Miranda Hernandez ’17 Commits to Playing Basketball at Regis College
By Samantha League, Communications Coordinator
Miranda Hernandez, a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), signed a National Letter of Intent on November 9, 2016, to attend and play basketball at Regis College in Boston, Massachusetts next year. She is the first student-athlete of the class of 2017 to commit this year.
Miranda was introduced to basketball in the first grade through the Girl Scouts Biddy Ball program. She was recruited to San Diego Sol by Coach Jenny Harris and has been playing there for almost ten years. She is currently a shooting guard for OLP’s basketball team and is an excellent three-point shooter.
“It’s very apparent that Miranda truly loves basketball and belongs out there,” OLP Head JV Basketball Coach Sarah Blackbourn said. “She will always be the hardest worker on the court, finding a way to outplay her opponent.”
Last year, Miranda garnered 31-points in a single game against Granite Hills High School. She also won the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award in October, which recognizes student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the field and within their community.
“As one of her coaches, I am very proud of how she has grown into such a wonderful young lady,” Coach Blackbourn said.
Only two percent of high school student-athletes go on to play at the college level, but Miranda set her mind on accomplishing this feat a long time ago. “I never wanted to (stop playing basketball) after high school… It’s been a part of my life for so long,” Miranda said.
She credits her coaches for pushing her through rough patches and for teaching her that she has to achieve her goals for herself, not for anyone else. “You put in the work, so make sure you’re going somewhere you want to be because you know that will be a good place for you,” she said.
Like OLP, Regis College was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. This was actually a surprise to Miranda, but “it ended up being cool and made sense” when she visited the campus. “You could tell by the vibe (that it was a CSJ school),” she said.
The OLP Athletics Department is thrilled that Miranda’s hard work has paid off. “Miranda will be a great ambassador for our program and mission, exemplifying ‘all of which woman is capable,’” Aaron Gonzalez, Assistant Principal for Athletics, said.
Miranda plans to double major in neuroscience and psychology.