Samantha Guastella is an All-Shore talent that graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 2011 and she helped Quinnipiac University reach the NCAA tournament in 2015, now she’s taking the next step in her basketball career.
And that’s playing overseas.
Guastella recently signed with German-based agent Iska Waterloh, who got Guastella a contract with the BBC Etzella Ettelbruck. Now she’s a professional athlete.
“My assistant coach at Quinnipiac Marie Warner played in Italy for two years and she asked me after my junior year if I wanted to continue playing basketball after I graduated,” Guastella said. “At that time, I didn’t think I was ready. But after my senior year, I got some contacts about agents through my (head) coach (Tricia Fabbri) and started looking for opportunities.”
And she landed a gig in Luxembourg, a tiny European country bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. Guastella is currently in Red Bank working out at the Red Bank YMCA and leaves August 16 to start her professional career overseas.
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“I signed a nine-month contract and I have a feeling they signed me to be a post presence,” Guastella said. “I’m 6-foot-1 and they also signed a girl from the University of Montana, Jordan Sullivan, to be a center and she’s a little bit taller than me. We’ll be the two tallest players on the team as of right now.”
Guastella was a three-sport athlete at Red Bank Catholic (basketball for four seasons, lacrosse for two seasons and volleyball for one season) before she picked to pursue basketball in college at Quinnipiac University. In four years for the Bobcats, Guastella played in 123 games while starting 82 of them, averaged 23.7 minutes, 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. She’s using her time in New Jersey to keep herself in shape for the start of her professional career.
“It is an experience of a lifetime to play professional basketball and I’m so excited for this chance. I’m so thankful to all the coaches that I’ve had in my entire career,” Guastella said. “I’ve always been into working out and healthy eating. My job is to be an athlete 100 percent of the time so I have to take care of my body every day.”
Holmdel’s Guastella steps down as boys lacrosse coach
Sal Guastella informed the Asbury Park Press on July 4 that he resigned his boys lacrosse coaching position at Holmdel High School. Guastella completed his seventh season as the Holmdel varsity boys lacrosse coach in 2015 as the Hornets went 5-12. For his career, Guastella went 62-58.
“I stepped down as head varsity lacrosse coach at Holmdel because I want to be able to travel and catch some of my daughter’s basketball games in Europe,” Guasetlla said. “I will most likely be coaching in the Holmdel youth lacrosse program for a while.”
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Lax gets promotion, vacates basketball job
Jackson Liberty’s Mark Lax confirmed to the Asbury Park Press that he got promoted to the Jackson Liberty athletic coordinator job at Jackson Liberty. That promotion meant he would give up his coaching gig as the varsity boys basketball coach. In 2014, Lax completed his 10th season of coaching and the Lions went 5-16.
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Zengel resigns as basketball coach
Central Regional varsity boys basketball coach Steve Zengel confirmed to the Asbury Park Press that he resigned his coaching position. Zengel just completed his second season with the Golden Eagles as they went 12-11 in the 2014-2015 season. Overall in two years, Zengel went 20-25 and he was the third varsity boys basketball coach the school had since 2012.
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