ABOUT THE LADIES BALL

The Nation's Top Girls Basketball Championship

From the Creators of the U.S. All-American Bowl on NBC and the McDonald's All-American Game on ESPN

THE LADIES BALL, WHY NOW?

The Ladies Ball

Top teams and head coach will officially be announced at formal press conferences.

Women’s basketball has grown drastically over the years in visibility, numbers of players, skill level, fans, and energy. It is time to celebrate that success, continue the momentum and promote the game from the grassroots level with an event created exclusively for girls basketball, The Ladies Ball. We’re creating the biggest, most celebratory weekend in girls basketball history. The Ladies Ball tournament provides girls a platform to showcase their ability to the world and grow their game.

This is where the past, the present and the future come together. This is where the new world of girl’s basketball will be created. When History Calls, What Will You Do?

MEET OUR TEAM

Kate McGuinness – Executive Director

A former public affairs executive in New York with Cablevision, a media and telecommunications company that owned the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Liberty (WNBA), Kate has been working and impacting the national youth sports scene for more than two decades. Read more here.

Bob Geoghan – Chairman of National Selection Committee

Creator of the McDonald’s All American Game, with over fifty years of experience producing some of the biggest events in basketball, we are proud to have Bob Geoghan serve as the “Ladies Ball” Chairman of the National Selection Team. Read more here.

Richard McGuinness – Chairman of the Ladies Ball

Rich has created and ran the biggest football event portfolio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which featured showcase events on CBS Sports Network and events in China, Europe and Mexico. Read more here.

Mary Schrad – Director of Basketball Partnerships

As a “Trailblazer” inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, Mary has spent a lifetime contributing to the great game of basketball as a player, a coach, an administrator, a business leader, and a champion for the growth of women’s basketball. Read more here.

Marissa Holbert – Director of Media

A former baller and graduate from Sam Houston State with a degree in Mass Communications, Marissa created PassThaBall in 2010, a national game-changing media company that focuses on girls’ basketball and top brands that are investing in young women. Read more here.

Amanda Sepulveda – National Evaluator/Scout

Coach Amanda has spent the last decade on the national girls travel circuit leading coaching elite basketball for the U.S. Hoops program. A nationally renowned skills trainer, Amanda was a featured instructor and speaker at Gurlz Got Game, the national showcase event for girls basketball and coaches in its national all-star game. Read more here.

Chris Kross – National Evaluator/Scout

A Chicago sports legend, Chris found his passion and love for basketball at St. Francis de Sales High School where he was a three-sport athlete. Read more here.

​Delaney Rudd – National Evaluator/Scout

​Coach Rudd has a diverse basketball pedigree with excellence at every level. A Wake Forest legend, who played professionally in Greece and France and an NBA career Read more here.

Eddie Helton– Regional Evaluator/Scout

A basketball lifer who has been a positive force for women’s basketball in central Tennessee, Coach Helton is the founder and director of the Moore County AAU and the Central Tennessee Tide program. Read more here.

Eddie “EJ” Tarpey - National Evaluator/Scout

A former Division I basketball player at St. Peter's College and Evangel University, Eddie “EJ” Tarpey has lived a life of basketball and uses basketball as a ministry to teach his passion and life-lessons to young athletes. Read more here.

Jay Orillaza - International, National Evaluator/Scout

A top point guard who has graced many tournament courts domestically and in the Philippines, “Jersey Jay” has been coaching top girls’ teams and athletes in the New York tri-state area.Read more here.

Laurie Bollin – National Evaluator/Scout

A consistent presence on the national travel basketball scene managing and representing New England’s top-ranked Bay State Jaguars, Coach Bollin has dedicated much of her life to the women’s game.Read more here.

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