Montverde Academy is pleased to announce that senior Gileysa Penzo, a native of Puerto Rico and who recently played on the Puerto Rican National Team, has committed to play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, the “Sooners” are members of the prestigious Big 12 Conference. In doing so, Gileysa, a 5-10 guard for the Lady Eagles, becomes the first-ever girls basketball player in the history of Montverde Academy to commit to a Division 1 university. MVA Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach Steve Kenner is extremely pleased with Penzo’s decision and told Montverde.org, “I am so proud of Gileysa! She is the first girls basketball player in the school’s history to accept a Division I scholarship offer for basketball. She is an outstanding individual who works hard in the classroom, in the community, and on the court! Watching her play this summer on the AAU circuit and competing against the best programs at Nike Nationals, really solidified her abilities and skills to play on the next level. By the end of the summer, she was receiving scholarship offers from all over. In the end, I think her decision was based on; loyalty from the coaching staff and the continuity of the program. I believe she will become a great player at Oklahoma… Boomer Sooner!”
Under his two-year tenure, MVA’s Lady Eagles Varsity Basketball team has become a regional force in girls basketball that last spring received a special tribute for their recognizable improvement from the Orlando Sentinel. Coach Kenner, a former college head coach at Emory and Henry College of Emory, Virginia, and who also serves as Montverde Academy’s Lower-school PE teacher, has taken a somewhat waning Lady Eagles Varsity basketball program soaring to “new heights” with a phenomenally impressive 18-1 winning record last season that included wins over many established and talented Central Florida teams. Kenner received his Bachelor’s Degree in Technological Studies in Education from the University of Georgia (where he also played basketball) and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.