Two young women coaches who led two of the rising girls teams of the 2018-19 season will go against each other as opposing coaches in the second annual Battle of the Valley All-Star Basketball Classic.
Wyoming Seminary’s Abbey Rodway and Western Wayne’s Natalie Winters will serve as coaches of the Wyoming Valley Conference and Lackawanna League in the girls opener of the senior all-star doubleheader, scheduled for March 31 at the Lackawanna College Student Union at 3 p.m.
The Battle of the Valley Classic is presented by Joyce Insurance and benefits Allied Services Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Miles for Michael.
Both girls coaches trace their basketball coaching roots through the Lackawanna League and West Chester University.
Rodway went to West Chester after playing at Valley View and Lackawanna College. An injury sidetracked her playing career there, but Rodway began to focus on coaching while interning with the West Chester women’s basketball team.
Winters, the all-time leading scorer at Carbondale where she led the Chargerettes to the 2005 District 2 title, played four seasons and served as captain for two at West Chester. After her college playing days, she began coaching as an assistant at West Chester East High School.
Rodway led Wyoming Seminary to the WVC Division 3 title in this season, her fourth year leading the team.
In her second season at Western Wayne, Winters led the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance in three seasons and their first winning record in four. The team improved from 7 to 13 wins.
Fellow WVC coaches voted Rodway Coach of the Year in Division 3 while selecting their all-star teams.
Rodway attended the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coaching Convention in Tennessee while at West Chester. She continued her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Masters Degree in Education with a certification in physical education.
Following her season at West Chester East, Winters spent four seasons at Forest City – two as junior varsity coach, then two as head coach.
Between the Forest City and Western Wayne head coaching assignments, Winters spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Scranton.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education and exercise science, with a minor in nutrition, from West Chester, Winters added a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania.
Winters led her Forest City teams to a 25-25 record and her Western Wayne teams to 20-25.
For details from the first Battle of the Valley All-Star Classic, see: