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West Orange Girls Varsity Basketball Coaching Staff Invites Next Generation of Female Athletes to Attend Upcoming Clinic


WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although schools are closed for Presidents Day, the West Orange High School coaching staff will share their knowledge with girls in grades K-8 to begin developing the next generation of champions with a Feb. 20 clinic.

The clinic is sponsored by the West Orange Recreation Department and will take place on Monday Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Orange High School. The clinic is open to girls in grades K-8. The cost is $50 per player and everyone is encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Register by clicking here

At the helm is four-year head coach Caniece Williams who played collegiate ball at Lock Haven University and Bloomfield College and has extensive coaching experience at Montclair High, Mount Olive High, and Newark Central where she guided the team to the conference championship while qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in years.

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Assisting Mrs. Williams are assistant coaches Jackie Cruz, Meghan Colabella, and Doug Nevins.

Cruz & Colabella join the coaching staff after leading the girls varsity volleyball team on an unprecedented winning season ultimately finishing atop the Super Essex Conference (SEC) Liberty Division for the first time ever in the schools history. Colabella was a four-year starter at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and served as the Director of Basketball Operations at UMBC during the 2012-2013 season. Cruz was named NJCAA Superior Student-Athlete in Academic Excellence and Garden State Athletic Conference Woman of the Year in 2012.

The newest addition to the coaching staff, Doug Nevins is no stranger to winning as he has spent the past 17 years coaching the West Orange varsity boys soccer team to multiple county and state championships. The Villanova Sports Hall of Fame inductee brings his experience, drive, inspiration and love of the game to the sidelines this season as he seeks to replicate his very successful soccer feeder program within the basketball community in West Orange.

"Being able to share our skills & success with upcoming elementary & middle school female athletes is exciting," said coach Caniece Williams. "We're expecting a big turnout on Feb. 20, which will jumpstart our community and network of the next generation of female basketball superstars here in West Orange."

Registration for the February 20th clinic is now open via the West Orange Recreation Department online portal. Click here

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