Solomon out as assistant coach
Former European talent scout Jacob Solomon’s tenure as an assistant coach with the GW women’s basketball team is over.
Head coach Joe McKeown confirmed Aug. 17 that Solomon will not be returning to the program.
“Things just didn’t work out,” McKeown said without elaborating further.
Before coming to GW, Solomon spent time as an assistant coach with Manhattan’s women’s basketball team in 2001-2002 and spent several seasons in London as a head coach.
Joens to play in Israel
Cathy Joens’ long, strange trip as a professional basketball player continues this fall in Israel. On Aug. 9, Joens signed with Elizur Ramle, last year’s Israeli league champion.
Since Joens graduated from GW, she has crossed the globe trying to catch on as a professional. After being drafted 30th overall by the New York Liberty in 2004, Joens was released during training camp and then signed with CB Puig d’en Valls of the Spanish Premiere League.
She returned to the D.C. area in May, trying to land a spot on the Washington Mystics, but she was waived on May 12. Since then Joens has been playing with Athletes in Action in Turkey. AIA is an organization that sends athletic teams around the world to promote Christianity.
“I am really proud of her work ethic and determination,” McKeown said. “I think she will eventually go to medical school. She has a bright future in front of her.”
Former Colonial Lands at Manhattan
Amanda LaCasio, who transferred from GW earlier this spring, has committed to the Manhattan College Jaspers of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. LaCasio will sit out the 2005-2006 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and be eligible to play for the Jaspers during the 2006-2007 season.