Ernesia Wideman-Wright returns to the WBCBL as the team owner of the newly formed Georgia Soul of Grovetown, Georgia.
Over the past 10 years, Ms. Wright has traveled the globe playing and coaching basketball while serving in the United States Army. With over 20 years of experience in coaching and training players on the AAU, high school, and collegiate levels, Ms. Wright decided it was time to take it to the next level, Professional Development.
"There is an abundance of talented young ladies in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). I want to help these young ladies fulfill their dreams and give back to my community by building a legacy of positive role models for the younger generation to emulate." – Ms. Wright
Ms. Wright’s minor league career in the WBCBL (Women's Blue Chip Basketball League) has spanned from the east to the west coast, playing two years for the Augusta Blaze (2006, 2009) and in Seattle with the Seattle Express and the Lakewood Panthers (2011-2013). In 2012 she was selected for the All- Army Women's Basketball team.
Her 2-year professional career in Romania from 2006-2008 resulted in twice being named to the All-Star Team and Imports All-Defensive Team.
While in college, Ms. Wright led the 2004 Augusta State University women's basketball team to its best year in school history, going 24-8. That season finished with an appearance at the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in St. Joseph, Missouri, where they finished with a national top 10 ranking. While at ASU, Ms. Wright earned All-Conference and All-Region player honors as well as being named ASU's Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. A scoring point guard, Ms. Wright finished her career with 12th in the ASU all-time record books in scoring, 5th in assists and 4th in steals. And as expected, she also had a stellar career at Lucy C. Laney High School where she received numerous local, state and regional recognition and awards.
In addition to her playing experience, Ernesia has professional working experience as a Probation Officer, a Corrections Officer, and a public school Paraprofessional. Ms. Wright now resides in her home town with her amazing husband Rocardo Wright. She will complete her Masters of Human Resources Degree in May of 2016 from Webster University.
The Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League names Mrs. Jacqueline Walker-Thompson as the WBCBL Northeast Regional Director.
Ms. Walker-Thompson has been a valued member of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League for over 6 years as co-owner of the Cleveland Crush Women’s Basketball Club.
The hometown Cleveland, Ohio native graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio with a 4.0 grade point average as a math major. She went on to earn a degree in accounting from Sawyer Business College. Ms. Walker-Thompson has worked for over 25 years as an Accounting Manager/ Payroll Supervisor in the field of Accounting and Finance.
Ms. Walker-Thompson is also celebrating 20 years of marriage with her husband, Reginald Thompson. Their family includes 2 daughters; Britney (WBCBL Player) and Tarsha, 3 sons; Wayne, Fabian and Darius, and 14 grandchildren.
Over the weekend, the Dallas Diesel women's basketball team stopped for a brief visit at Conway's McGee Center for a shoot-around practice. The Lady Diesel are in the final stretch of a 15-game college exhibition tour, in which, they are currently 11-2.
A former Dallas Diesel player named "Genai Walker" may ring a bell with most residents around the Central Arkansas area. Walker was a standout player for the University of Central Arkansas Lady Bears and retired from playing professionally in 2014.
The current Lady Diesel roster features players from across the US; North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas, and some international talent from Egypt and Switzerland. The team is coached by former Conway High/ University of Central Arkansas standout Willie McCray.
For more information about the Dallas Diesel, visit them online at www.DallasDiesel.com