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November 21, 2013

Wehner always a winner

After stellar playing career, CCS star moves into coaching at RPI

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Wehner helped lead the Cooperstown girls to a Section Three title and their first state semifinal appearance. 

At the time Niles was quoted in the Daily Star saying, “She can sort of translate it when I start yammering in coach speak.” 

Clearly foreshadowing her new career, Niles continued, “Jen was a cconstant loud voice of enthusiasm for her teammates. I guess you could say she was obsessed in a good way. She approached basketball like a 24-hour-a-day job during the season.”

Now coaching really is Wehner’s job. 

“When I was young, I played everything,” she said.  “Mostly soccer. I didn’t start playing basketball until I played modified in school.” 

It didn’t take much time, however, for Wehner to commit to a favorite sport. “Both soccer and basketball have their pluses, but basketball has more of a thrill, it’s more constant action,” she said. “Sometimes I would feel like I wasn’t moving around enough on a soccer field. Not the case in basketball.” 

Playing in school soon led her to basketball camp at the University of Connecticut and a lifelong interest in the Huskies women’s basketball program. 

“I idolized a lot of the players, but I guess Diana Taurasi was my biggest role model,” she said. “I liked that she was an all around player, really well balanced. I definitely wanted to achieve that kind of team play, and I think I did, in my years playing.”

If playing basketball has any bearing to coaching it, Wehner will, no doubt, continue her winning streak. Beyond her illustrious career at Cooperstown, Wehner went on to gain a long list of accolates at MCLA. She graduated with a degree in athletic training in 2012. As a senior, Wehner was named to the Division III All-American team, which was the first time in women’s basketball history an athlete from MCLA was named to the preseason All-American team.

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