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Medicis takes helm of Westmo girls basketball team

Steve Jones
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Posted 7/12/22

If new Westmoreland varsity girls basketball head coach Jessica Medicis has her way, the Bulldogs will be a tenacious opponent this coming season.

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Medicis takes helm of Westmo girls basketball team

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WESTMORELAND — If new Westmoreland varsity girls basketball head coach Jessica Medicis has her way, the Bulldogs will be a tenacious opponent this coming season.

Medicis started for four years at a nationally-ranked high school in New Jersey before playing collegiate basketball at Division III Rowan University. After she graduated with a degree in biology she played on the USAA developmental team that traveled in Ireland, playing professional teams and the national team there. She’s now in graduate school to become an elementary school teacher, and is a teaching intern and substitute in the Rome City School District.

“I played high level basketball all my life,” Medicis said. Most recently she was coaching at Rome Free Academy as an assistant varsity girls coach and AAU coach. She took two years off in the wake of COVID-19 and had twins.

“I wanted to get back into coaching. RFA hired a wonderful assistant in Tiana Pugh and they did great things with their sectional run,” Medicis said, adding with a laugh, “Now there’s no place for me.”

“Our whole life revolves around basketball,” said Medicis, whose husband, Nick, is the RFA boys varsity head coach.

She was looking for teaching assistant positions and saw the Westmoreland basketball job opportunity. “This would be awesome. I could have my own program with my own culture,” she said she thought at the time. “Everything that I’ve heard about the Westmoreland School District is incredible. The community, it can’t get much better. It’s so supportive. Everybody supports everybody.” She added, “It’s special.”

In describing her coaching style, Medicis said: “Traditional in a lot of ways. I’m a firm believer that my team might not necessarily be the most talented team but no player who walks on the court will outwork us.” She wants a team that will be a family. “Through hard work, almost as a sisterhood, I expect those morals to prevail at the end.”

She added, “With my relentless defensive approach and tenacity on both sides of the court added to their talent it will be a very deadly combination for other teams.”

The Bulldogs were 9-12 last season as a member of the Center State Conference.

“I’m very excited and thankful,” the coach said, adding that she’s excited to work with new athletic director Jerry Fiorini. “I’m just looking to build on a program that was basically handed to me. There were some great things that were done that we can capitalize on. The future looks bright for Westmoreland basketball.”

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