1-on-1: For Gabby Lisella, it's not just about winning on the basketball court

1-On-1 with Matt Leon
October 04, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gabby Lisella.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gabby Lisella recently retired from coaching women's basketball at Division III Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She spent 19 seasons at the helm of the Profs, winning 260 games, the most in program history. 

"For me it wasn't really ever about the wins," she said, discussing what that record means to her. "It goes back to preparing kids to be successful people, people of character. It's great, don't get me wrong, and when we talked about being people of character and preparing you to succeed, doesn't mean we never wanted to win. Believe me, I'm as competitive as it comes. I think it's just really a reflection of time well spent."

She talks about one of her favorite aspects of being a coach.

"I made the right choice staying in Division III because it's about developing. You get a kid who turns into an adult. So that transformation where they come in, and it happens somewhere between their sophomore and junior year, and I love it, I love it, where you get this kid who comes in goofy, the first decision they've ever made in their life is, 'Where am I going to college?' and it's this big massive thing," she said. "But you know you're going to college somewhere. But then right around the sophomore, junior year when they're like, 'I've got to get ready for the rest of my life,' and to see that transformation, I've always loved."

While she is done coaching, Lisella is still working as Rowan as an associate athletic director. 

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