By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation
Beginning today and over the next few weeks, Noontime Sports is going to be highlighting various senior student-athletes we have covered this school year, beginning with Endicott College‘s Kaleigh Putnam, who was named to our All-Noontime New England D-III Basketball Third Team and D3Hoops.com’s All-Northeast Region Fourth Team.
Putnam, who is a sports management major, guided the Gulls to their first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title in February, along with their initial NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Scranton.
A two-time all-conference honoree, including a first-teamer this past winter, Putnam concluded her time with the Gulls by netting 971 points to go with 354 rebounds, 248 assists, and 101 steals.
Earlier this month, we caught up with Putnam to discuss her final season, but also her future plans after graduation next month.
What will you remember most about your senior year?
I will always remember winning the CCC championship. All of our hard work really paid off and I couldn’t be prouder of my teammates for what we accomplished.
Being able to spend every day with my best friends and playing the sport I love is something that I will cherish forever. Championship day was just an example of what our program and our team were capable of accomplishing this past winter. Also, being able to say that we were the first Endicott women’s basketball team to win the championship is very, very special to me.
Looking back on the 2019-20 season, what game (or games) will you will remember most? Why these particular games?
First, our championship game (against UNE) will be something that I will remember most. That day was so special and historic. Everyone on the team was well-prepared and came out ready to play. It was really special for everyone to step up and play as well as they did.
The other game was our team’s first-round NCAA Tournament contest against Scranton. Scranton was ranked twelfth in the nation (at the time) and no one in the gym thought we were going to win except us. It was probably one of the biggest crowds that we played in front of (this past year) and one of the most fun games that we played in, as well. We were all playing our best basketball (heading into the game) and everything that we had worked for (throughout the season) had come full circle on that particular evening. We proved (to both) ourselves and others that we can compete on a national level.
What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Endicott women’s basketball team (and program) these past four years?
Engaging with the Endicott community. Everyone at Endicott, from the students to the athletic department and faculty, were all very supportive throughout my career. Everyone was invested in the success of the program and I think that really showed. Without their support, we would not have been as successful as we were this past season.
Making the connections with my teammates and coaches and being able to share the experience of playing basketball with them for four years is something that I am going to cherish forever.
Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan to stay involved with the sport in some capacity? Any interest in coaching?
I do plan to stay involved in sports, but not just basketball. I could see myself coaching in the future – I have been coaching with an AAU program for the past few years so I will probably continue with that. I could definitely see myself coaching at the college level at some point when the opportunity presents itself.
What interested you in pursuing a degree in Sports Management? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?
The passion and the environment that sport brings out in people is something that I want to be around for the rest of my life. It is what drew me to pursue a degree in sport management.
As for my post-graduation plans, I will continue my education at Springfield College next semester to pursue a master’s degree in Athletic Administration. And after my time at Springfield, I would like to pursue a career within college athletics.