NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Saint Joseph’s basketball players Alyssa Monaghan and Lamarr Kimble will attend the Atlantic 10 Conference’s first Student-Athlete Leadership Summit April 8- 9 in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together 28 men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes, representing each of the 14 conference member institutions.
The two-day event, scheduled to be held in the nation’s capital, will feature professional speakers and seminars on developing leadership skills, personal brand identities, networking skills, social responsibility and life after college.
“We are delighted to bring together many of the top professionals in athletics and some of our conference’s most promising, basketball student-athlete leaders for two days of personal and career training. The Leadership Summit is an event that was created by our member institutions and supports our conference mission of providing quality academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.
Kevin Eastman, former collegiate and NBA coach and the founder and director of Coaching U Live, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Leadership Summit. The event also features speakers from the Student-Athlete Leadership Summit facilitator, Forward Progress Athletic Consulting, including president John Shukie, Maricela Shukie, Kelly Brooks, Holly Adinoff, Frank Arredondo, Walter Brock and Claire Perry.
“Forward Progress is thrilled to be partnering with the Atlantic 10 Conference on its inaugural Student-Athlete Leadership Summit. The A-10 is committed to providing its student-athletes with extraordinary opportunities. Forward Progress is excited to be an integral part of shaping these opportunities and honing the leadership skills of these tremendous student-athletes,” said Forward Progress President John Shukie.
A two-year starter from Drexel Hill, Pa. (Bonner-Prendergast HS), Monaghan averaged a career-high 10.6 points per game in 2016-17 as she helped Saint Joseph's earn a Postseason WNIT bid. Voted HERO Sports Best Atlantic 10 Undergraduate Guard, she led the Hawks and finished fifth in the conference in three-pointers made (64) and ranked 15th in three-point efficiency at 33.7 percent. Averaging a team-best 33.7 minutes per game, the rising junior posted career-highs in assists (70) steals (27) and rebounds (75).
Kimble, the Hawks’ tri-captain from Philadelphia (Neumann-Goretti HS), was the team’s leading scorer with 15.5 points per game until he went down with a season-ending injury on Feb. 11. Prior to the injury, Kimble was ranked fourth in the nation in minutes played (37.4) and had scored in double figures in all but four games. The rising junior guard had tallied 20-plus points five times this season and was SJU’s leader in assists with 4.5 per game.
The participants will interact with each of the speakers, as well as each other, throughout the two days, culminating with Leadership Summit certification at the completion of the event. Monaghan and Kimble will be joined by: Kianna Speight and KiShawn Pritchett of Davidson, Jordan Wilmoth and Jack Westerfield of Dayton, Conor Richardson and Tarin Smith of Duquesne, Lauren Holden and David Pekarek of Fordham, Jewel Triggs and Otis Livingston II of George Mason, Mei-Lyn Bautista and Jordan Roland of George Washington, Anemone Scheel and Amar Stukes of La Salle, Hailey Leidel and Malik Hines of UMass, Dina Motrechuk and Jared Terrell of Rhode Island, Micaela Parson and Khwan Fore of Richmond, McKenna Maycock and Idris Taqqee of St. Bonaventure, Jordyn Frantz and Adonys Henriquez of Saint Louis and Bria Gibson and Samir Doughty of VCU.