WC player spotlight: Georgia native acclimating to team and Texas
Courtesy of Weatherford College
A self-proclaimed "military brat," Amber Keith is used to moving around.
But she is picky about one thing, being comfortable – and she is just that as a member of the Weatherford College Lady Coyotes basketball team.
"I can't be uncomfortable. I had to know I was going to be happy where I was," said Keith, a 5-7 sophomore guard and transfer from Pensacola Community College.
"I really don't have a problem adapting, being a military brat, but I won't settle for anything."
Which is why she transferred from Pensacola State College, a well-respected program in its own right, to another nationally renowned program at Weatherford College. The coach who recruited her decided to make a career change, despite being not much older than Keith herself.
"She told us basketball was her life, but she had to find something else to do," said Keith. "She called us in and we thought we were going to get our workout schedule for the summer. Then we found out she was leaving, after two years? And still in her twenties?"
Keith remembered having spoken to Lady Coyotes coach Bob McKinley previously and was impressed with the legendary coach and his program. She admits she was considering a couple of other schools, but at the encouragement of a good friend, she gave Weatherford College another look.
That was all it took.
"I see all the tradition, the wins, plus I'm playing for a male coach. I'm definitely used to having a male coach," she said. "Bob kind of reminds me of my granddad. It was an easy fit coming here."
Coming into a program that graduated two All-Americans after last season, Keith's experience was instantly a plus. While she didn't play as much as she would have liked to in Pensacola, it was still college experience.
"I know there's a lot of pressure on me, but I'm used to it," said Keith, who leads the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference in assists, averaging nearly six per game.
Keith led her team to the elite eight in the postseason as a high school senior in Columbus, Georgia. She also earned All-Star status, the equivalent of All-State in Texas.
And she overcame an injury as a senior, fighting back to earn a college scholarship. That actually opened the door for her to pursue her career passion, being a nurse, like her mother.
"I've been in the hospital, and I've seen some doctors and nurses are there just for the paycheck, and I don't like that," she said. "I want to make a difference."
For the moment, she is making a difference with the Lady Coyotes as they chase a fourth consecutive conference championship.
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