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Eagles Fare Well In College Sports Madness' Preseason Women's Basketball Honors

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ROCK HILL, SC--College Sports Madness' has unveiled its 2014-15 Big South Conference preseason women's basketball honors and the Winthrop Eagles fared very well as they have the Preseason Coach of the Year, one selection on each of the first and second all-conference teams, and the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Head coach Kevin Cook, who has compiled a 45-21 record in his two years at the helm of the Eagles, was honored by the online publication as the Preseason Coach of the Year.  He has guided Winthrop to two postseason appearances in his first two years, taking the Eagles to the 2013 Women's NIT and following that with the first Big South Conference Championship and appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Named to the first team is 6-3 junior center Schaquilla Nunn.  Last year she nearly averaged a double-double as she finished the season with averages of 11 points and 9.8 rebonds per game while connecting on a team-best 51.9 percent of her field goals.  In just two years, the Fayetteville, GA native has set a new Winthrop career blocked shots record with 172.  She set the single season record with 97 as a freshman when she was voted Big South Freshman of the Year by the league's head coaches and media panel.

Erica Williams, a 5-10 power forward from Rex, GA, was picked on the second team following an outstanding freshman season.  She was voted to the 2014 Big South All-Freshman Team as she was nosed out for Freshman of the Year honors.  She scored 500 points, a Winthrop freshman record, while averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting just below 50 percent from the floor.  She scored in double figures in 27 out of 33 games. 

Chosen as the Freshman of the Year is 5-8 guard Jimecheia Banks from Phenix City, AL.  Banks played at Central High School where she helped lead her team to the 2012 Alabama Class 6A State Tournament semi-finals and a 33-2 record.  As a sophomore, Banks was selected for the Playmaker of the Year award and was named All-City.  She received her team's MVP awards as a junior and senior.  For her career, Banks averaged 10 points, nearly five assists and four rebounds per game.



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Every week I will be blogging about various basketball topics.Today we will cover the top 20 characteristics of a great point guard.

1. Outwork everybody

2.Believe in themself

3. No weak skill levels

4. Think pass,see the play and score

5.First step to basket

6. Be a pest on defense

7.Dribble north & south-not east and west

8.Get feet in the lane under control

9. Accept the challenge when pressured

10.Gives teammates confidence

11.Makes those around them better

12.Always aware of time,score & situation

13.Extension of Coach Cook

14.Be the best communicator

15.Great FT shooter


17.Wants ball at end of game

18.Physically strong

18.Mentally strong

20.Skillfully strong

Until next time ~ ROCK THE HILL !

WINTHROP BASKETBALL -Best Staff in America

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There are several reasons that Winthrop women's basketball enjoyed a successful 2013-2014 campaign, and a2014-2015 championship season.The players worked hard and sacrificed on the way to setting 36 records/milestones their first year, along with a victory in the WNIT. Another huge reason is that Winthrop has the finest staff in America! Veteran Christena Hamilton ( you may recognize the name as her brother Rip Hamilton is a longtime NBA star ) is a relentless recruiter who tutors the Eagle post play. Matthew Huddleston begins his second season at Winthrop after spending 18 quality seasons with the Georgia Metros AAU club.Coach Matt, is a skilled recruiter and leads our individual workouts. Liberty Del Rosario has an extensive Division I pedigree and helps the progarm in a variety of ways. Carlotta Kloppenburg begins her first season as the Graduate Assistant & serves as the video coordinator for the Lady Eagle prgram. The newest member of our staff is Directcor of Operations Chelsea Johnson. Johnson, a native of Houston and a 2012 University of Arkansas at Monticello graduate, has a long time history with Coach Cook. 

Two years of togetherness under their belt, one could say that the best is yet to come !

Rock the Hill,

Coach Cook

Ross grad named women's basketball coach at Winthrop

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ROCK HILL, SC --Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman has announced that Kevin Cook, a Fremont native and veteran collegiate and WNBA coach for more than two decades, has been named the new Winthrop women's basketball head coach replacing Marlene Stollings who left after one year to accept the head coaching position at VCU.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as the next women's basketball coach here at Winthrop," said Cook, a 1979 Fremont Ross graduate. "I want to thank President (Anthony) DiGiorgio and Athletic Director Tom Hickman for their faith and belief in me. We have a good nucleus of players returning, and I want to thank them for all of their efforts in making this possible. I also want to thank previous head coach Marlene Stollings for bringing me here to such a fine institution as Winthrop."

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Faafiti earns NEAC Player of the Year award, Cook selected as Coach of the Year

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.."Senior forward/center Easter Faafiti
(Pittsburg, Calif.) was selected as the NEAC Player of the Year and was
named to the all-conference first team. This is the second year in a
row that Faafiti has accomplished this feat as she earned the Capital
Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season while also being
named to the All-CAC first team. Fellow senior center Nukeitra Hayes (Anderson, Ind.) was named to the All-NEAC second team and Coach Kevin Cook
was selected by his peers as NEAC Coach of the Year. All awards are
determined by NEAC coaches as 15 total players were selected (five for
each team)."...
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ABC World News Tonight - Aired 2/13/2011

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Four minutes into the game... and it's 10 nothing Gallaudet. Six minutes in and it's 15 nothing. And when half time sounds ... the Gallaudet women are still way out in front ..."Although when the buzzer went off, most of them didn't hear it...And during the halftime talk ... they also don't hear their coach either ... not his voice anyway.

It's a whole new season for the women's varsity team at Gallaudet university ... where the student body is nearly 100 percent deaf or hard of hearing ... where the fans in the stands root more with their hands than their voices ... and where the rustle of pom poms comes across loud and clear to those who can hear.

And what's new ... is how the women are winning ..."
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Coach Cook a guest on D3hoops' Hoopsville online talk show

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Gallaudet University women's basketball coach Kevin Cook was a guest on Hoopsville, a Division III men's and women's basketball online talk show sponsored and presented by D3hoops.com, on Thursday night (January 27) where he was interviewed by host Dave McHugh. Cook was asked a wide range of questions about this season and coaching at Gallaudet during the 15-minute interview.

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Gallaudet women's basketball to be featured on two national media outlets this weekend

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fans of Gallaudet University athletics across the country will have two chances this weekend to see stories on the nationally ranked women's basketball team. The team will be featured on ABC World News on Saturday evening and on National Public Radio (NPR) on Sunday morning. Both national media outlets will also post their respective stories online as well.

ABC News and NPR came out to last Wednesday's 70-57 win over Penn St.-Berks as the No. 18 Bison increased its winning streak to 20-0. NPR reporter Audie Cornish conducted interviews with the team after the win while ABC News reporter Jon Donvan stopped out to the Field House on Thursday afternoon to do interviews with Coach Kevin Cook and the team.

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WBCA’s Carol Eckman Award

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The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced Kevin Cook of Gallaudet University as the 2010 winner of the Carol Eckman Award.

The Carol Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.
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