October 16, 2018
By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information
Sinclair Women’s picked #1 in Preseason OCCAC Coaches Poll
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Sinclair Community College comes in atop the 2018-19 OCCAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll after receiving five of nine first-place votes and being slotted no worse than second by any of the other head coaches across the conference. Owens Community College is ranked second and corralled three first-place tallies while Cuyahoga sits third overall, including a show of confidence by selecting itself as the top squad.
2018-19 OCCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
First place votes in parenthesis
1 | Sinclair (5)
2 | Owens (3)
3 | Cuyahoga (1)
4 | Edison State
5 | Lakeland
6 | Columbus State
7 | Lorain County
8 | Clark State
9 | Hocking College
In addition, Bryant & Stratton (Ohio) joins the conference as a provisional member for the 2018-18 campaign.
Sinclair is coming off a record setting season under OCCAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, Head Coach Victoria Jones. Finishing the with a record of 27-4 and a share of the OCCAC title with Owens, the Pride advanced to District title game against Owens only to fall short of taking that next step to the NJCAA Sweet 16.
The Pride will return the OCCAC Player of the Year and 1st Team NJCAA All-American, Amanda Schroeder (6-00/SO – Carroll H.S.) as well as OCCAC Honorable Mention Kierre James (5-02/SO – Lima Sr. H.S.) and Keeara Nared (5-06/SO – Thurgood Marshall H.S.).
Late in the summer, Head Coach Jones accepted an offer to become the new Athletic Director for the Euclid City School District just outside of Cleveland. Sinclair named Assistant Coach Trendale Perkins as Interim Coach for the 2018-19 season.
Sinclair will open the season on the road on November 1st at Anne Arundel CC just outside of Washington, DC. They will return to Building 8 Arena on Wednesday November 7th for the 2018-19 home opener against Miami University-Middletown.