Former Franklin Academy High School sports star giving motivational talks


Former Franklin Academy High School sports star giving motivational talks

MASSENA — A 1996 graduate of Franklin Academy, Malone, and athletic standout will be returning to the north country this week to give motivational talks at two area schools — St. Lawrence Central at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Massena Central at 7 p.m. Thursday.Missy West, an inspirational speaker from Positive Coaching Alliance, will be leading the discussions.Her presentations, “The Benefits of Sport — Beyond the Game” will include discussions about life lessons learned through sport, work ethic/sacrifice to be your best, multiple sport vs. specialization, and how to be a better sport parent to your child. The presentations are free and open to everyone.Founded in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. PCA achieves its goals primarily by providing training workshops to coaches, parents and administrators of schools and youth sports organizations in the United States.Ms. West joined Positive Coaching Alliance after coaching college-level basketball for the last 12 years at both the Division II and Division III levels. Prior to that, she had plenty of sports accolades under her belt.A star in girls’ soccer, girls’ basketball and softball while at Franklin Academy, Ms. West was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in July at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.She had led the Huskies girls basketball team to the state Class B final four in 1996, and also won the Miss New York Basketball Award. She was also the pitcher on the school’s state Class B softball championship team in 1995, and pitched the team to the final four in 1994 and state championship game in 1996. She won 64 games as a pitcher and threw 15 no-hitters and two perfect games. Seven of the no-hitters and the two perfect games were during the 1995 season.On the soccer field, she scored 51 goals in two years, and won the NAC Most Valuable Player Award both years.While on the basketball court, she scored a Section 10 record 2,605 career points before graduating and attending Duke University, where she played NCAA Division I women’s basketball and helped the Blue Devils reach the national championship game in 1999. While at Duke, she also participated in two AAC conference championships and five NCAA tournaments. Following that, Ms. West played two years of professional basketball in Germany and coached a 12-year-old team.Returning to the north country, she began a coaching career, starting at SUNY Canton, before becoming head coach at Hartwick, where she compiled a 95-64 record in six years, and then at Florida’s St. Leo University. Ms. West received three conference Coach of the Year honors and was nominated for National Coach of the Year in 2013.
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Former Franklin Academy High School sports star giving motivational talks

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