Willeen Capehart is a native of Providence, Rhode Island. Since the age of 7, Willeen fell in love with the game of basketball modeling her older cousin and her older brother. Willeen began playing basketball for her local recreation center, West End Recreation. Coaches such as Ty Dale helped Willeen develop the fundamentals of basketball. Willeen then went on to play AAU basketball for Ocean State Pride head coached by Eric Parker and Mark Leszyck. Willeen then went on to finish her AAU career with the Exodus team. With a successful AAU career, Willeen also played Division I high school basketball at LaSalle Academy with head coach, Sean Reddy. Here at Lasalle, Willeen learned the most about basketball as she names Sean Reddy as one of the best coaches she ever played for.
During her high school career, Willeen was taken under the wing of well known basketball star, Shannon Perry. Shannon helped Willeen develop better ball handling skills, a more efficient shot, and most importantly the essence of hard work. After high school, due to academic issues, Willeen went on to Roxbury Community College with hopes to pick up a scholarship and improve her grades. Willeen helped RCC win two conference titles and advance to the NJCAA XXI Finals two years in a row. Willeen was named first team all-region as a freshman averaging 13.7 points per game, 5.8 assists, and 3.6 steals. Willeen was also named NJCAA player of the week two times during her freshman year and once during her sophomore year. Willeen went on to graduate from RCC with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
Willeen had the opportunity to play Division I basketball at Walsh University in Ohio on a full scholarship. Due to personal reasons, Willeen went on to play Division II basketball at Caldwell University in New Jersey. According to Willeen, this was the best decision she made in her life. Willeen played under head basketball coach, Linda Cimino who she describes as the best basketball coach she has ever met. Willeen continued her basketball career from a different perspective as she went on to coach at LaSalle Academy, leading the JV basketball team to win a championship. Willeen now coaches AAU for Mass Elite in Massachusetts.