hicks coached basketball in suburban Philadelphia – at Abington Senior High School – for two years.

Then, she moved back to Harrisburg and coached basketball at Central Dauphin High School, as junior varsity coach for four years

Now, she is head coach at Central Penn. Hicks learned Central Penn was looking for a coach from Michelle Stine, who is now Central Penn’s assistant coach. Stine heard about the job from her friend who is a resident adviser at Central Penn.

From the left to the right: Coach Kasey Hicks, Paige Pendl, Mary Weingartner, Nicole Schmidhamer, Amanda Krzysiak, Nashae Glover, Katrina Gelnett, Melissa Ruiz, Janay Nelson, Coach Michelle Stine, and Chanel Croxton.      Photo by Yuliani Sutedjo

From the left to the right: Coach Kasey Hicks, Paige Pendl, Mary Weingartner, Nicole Schmidhamer, Amanda Krzysiak, Nashae Glover, Katrina Gelnett, Melissa Ruiz, Janay Nelson, Coach Michelle Stine, and Chanel Croxton. Photo by Yuliani Sutedjo

Hicks met Stine at Immaculata. Stine was the intramural coordinator when Hicks was a senior at Immaculata.

Hicks recently stated her goal for the women’s basketball team at Central Penn: “I want to bring a lot of enthusiasm and excitement, winning basketball games. I want the girls to have fun… bring them together as a team. The win will come when we work hard and play together.”

There are three team captains.

“This is a young team … and we’ve got a lot of talent in the team,” Nicole Schmidhamer, who has played center for three years, said. “We are getting better each time we play.”

The other captains are Melissa Ruiz and Myeshia McGhee.

The women’s basketball team practices Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. at East Pennsboro Area Middle School. Practices are open to the public.

The game schedule is available on the Central Penn website. Click here to see the schedule.

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