A week after Shaka Smart had his turn in the media room, women’s basketball head coach Beth O’Boyle was next up as she gears up to start her first season with VCU.
Before a minute of basketball had been played, VCU women’s basketball coaching staff and department drew up the greatest play they could for their female student-athletes: a program called Hoops to Heels. It’s designed to help the team win at the game called life, long after their playing days at the Verizon Wireless Siegel Center expire.
For the fourth straight offseason under head coach Shaka Smart, the men’s basketball team participated in the Navy SEALs training program led by head instructor John McGuire. In addition to men’s basketball, McGuire’s program welcomed other VCU teams into the fold: men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball.
During a breakout rookie year, sophomore guard Keira Robinson set the single-season assists record by a freshman understanding that getting her teammates involved early and often would be a huge key to women’s basketball success.