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A New Era for Women’s Basketball: Sade Wiley-Gatewood

In an exciting development for collegiate basketball, Cuyamaca College has ushered in a new era of women’s basketball excellence with the appointment of Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood as the head coach. The Dean of Athletics at Cuyamaca College, Tonie Campbell, OLY, announced the beginning of a promising journey for the Lady Coyotes under Wiley-Gatewood’s leadership.

A Journey of Excellence

Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood, a San Diego native, has been synonymous with basketball excellence from high school to her impactful collegiate career. Known for her exceptional skills and leadership, she played under the legendary Pat Summit at Tennessee before concluding her storied career at Maryland. Wiley-Gatewood’s transition from a celebrated athlete to a revered coach has been nothing short of inspirational.

Transforming Passion into Leadership

After hanging up her sneakers, Wiley-Gatewood did not stray far from the basketball court. Instead, she channeled her passion for the game into coaching, founding Hoop Blessings LLC. This program isn’t just about developing athletes; it’s about shaping leaders, enhancing personal growth, and prioritizing academic achievement alongside sporting prowess.

“Coaching at Cuyamaca is about shaping lives through basketball. I’m here to guide our athletes toward success in sports and life. Excited for this journey with the Lady Coyotes, built on hard work and teamwork.”

Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood

A Coach with a Vision

Throughout her coaching career, Wiley-Gatewood has been no stranger to success, leading teams to CIF Championships and earning accolades such as the NFHS California Coach of the Year. Her induction into the Southern California Hall of Fame is a testament to her profound impact on the sport. At the heart of her coaching philosophy is a commitment to hard work, dedication, and teamwork principles she’s excited to bring to Cuyamaca College.

Building a Winning Program

As the new head coach, Wiley-Gatewood’s vision extends beyond basketball victories. She is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and empowering environment, particularly for historically underrepresented and first-generation college students. Her approach is holistic, emphasizing not just athletic success but also professional growth, continuous learning, and academic excellence.

With Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood at the helm, the future of Cuyamaca College’s Women’s Basketball Team looks brighter than ever. Her leadership is poised to inspire a new generation of athletes to reach their full potential, instilling values of resilience, teamwork, and integrity.


Hoop Blessings is thrilled to see one of our step into this prestigious role. Coach Wiley-Gatewood’s journey from a distinguished player to a transformative coach mirrors the ethos of Hoop Blessing’s excellence, growth, and leadership in every endeavor. We look forward to supporting her and the Lady Coyotes as they embark on this exciting chapter.

Join us in congratulating Coach Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood and wishing her and the Cuyamaca College Women’s Basketball Team every success in the upcoming seasons.

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