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Making a difference: female coaches become local role models

Local female coaches are teaching the next generation of girls’ basketball players the fundamentals of the game in a positive and supporting environment through Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism athletics.


Marika L. Benggio was born and raised in Hedgesville, West Virginia. Her passion to play basketball began at the age of seven and it has not subsided since. She played continuously through junior high and high school. In high school, Benngio made the varsity team as a sophomore.During her sophomore season, Benngio was recruited to play on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel team where she was introduced to her first and last female head coach. From that time, her life was consumed with playing basketball.

After graduating from high school, she had a short stint playing college basketball. Benngio then decided she wanted to serve her country and devoted over 20 years to the United States Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard, Benngio participated in local ...

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