Erin Devine ’19 and the girls basketball team are gearing up for the upcoming season in what will be a foundational year, due to the number of underclassmen that the team has. Under newly appointed Head Coach Steve Hennessy, Devine aims to fill a larger role on the team.Devine started playing for the Catholic Youth Organization in fourth grade, and this will be her second year on varsity. Between last summer and now, she has been playing year-round to improve her basketball abilities.
Devine started playing basketball because of her family’s influence. She describes her family as “a big basketball family,” given that her grandfather played basketball at Villanova University and her father played at Ursinus College. According to Devine, her father has been the most influential in her development and overall basketball experience, and is the reason why basketball is her favorite sport.
“My dad has been the biggest influence on my basketball abilities. He’s coached me, and he’s taught me how to play basketball. He has worked with me individually, many times, developing skills such as my shot,” Devine said.
Devine tries to play as much basketball outside of the school season to make sure that she is at the top of her game come game-time. She plays for a Pennsylvania Amateur Athletic Union team called Rebels Basketball Academy during the spring.
“It helps prepare me for my high school season because I play kids from all over the country, so I come up against some good competition to keep my game where it needs to be,” Devine said.
“Erin is talented but has also become a leader, as it is her second year on varsity and really understands her role well,” said Hennessy.