Katie Feehery recently completed an extremely successful playing career for The University of Scranton women's basketball team. The 2018 graduate will continue her playing career overseas at Newcastle University in Newcastle, England, where she will compete with the Knights while studying for a master's degree in Global Human Resource Management.
Feehery will head to Newcastle for preseason training which starts on September 10 where she will join head coach Mark Elderkin's squad as a forward. The Knights field teams at two levels in the highly competitive British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier North League with Feehery set to join Newcastle's first team.
The academic year commences on September 24 while the basketball season will run through the middle of March.
Elderkin, who looks for players from the top academic and basketball programs among all three NCAA Divisions, contacted Scranton head coach Trevor Woodruff about Feehery. Coach Woodruff shared the opportunity with Feehery during finals week and, after discussing with her family and coaches, informed Coach Elderkin that she would play for him while pursuing her master's at Newcastle.
Feehery, who earned a bachelor's degree in Health Administration this past May, believes her time at Scranton has prepared her well for this next chapter both on and off the court. "On and off the court, I learned skills helpful to succeed in life including leadership, communication, perseverance, and that being a selfless person can lead to great things," says Feehery. "I was pushed to be the best I could be on the basketball court and in the classroom. I cannot begin to thank my professors and the Lady Royals' coaching staff enough for all they have done and continue to do for me."
Scranton went 108-11 in Feehery's four-year career while winning three straight Landmark Conference championships and advancing to the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons.
Feehery, who was named to the All-Landmark Conference Second Team as a senior, shot 55.9 percent from the field for her career, posing the second best shooting percent in the Lady Royals' storied history. She also added 296 rebounds, 69 assists, 61 blocks, and 24 steals in 83 games played.
Feehery scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime victory against Moravian this past January and pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds on February 24 as Scranton defeated Juniata in overtime in the Landmark Conference championship game. She also blocked five shots in a win over Cabrini in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, tied for the fourth most in a national tournament game in program history.
While looking to lead Newcastle's basketball team to the same level of success she enjoyed at Scranton, Feehery will also be focused on obtaining her master's degree. Feehery, whose career goal is to work in a healthcare organization that works towards its goals in a professional and reputable fashion, believes the Newcastle's Global Human Resource Management program will provide the knowledge, group work, leadership roles, and practical experience needed to become an effective human resource professional.
A standout on both the basketball court and in the classroom, Feehery was a three-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll honoree for the Lady Royals and was named a co-recipient of the Dr. Harold Davis Award which is presented to Scranton's most valuable senior women's basketball player.
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