Emily Caswell: A Star on Hold
Not all star players are given the chance to prove themselves right from the start. Sometimes they need to take a backseat and just wait their turn and Emily Caswell is one who appeared to be in that position, a solid all-around player with great fundamentals. It may have taken a while but Emily turned from being just a key piece of a contending team to a leader of a contending team and it is a role she embraced proudly to the Caldwell community.
Prior to Caldwell Emily has proven herself that she can be a dominant player at a high level. She was named first team All-State as a senior at the Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island. During her senior year she averaged over 19 points and over 10 rebounds per game and reached the milestone of scoring over 1,000 points in her high school career. She was chosen as the 2011 Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year by the interscholastic League and Cox Sports and also helped Prout win the Rhode Island Division II state championship in 2011. The journey would go on as she would go on to join the Caldwell University community and play for the Cougars.
Emily was able to play in every game during her freshman year but had a small role and it was the same situation during her sophomore year. Emily had to take a backseat before reaching her full potential as players like Jeanette Anderson and Torey Jones were the leaders of the team. But Emily didn’t believe she was just taking a backseat to those players. If anything she learned from watching them and enjoyed playing alongside them as they would dominate game after game. “I’m the type of person who needs to be fully comfortable doing something. My first few years here I was learning a lot from them and I enjoyed being their sidekick and watching them dominate. They taught me a lot,” said Emily. “But I knew what I needed to do those years and I knew I would have to step up and be more of a factor to the team and that’s what I did. I credit them a lot because they really showed me how to do it.” It was clear that she needed to be a key player during her junior year with Torey Jones having graduated and Emily stepped up to the challenge. She averaged over 13 points and 7 rebounds per game and emerged as a key player behind Jeanette Anderson to help lead the way for Caldwell and bring the team to a CACC tournament final appearance.
Going into her senior year at Caldwell with Jeanette Anderson now gone, Emily needed to become the leader of the team but some thought she wouldn’t have the voice or courage to lead a team. Kristina Danella, head coach of the women’s basketball team, took the head coaching job during Emily’s senior year and didn’t see what all the hype was about when it came to Emily. “What do you see in her?” asked Danella. “People told me she was an amazing player but she didn’t stand out and seemed so shy. Everybody just kept telling me to just wait on it and eventually she did. I knew she was going to have a good year but she exceeded expectations and her numbers were off the chart. She quickly turned from a key player to a star player.” During her senior year Emily’s number were truly off the chart as she averaged over 20 points and 14 rebounds per game leading the conference in scoring and had the most double doubles in the CACC conference and scored over 1,000 career points. All of Emily’s awards came within her senior season which includes several CACC, ECAC, and MBWA weekly awards and named to Daktronics All-Region first team. She also won the CACC player of the year, ECAC player of the year, and All-Met Co-Player of the year. Most importantly, Emily received All-American honorable mention from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Emily is a spectacular player to watch on the court but she can get the job done off the court as well, mainly in the classroom. “She’s great in basketball and in the classroom. She’s a complete role model,” said coach Danella. Emily was chosen to the Capital One Academic All-American third team, made the CACC All-Academic Team, and was selected as Caldwell’s nominee for NJAIAW Woman of the Year. But what makes Emily a great teammate and friend is the bond she has with people, including coach Danella. “I’m probably the closest to Emily. She’s a great leader and from the start we have been close. The lost of her father I think is what helped bring us together and helped us form a great relationship,” said Danella.
Having now graduated from Caldwell University and earning her degree in Criminal Justice, Emily now plans on heading to grad school for a completely different field of study. What makes her so unique is the mindset she has when approaching challenges on and off the court. “As a player and as a person, I like to think that I am hard working, I’m always listening, and I’m always looking for advice. I know I can get better at every aspect of life so I’m trying to learn new things everyday,” said Emily. With a mindset like that, there is no question that the road to success can be just as spectacular as her collegiate basketball career.
Bachelor's Degree- Criminal Justice
CACC Player of the Year (Senior)
ECAC Player of the Year (Senior)
All-Met Co-Player of the Year (Senior)
Four Time CACC Player of the Week
Four Time ECAC Player of the Week
Daktronics All-American Second Team
Daktronics All-East Region First Team
CACC All-Academic Team
Capital One Academic All-American Third Team
Caldwell's Nominee for NJAIAW Woman of the Year
“As a player and as a person, I like to think that I am hard working, I’m always listening, and I’m always looking for advice. I know I can get better at every aspect of life so I’m just trying to learn new things everyday,”