‘Coach Yo’ attains new milestone
Just a small statement from the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) acknowledging the new contract arrangement Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin signed with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) would have sufficed.
A note congratulating her and at the same time sending a message to young Bahamian girls and boys of what heights are possible in this life, would have been appropriate.
The BBF should seek to be redeemed by officially making a public tribute to “Coach Yo”, as she is otherwise fondly referred to.
This is exactly how federations and our wider country become disconnected from our great sports ambassadors. Simple courtesies and salutes are not forthcoming for our sports stalwarts. They get full recognition outside of the country however.
So, we lose a Jonquel Jones. She now competes for another country.
It should be accepted that “Coach Yo” is a prime choice always to represent the United States when national squads are selected.
Indeed, come 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, “Coach Yo” could be one of the coaches for the United States at the Olympics. She is at that high market value. We could lose her.
No doubt she loves her nation… but offers could be so incredibly tempting.
Today, I salute this wonderful and inspirational daughter of our soil. She is on a pathway never travelled by any Bahamian.
Yes, there are Bahamians coaching an appreciable levels, but “Coach Yo” is in an elite position with one of the storied institutions in American history.
She continues to enhance The Bahamas’ sports brand.
Her extended head coach contract to the year 2023 is huge.
Continued best wishes “Coach Yo”.
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