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Coach Yasmin

Yasmin Ithier-Vicenty

Yasmin Ithier-Vicenty is passionate, intense, and competitive are just three words used to describe her mindset. Not only are those qualities that were instilled in Yasmin throughout her upbringing but are qualities she very much shares with her players. Born and raised in Newington, Yasmin has always been involved in the game from Parks and Recreation to town travel, AAU, middle school, high school and college basketball.

During her successful career at Newington High School, Yasmin was a three sport varsity athlete as well as honor student. In basketball, she was a four year varsity starter in addition to a 1,000 point scorer, All Conference member, and one of only three in the schools history to become a female basketball All State member. She was awarded the E. Joyce Jamer Award as the best female athlete in her graduating class and averaged 25 points per game that same year. Following high school, Yasmin received a scholarship to play basketball at the University of New Haven. She contributed on both ends of the court and prided herself on her tenacious defense. She had a very solid career. Although it was cut short senior year from an early ACL tear, this is where she began her transition as a coach. Not only was she able to provide feedback to her teammates but she was also able to see the game from a new perspective and share her knowledge with her coaches on what she saw on both ends of the court.

Yasmin is currently certified as a high school coach and serves as the Head Coach for Newington Girls Travel basketball and also the Varsity Assistant Coach for the Newington High School Girls Basketball team.

Yasmin is a big believer in giving back and that is a huge reason why she decided to not only coach for Newington High School but also coach for the Connecticut Spirit Organization. During her playing days with CT Spirit, Yasmin's squad was one of the first teams to represent the organization on the big scale ranking in the top 13 in the nation three years in a row and winning states five years in a row. In her transition from player to CT Spirit coach, she followed suit from her younger years and led her team to gold medals in 2014 and 2015 in the AAU State Championships. She again led them to back to back gold medals at the Nutmeg State Games those same years.

Not only is she focused on helping players with their fundamental excellence on the court but she also makes it her priority to promote opportunities for leadership, communication, and self-discipline off the court. She uses basketball as a catalyst to build a culture of hard work, responsibility, and respect within her team.

In everything she does, Yasmin works towards helping the young ladies she works with become fearless and gain self confidence. She helps them understand the will to prepare and win comes with a lot of hard work and mental toughness. She motivates her players to understand that the "little things make a big difference" and that working towards being the very best player you can be for your team is essential.

Furthermore, she strives to develop character, teamwork, and sportsmanship in the interactions with her players and amongst teammates. Through her practices, she creates an intense, motivating atmosphere where players gain basketball knowledge and continually progress in different realms of their game. She not only focuses on the fundamentals but also helps gear her players to become students of the game. She is committed to each and every player she coaches and will continue to help these young athletes obtain their own success and reach new heights!