Update: Little Big Horn recruits the Bahama’a


A few months ago I posted an article on three women’s basketball players from the Bahamas who were recruited to Little Big Horn junior college, located in Crow Agency Montana. I really like this story, and ran across this update on these three women and thought I would pass it along.

Little Big Horn Scores Bahamian Three-Pointer

July 30th, 2009

It took awhile, but now that all of the paper work has been completed the trio of Tiffany Wildgoose, Tracy Lewis and Taniel Poitier are one step closer to gaining a college degree and beginning their college basketball career at Little Big Horn College (LBHC) in Montana . They will be under the guidance of women’s basketball coach Dominic Gaglia.

The three Bahamians will be the first international student-athletes in the schools’ history. They are all excited about leaving for Montana on August 24th.
According to the basketballers coach Gaglia has high expectations for them academically and on the court. They hope through teamwork with the other players they meet at LBHC they can bring a basketball title to the school.
The coach has already sent the girls some of the schools basketball gear including tennis shoes and practice uniforms.
“It felt good when we finally found out that we had gotten the I-20 forms because that was the biggest hurdle for us, besides being a little nervous about making the transition from high school to college,” said Wildgoose who is 5′ 10″ and a pretty good ball handler and shooter.
The very active 5′ 6″ Poitier said, “We had been waiting for a long time, and it was very satisfying to finally hold the I-20 in my hand.” Asked why they all decided to stick together she said, “Well the school has never had an international student athlete before so we thought it would be nice for the three of us to go there and make a name for The Bahamas.”
Lewis who is 5′ 10″ and has a little bit of what both the other girls have in terms of skills, said she and her parents were “very happy when things worked out.”
“I know it won’t be easy playing basketball and keeping our grades up to acceptable levels but I thinks we are ready for the challenge,” she said.
Laverne Wildgoose, Tiffany’s mother, has done most of the communications with the schools including flying over to check it out. She is “very proud” of the girls finally getting the opportunity.
She said although there were other coaches that were interested in the girls they decided to stick with LBHC and she explained why.
“They stuck with coach Gaglia because he has been working with us from last year, the only problem was his schools could not issue an I-20 and so we had to work our way through that and it took a while. Now that we have gotten past that they will be the first international students attending the school.”
“And another reason we decided to wait until the paper work was sorted out is because coach Gaglia has stuck with us and I felt within my heart that it was the best offer for them,” she said.
“The girls have very good chemistry playing together after playing in numerous tournaments and playing together in the women’s night league, so it would be good for them to play together at the same college,” said L. Wildgoose.
“Coach G’s expectations are very high for the girls. Even though he has never seen them play he has been reassured by National Coach Jarrel Nairn and myself that they would be great for his program.”
“All I’m asking of them is to go to Montana and make The Bahamas and myself proud, because I have stuck with the three girls, working with their parents and trying to keep them practicing and focused so that they would be ready to go and shine for The Bahamas,” she said.
“Another reason why we chose LBHC is because Coach ‘G’ has promised to make their degree a priority and once they live up to the eight commitments they agreed to he has also promised to have them placed in a four year school to continue their education, so its up to them and I am sure they will do well,” she explained.
A number of top four year schools recruit heavily in the Montana area.

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2 Responses to “Update: Little Big Horn recruits the Bahama’a”

  1. 1 D. Pine Jr.
    August 10, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Coach G is an awesome coach. He works so hard for his program but he is ultimately about getting his players to four year colleges whether they go on to play basketball or not. I sincerely hope they succeed this year because their school has some awesome people there! My sister was recruited to play there a few years ago and even though she didn’t go, I still have some good memories of the people we met when we visited 🙂

    • 2 Leander Leadon, family and friends
      August 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm

      Blessings to you and your friends Tiffany,from your Sugarcane Lane Neighbourhood. Daddy-k.

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