Guard Sierra DeCosta

Guard Sierra DeCosta is one of the five newly signed recruits coach McNeal has added to the roster for the 2019-2020 season.

This upcoming spring will be Kim McNeil’s first season as the East Carolina University women’s basketball head coach. McNeil’s inaugural season may not begin until the spring semester, but she has already started recruiting players in preparation for the 2019-2020 season.

Announced at a press conference on June 12, McNeil has recruited five women that have officially signed to play for ECU women’s basketball’s upcoming season.

Guard Sierra DaCosta, guard Taniyah Thompson, guard Katerina Tsineke, forward Xianna Josephs and guard/forward Ryann Evans have all signed to play for ECU.

Two of these five recruits are joining the Pirates from international waters, as Tsineke grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece and Josephs grew up in Brampton, Ontario.

Tsineke is coming from Hellenic College in Greece and Josephs is coming from Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.

Additionally, Thompson will be joining ECU from Hamden High School in Hamden, Connecticut and Evans is coming from Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland.

Lastly, DaCosta is transferring from the University of Hartford, and actually has some prior history with McNeil.

“Obviously there is a previous relationship with Sierra,” McNeil said. “I coached her for three years and she was a huge attribute to our program at Hartford.”

McNeil coached at Hartford for three seasons, and led her team to three consecutive winning seasons.

“I know she’s gonna do unbelievable things here at East Carolina, both knowing our system and being a leader on the court.” McNeil said.

The five players signed officially begins McNeil’s first recruiting class, and more may sign with ECU as the season approaches.

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