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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 was the team’s MVP for three years from 2010 to 2012 and finished with more than 1,000 points and rebounds in her college career. 

“She has such natural athlelicism,” said Holly McGovern, the MCLA women’s coach. “Great awareness of where the ball is at every point during the game, leaving her able to use her body along with her teammates to maintain great defense.” 

In 2011, Wehner was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year and led the Trailblazers to the NCAA tournament.

“Jen is the best shotblocker,” McGovern said before correcting herself, “no, frankly, Jen is the best player in MCLA women’s basketball history.”

McGovern said she is convinced Wehner’s talents will be just as valuable courtside.

“She’ll bring a lot of energy to her players,” McGovern said. “She will be able to recognize opposing strategies and will be able to effectively communicate the winning adjustments her team should make.” 

McGovern emphasized how much Wehner will learn under RPI head coach John Greene. “His meticulous approach to the game and his experience will be extremely beneficial for Jen,” she said.  

Wehner said her closeness to the game, and her youth, result in her, “actually showing the players what I mean, rather than telling them. Coach Greene laughs, because I finding myself just getting on the court and demonstrating what I want the players to do.”  

She said she is learning to deal with all the personalities. On the upside, she said she is extremely appreciative of all she is learning from Greene. The practices and games are full of learning moments. “I thought I knew a lot as a player, but coaching is so different, just working with him is invaluable for me,” she said. 

“I knew when we hired her, Jen would have the respect of the team,” Greene said. “I knew in addition to what I saw on the court, she had intelligence, enthusiasm and spirit. When I told my team who we had hired, they were excited. Quite a few of them had played with Jen in summer leagues, so they respected her basketball skills. They respected her basketball smarts.  

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