Coach Mariam Sy was born in Mali Africa and played college basketball at Oklahoma City University where she averaged 22.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.26 steals and 1.26 blocked shots as a senior. Sy was third in NAIA Division I in scoring, ninth in rebounding and 11th in field-goal percentage (57 percent). The Stars went 32-3 and advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals. She became the first player in school history to be drafted by the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Coach Sy (pronounced See) begins her third season as the varsity head coach after serving as the assistant varsity coach for three years. She led the team to the PIAA Tournament this past season despite the team roster including no seniors.
Coach Megan Wolfgang is a 2017 graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in sport management. She was a four year letter winner on the women's varsity lacrosse team and served as a captain her senior year. Megan has a passion for helping female athletes become both better people and better athletes and is looking forward to coaching this year's high school basketball players.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The sound of shoes squeaking on a newly finished gym floor marks an exciting time at Sewickley Academy. We know that basketball season has officially begun. The start of a new season brings a feeling of excitement that is like no other. We know that there is a long season ahead. The basketball season stretches from the middle of November through February and hopefully into March. We have rested our minds and bodies from past seasons and are ready to set out on an adventure.
We strive to have each player understand the basic concepts of the game. Not only is movement important; movement with a purpose is essential to success. Players will know a play from every position on the floor so as to understand the basic concept of the play.
We focus on the defensive aspect of the game. We use our athleticism and instinct to pressure teams as they bring the ball up the floor. Once the ball is over half court, our goal is to force a team to take a bad shot. We will go hard after the rebound so as to not let the team get a second shot. Our goal will be to out-rebound our opponent on the defensive end.
Wins and losses are not as simple as one team scoring more points than the other. It is determined when an athlete and coaching staff ask themselves, "Did I give everything I possibly could physically, mentally, and emotionally?" If the answer is "yes", then we are winners. If the answer is no, it is up to the individual to make the changes necessary to enable them to give it everything next time. We are ready for the challenge and are excited to begin our adventure!