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Coro to Take Over Wheeler Girls Varsity Basketball Program

The Wheeler School is excited to announce the hiring of Stephanie Coro as the new Girls Varsity Basketball Coach who will take the helm for the 2020-2021 season.

A standout player at North Providence High School and later at Rhode Island College, Coro played professionally in Spain before beginning a coaching career at the prep and college levels; including time at St. Andrews (Rhode Island), Putnam Science Academy (CT), and as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations at the University of Rhode Island. The former All-State guard and two-time Little East All-Conference selection is already a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at both alma maters. 

“We are really fortunate to bring in Stephanie to take over our girls basketball program,” Director of Athletics, Sean Kelly ‘02, says. “In addition to her impressive playing and coaching resume, Stephanie’s reputation for having a sharp basketball IQ and the ability to establish strong relationships with her players makes her the perfect person to build on Coach Bob Schmidt’s success last season.”  

Coach Schmidt guided the Girls Basketball program to a 5th place finish in Division I of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL), en route to an appearance in the Quarterfinal Round of the Division I Tournament as well as an opening-round win in the Rhode Island State Tournament before the winter season ended due to COVID-19.

The Warriors return 8 players from last year’s roster; including, two-time All-Stater Kate Keenan ‘21 who became the 18th member of the Wheeler 1,000 Point Club, highly-skilled guard and All-Division selection, Mia Mancini ‘22, the versatile play of Isabella Santana ‘21, and freshmen standouts, Lexi Miller ‘24 and Lily Routhier ‘24.

In accepting the position, Coro said, “Last year, I didn’t have the opportunity to coach and I missed it so much. When the chance to coach at Wheeler surfaced, I jumped at the opportunity. Wheeler is a dynamic community with a great reputation academically and athletically, and I’m excited and grateful to continue my coaching career here!”

The RIIL, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Principals’ Committee on Athletics (PCOA), have not provided details for the winter season, but with the positive momentum of the fall underway, there should be more information to come in the weeks ahead.

Author: Sean Kelly  

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