PennWest Edinboro launches women’s club basketball

08/24/2022

Club BBWomen’s Basketball Head Coach Callie Wheeler, Club President Joelle Paul and Club Head Coach Mike Engdahl.

Beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year, PennWest Edinboro will be offering women’s club basketball to all women students who are interested.

The Edinboro Women’s Basketball Club will provide female athletes – who share a passion for basketball – with an opportunity to play in college in a competitive and fun environment. The club is open to all female students, with no prior experience required.

The club will hold practices twice per week and play games on weekends. Additionally, the club will submit a registration form to join the National Club Basketball Association Women’s Division (NCBBA-W), which is the fastest growing intercollegiate club basketball league in the country.

Although only a few years old, the NCBBA-W division boasts over 60 teams, including Penn State University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, Boston College and the University at Buffalo.

Edinboro student Joelle Paul, sophomore from Erie, Pa., studying exercise science, was named president of the newly formed club.

“Our goal eventually for this club is to make it bigger than basketball,” said Paul, who also serves as student-assistant manager of the Edinboro women’s basketball team. “This club will be a great program for young women who still have the love for basketball and competition in their hearts. It will give them the opportunity to learn, work hard and develop their basketball skills at a less-committed level while still enjoying the sport.”

Dr. Michael Engdahl, professor of personal financial planning at PennWest Edinboro, will serve as faculty advisor and head coach.

Engdahl’s experience coaching basketball includes several years coaching Chautauqua Fusion at the AAU women’s club level. During his time with Chautauqua Fusion, he also assisted with administration and recruiting and helped grow Chautauqua Fusion into the largest girls AAU basketball program in Chautauqua County, N.Y.

“University club basketball provides an excellent opportunity to play without a varsity-level commitment,” Engdahl said. “We are currently recruiting women who would like to play competitively in uniforms in real games with scoreboards and referees. Most importantly, we are looking for women who are looking to have fun and form lifelong bonds with other club members.”

Callie Wheeler, former Edinboro women’s varsity basketball player and head coach of the Edinboro’s women’s basketball team showed her support for the club’s formation.

“The club basketball team will offer a valuable experience for students who are looking to be involved in the women’s basketball community on Edinboro’s campus and continue to play basketball,” she said. “There are a lot of players who stop playing basketball because of the lack of opportunities on college campuses. We hope that our women’s basketball community will grow here at Edinboro, giving more students a chance to be a part of something special and continue to play the game they love.”

Anyone interested in more information should contact Engdahl at (716) 485-1409 or mengdahl@pennwest.edu or Joelle Paul at (814) 504-8458 or jp204651@pennwest.edu.