Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Q&A with UMES women's basketball coach Fred Batchelor

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -- Summer can be a very busy time for college basketball coaches.

It's the offseason, technically, so coaches have to carve out time for family. But the days in June, July and August can also be crucial for recruiting.

Most coaches also squeeze in a youth camp or clinic somewhere in that timespan too.

Fred Batchelor was in Princess Anne this past week to host the annual University of Maryland Eastern Shore's women's basketball camp and took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to do an offseason Q&A with The Daily Times.

Under Batchelor's direction, the Hawks wrapped up last season with an overall record of 12-17, but had a winning mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with a 10-6 record. In nine of his 12 seasons at the helm of the Hawks, Batchelor's teams have finished with a record of .500 or better in conference play.

Last season the Hawks ended the regular season with a six-game winning streak, but another injury derailed them and UMES fell in the first round of the MEAC tournament. That team was powered by electric play from young guards in Keyera Eaton and Ciani Byrom, solid play from a versatile wing in Moengaroa Subritzky, and exceptional rim protection from Alexis Udoji — who finished her Hawks career as the all-time leading shot blocker in UMES history.


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