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Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, affectionately known as Mentor Abe, is the 3rd head coach in Ga history. She played for the very first, the famous Andy Landers. That connection is not missing on the gamers on the roster, from Diamond Battles, who followed her from Central Florida, to sixth-12 months senior fixture Malury Bates.
Bates stated issues have not transformed much since Joni Taylor remaining Ga to realize success one more legend when Gary Blair retired at Texas A&M. It did not just take extended for Bates to see that Coach Abe and Taylor “the two have some of Andy Landers in them.”
Toughness. Willpower. A determination to defense. Bates added another excellent she valued in Taylor and has occur to appreciate in Coach Abe.
“They just enjoy to empower women of all ages,” Bates claimed. “That on your own helps make them terrific and will make them job types.”
When Bates’ words were being relayed to Abrahamson-Henderson, the mentor reported, “I just acquired goosebumps.” She relayed a little bit of her possess story, acquiring been lifted by a one mom “who was ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ each day.
“I failed to get into this enterprise to mentor. I obtained into this business to empower girls. By basketball, I can empower gals.”
She also observed that “successful arrives with that,” and she has carried out a good deal of it. In 17 yrs as a head mentor at Missouri Condition, Albany and Central Florida, her groups have won 16 meeting championships. They did it very last period at UCF, where Battles was named AAC participant of the 12 months, defensive participant of the year and most fantastic player at the conference tournament.
Battles, who’s from central Florida, said she adopted her mentor to Ga because “she’s an awesome coach on and off the flooring. Observing her photo on the partitions there (as a participant) is great. The only thing that is modified about her is the place.”