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Bullett talks basketball, learning with Buckhannon Rotary Club

The Inter-Mountain photo by Sarah Goodrich Vicky Bullett, head coach of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Lady Bobcats, spoke to Buckhannon Rotarians Tuesday about the team’s dedication to education.

BUCKHANNON — Vicky Bullett, West Virginia Wesleyan’s head coach for women’s basketball, spoke to Buckhannon Rotary Club members Tuesday about the team’s strong drive for education and its upcoming fundraiser.

Bullett has been head coach for the Lady Bobcats since May 2016.

A 1985 graduate of Martinsburg High School, Bullett played college basketball for the University of Maryland.

During her collegiate basketball career, she was named to the All-ACC First Team in 1987, 1988 and 1989; and in 1989, ACC Player of the Year, ACC MVP and a Kodak All-American. She was selected for the 1988 and 1992 United States Olympic teams, which won gold and bronze medals, respectively.

She also played on the 1986 USA Select (junior national) team, the United States team which won the gold medal at the 1990 World Championships, and the United States team for the 1990 Goodwill Games.

She played six seasons in the WNBA, during which she scored 2,018 points. She also has played internationally in Italy and Brazil.

In June 2011, Bullett was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The current Lady Bobcats roster is made up of 16 players, including four seniors, with team members coming from all over the country, from California to Georgia and South Dakota.

“What brings them here, it’s probably not me as a head coach, but it’s the fact that the institution is providing them with an education that’s priceless,” she said.

Bullett noted the players are always students first.

“Prior to taking this job, I was at a junior college and I was professor in health and physical education, and I couldn’t get those kids out of the gym … Here, I can’t get them in the gym. They’re always in the library,” she said with a laugh. “But it’s a good thing.”

During her two years of being head coach, Bullett said the Lady Bobcats have dedicated themselves to the academic field.

In fact, out of the 22 sports offered at WVWC, the teammates ranked as having the highest GPA among those teams, she commented.

“The parents are really excited that as educators that’s the first thing we’re looking at for our student athletes to get that degree, to walk across that stage and, as I said before, your education is priceless and having a degree from Wesleyan I think has a high ranking,” Bullett said.

Though the team is struggling with wins this season, Bullett said, “It doesn’t matter. Win or lose.

“As long as these kids are happy go lucky, and I think with the experience I have with these young ladies and the parents that they have, it’s a joy,” she said. “You’re gonna lose a lot, I tell the kids, in your life time, but it’s how you approach the next day that’s going to matter.”

For the current fundraiser, the team is offering community members the opportunity to sponsor the team by having their name or business placed on the back of the stadium chairs.

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