Alumnae Teammates Now On Separate Benches
Former Rosemont Raven teammates Maureen Deviney ’06 and Katie Linder ’07 still take to the hardwood during basketball season, but now they work on the sidelines as the two alumnae help mentor their teams as coaches of two different schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Linder is the Head Coach of the girls’ basketball team at St. Hubert’s Catholic High School for Girls while Deviney is an Assistant Coach for West Catholic Preparatory.
Both Philadelphia natives are now working in the City of Brotherly Love, Linder hails from the Northeast and studied Business and Accounting at Rosemont. On the other side of the court, Deviney is from East Falls and majored in Mathematics and Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish.
“I had some of the best times of my life at Rosemont,” Deviney said. “I made 10 lifelong friendships and we make it a point to see each other multiple times during the year despite the fact that we live all across the country from Washington, to Utah, Florida, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.“
In her own terms, Deviney’s basketball career was “not one for the record books.” Despite that, she was elected captain her senior year and was a repeat visitor to the PAC All-Sportsmanship list. She took on the captain role with one thing in mind: “to keep my team together and do everything I could in support of the growth of the program.”
“At Rosemont, I played a different role for the team compared to Katie,” she continued. “I was a bench player and when I got into the game, I often tried to feed the ball to Katie.”
That plan worked as Linder is still listed in the Rosemont and CSAC/PAC record books, scoring 1,429 points in her career as a Raven.
When it came to coaching, Deviney started as a math teacher at West Catholic in 2006. It was her first teaching position out of college. She took her first year to settle into the career and get comfortable. Then (in 2007), she was approached by the athletic director and asked to come onto the coaching staff as a JV coach as they were expanding the program. She accepted the position and has been coaching ever since. Maureen then moved to the varsity staff and has been coaching at the varsity level for the past eight years.
Linder was coaching a CYO team at a local grade school when the head coach at Hubert’s took a leave of absence and the assistant coach asked her to help. After that season the head coach moved on, she applied for the job, and never looked back.
When asked how it felt to play Deviney in the playoffs, Linder used the word “exciting.”
“Maureen and her head coach have been doing a great job of building up their team,” Linder said. ”We lost to them in regular season and we were excited get another chance to play them. There's no better game than one of redemption against a friend!”
Deviney continued, “Looking at the standings, it was very easy to predict who we would face in the first round of the Philadelphia Catholic League playoffs.” She continued, “After the alumnae basketball event that Rosemont holds annually, Katie and I were at Kelly's and telling each other how we were using our relationship to try and motivate our players.”
Deviney’s West Catholic ultimately advanced in the postseason, ending Linder’s season for St. Hubert’s with a 65-48 decision on Valentine’s Day. St. Hubert’s ended the season with a record of 9-12 (4-8 PCL) while West Catholic was 14-10 (5-7 PCL), and would go on to face Columbia for a PIAA 1st round game in early March.
Reflecting on their different, yet complimentary careers, Deviney says the two still have a great relationship as coaches.
“It's nice to be able to talk to each other about different aspects of coaching and compare notes on the other teams we both face in the Philadelphia Catholic League. I always tell Katie that I hope she wins every game in her season except for one… the one when she plays us.”
Linder continued, “She has been coaching high school longer than I have so it is nice to be able to share some of my experiences with her and gather advice.”
Summing up their Rosemont experiences in one word, Deviney used the word “family” while Linder used “friendships.” Without a doubt these former teammates are still friends since joining the Rosemont family over 10 years ago.