By Kayla Palmore
Head Roosevelt Women’s Basketball Coach, Keisha Newell, has high hopes for this upcoming season. With this being her second year coaching at Roosevelt, she feels even more a part of the Roosevelt Goodman Center family.
“I love coaching here, it’s a great place to work. John Jaramillo, who is our new athletic director, has shown us (coaches) great leadership and the Roosevelt Athletic department is moving in a positive direction,” Newell said. “It’s like a family here. The athletic department is small and the coaching staff is tightly knit but we get along well. We rely on each other day in and day out and we all want the best for our student-athletes.” Newell Added.
Though they have yet to play their first game of the season, Newell really is expecting her players to be students first, athletes second. She also is expecting her returners to be leaders and set the standard for the new additions to the team this year.
“This season I’m really expecting my girls to grow as people and be better basketball players in the classroom as well as on the court. We don’t have many goals set in stone as of now, with ten newcomers, six true freshman and 4 transfers,” Newell said. “However, I am expecting my returners to take on leadership roles. At the end of the day I want my team to be good people and get better, as well as being good basketball players and students.”
Newell called out a few Lady-Lakers, Gina Matthews, Paige Gallimore and Becca Bergman, who she is looking forward to helping her and her team excel this year.
“We have one senior, Gina Matthews, who I expect a great year from. Gina has been putting in a lot of the work over the summer and I can see that by her being in shape, she’s ready for this season.” Newell said. “Gina is the spark plug we need on the court. She’s a leader and has the energy we need on the defensive end- so I’m looking forward to seeing good things from Gina this year.”
Floor captains, Gallimore and Bergman, are expected to take on their leadership roles in the eyes of Newell this season as well.
“Paige and Becca are key pieces to our offense and defense. Both of these girls are captains and I’m anticipating leadership roles from these young women on and off the court.” Newell said.
Senior, Gina Matthews is also looking forward to having a great last year playing basketball at Roosevelt. Gina has high hopes for the returners and expects nothing but leadership from her team members.
“I look forward to seeing the newcomers give it their all on the court,” Matthews said. “I expect the returners to help point the newcomers in the right direction. We already have some experience under our belts so it would be great to see us take on some responsibility of leading the newbies in the right direction.”
Matthews also expects to bring her high energy and effort into every game and whatever the outcome she expects to leave it all on the court.
“Personally I want to bring a lot of energy to our team this year,” Matthews said. “I want to keep us hype and ready to go in games. I would love to be the one to pick our team up when we really need it.”
Obviously Newell is big on guidance and direction on her team, but overall she is all about respect and creating great student-athletes. Even though this season is premature, we can all believe the Roosevelt Women’s Basketball team to stand out.
“Right now all I ask and look forward to from these young women is that they work hard, respect the coaches and teammates, and be great in the classroom. It’s only the beginning.” Newell said.