Rising Stars is thrilled to announce that Bethany LeSueur, a widely recognized expert and leader in basketball coaching and training, will be the Director of the Rising Stars Girls program starting in 2013. Rising Stars executive director Dan Gimpel said, “We are very excited about Bethany heading up our girls program. With her wealth and knowledge she will be a great addition to the program and overall mission of Rising Stars.” Founder Paul Savramis commented as well “The addition of a girls program, and more importantly, a women of Bethany’s stature as its director, completes the original vision of Rising Stars as a complete basketball program when it began in 1996.”
A six-year starter at guard for Garden City High School, Bethany led her team to three state final fours, three Long Island Championships, three Nassau County Championships, and six Conference Championships. Bethany was twice named Gatorade Player of the Year for New York as well as Miss New York Basketball. She was a Street & Smith All-American as well as a USA Today All-American. Bethany holds the Long Island scoring record with 3,167 points and played in the Nike-WBCA High School All-America game. Bethany was a three-sport athlete at Garden City where she also competed for the lacrosse and soccer teams. She was named First Team All-State in soccer and was All-County twice. Off the court, Bethany was member of the National Honor Society and a Merit Scholar. Bethany was a 3-year starter at Georgetown University as well as a two-year team captain. In three years for the Hoyas, she is one of only seven players in Georgetown history to record over 800 points, 200 assists and 400 rebounds! She also received honors such as Defensive Player of the Year for the Hoyas and the Patricia E. Corace Hustle Award. Bethany was in the top ten in steals in the Big East her junior and senior seasons. Bethany was also in the top 3 in over 5 categories for the Hoyas.
Bethany is currently a Business Education teacher at East Meadow High School where she also serves as the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. Her extensive knowledge and experience makes Bethany an invaluable resource. We are elated to have her as part of the Rising Stars family.