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Katherine Menendez earns head coaching job (USA)

katherine mendezKatherine Menendez wants to invigorate the Colorado College women?s basketball team, the same way her coaches energized her back when she played at Geneseo.

An assistant coach at Division I and Division III levels, Menendez was named head coach of the Colorado College Tigers at the end of May.

With her first head coaching job, Menendez wants to work to cultivate the same culture that inspired her to follow her dreams.

?I?m incredibly lucky to be from this town with the amazing people who helped me develop,? Menendez said. ?Coach Bob Pettit, Bob Thomas, Scott Hardison and Roger Miller all were integral parts in helping me see that coaches can help develop people beyond the Xs and Os of basketball.

“They gave me a chance as a high school player. Without them, there?s no chance I would have ever been a college basketball player or had this opportunity.?

Menendez has put together a strong resume during her coaching career.

Earlier this year, she was recognized as part of the Women?s Basketball Coaches Association?s inaugural ?Thirty Under 30? program, which honors 30 up-and-coming coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.

Each recipient displayed a commitment to community service, mentorship and impact on others.

During her time at Illinois Wesleyan, Menendez headed up the WBCA?s ?Pink Zone? efforts, which raises money for organizations dedicated to finding a cure or caring for those afflicted with breast cancer research.

A Division III liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado College is known for its high academic standard.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado College the 25th-best National Liberal Arts College.


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