The Manhattanville College women’s basketball team will look to get off to a hot start this season. Head coach Kate Vlahakis, who is retuning for her fifth season,is looking to continue building
the program. The team’s record has improved each year under Vlahakis reign, and will look to do just the same this 2016-17 season.
Although the team has been young throughout her four years as head coach, it has not stunted any development. With only three seniors on the roster, the underclassmen must learn from those with experience fast, and grow up quickly.
“Controlling the controllable is going to be very important for us this year. As a young team, we have to take the season in small strides and focus on one game at a time,” said Vlahakis.
Keeping it simple is also something the Valiants are looking to do. As an assistant coach at Framingham State University, Vlahakis helped lead the program to a MASCAC Tournament appearance during her second season. At Simmons College, in Boston, Massachusetts, she was
an assistant coach for three years. The team had a record of 44-29 during Vlahakis time at Simmons.
Winning is something that she prides herself on, as do the players she coaches.
“The number one goal is to obviously win a championship and never stop improving. Having our three seniors graduate the best they’ve been is a goal that I have for them, and establishing playing time for our younger players will be important in developing our team as a program,” said Vlahakis.
Vlahakis closed with, “Getting to the top the right way and getting our players where they need to be is the most important area to build the season around.”
With team achievements, personal success should come as a natural result. Having a group
of committed girls who are all working toward one goal should definitely lead the team to having an enjoyable season, and hopefully fulfill their number one triumph. With the leadership of seniors Brittany Deieso, Sarah Kelly, Jazmin Pryce, and with guidance from Vlahakis, the team should be on their way to improving their overall record for a fourth straight year, which will keep the trend going for future seasons.