Youngstown State Women's Basketball Draws Strength from Seasoned Players


Youngstown State Women’s Basketball Draws Strength from Seasoned Players

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Youngstown, OH – The Youngstown State Penguins’ women’s basketball team is gearing up for the 2023-2024 season with a focus on experience and continuity. The team, boasting eight senior and fifth-year players, commenced their preseason practices on September 27th.

Despite a sudden change in leadership, as head coach John Barnes took a leave of absence for personal reasons, the Penguins remain determined. Assistant coach John Nicolais has stepped in as acting head coach, and the players are rallying together in support of their absent coach.

Mady Aulbach, a fifth-year senior guard, expressed the team’s commitment to Coach Barnes and their trust in Coach Nic. The abundance of leadership and experience on the team is seen as a source of strength during this challenging time.

Despite the coaching transition, the team benefits from its seasoned roster. The players are already familiar with the expectations and winning culture of the program, making the transition smoother.

Nicolais, who has been with Coach Barnes for over a decade, emphasized that the team’s philosophy and style of play would remain consistent, with only minor adjustments.

In addition to their experienced players, the Penguins welcomed four newcomers to the team, including two freshmen and one transfer. With strong leadership from the upperclassmen, the newcomers are expected to integrate smoothly into the program.

The Penguins are set to kick off their season on November 8th at the Beeghly Center against Xavier, determined to make it a memorable year for themselves and their absent coach.


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