Nearly a month after UConn wrapped up its eighth national championship, Caroline Doty is slowly adjusting to her new life among the alumni.
Instead of being with teammates in the post-season workout program, the former point guard is tending to more grown-up duties as her final graduate school semester draws to its end.
“Just trying finish up school strong. I have a few projects and papers that still need to be completed,” Doty said. “And I’m just hanging out; it’s kind of weird not have a postseason [workout program] to take part in for the first time in five years.”
A big part of that involves planning a future away from the game she has played and loved since she was very small. No longer are there tightly planned schedules to adhere to. Doty’s time is now her own.
“I have to be a big girl now,” said Doty laughing.
That process continues Sunday when Doty hosts her first two-hour basketball clinic at East Windsor High from 4 to 6 p.m – the “Caroline Doty/All-Pro Sports Basketball clinic.”
The clinic is for boys and girls aged 7 to 16. The campers will get to run fundamental basketball drills, play games and have an autograph/picture session with Doty.
The clinic is organized by Tim Leahy, who has worked with many UConn athletes – male and female – in the past on similar projects through his company, All Pro Sports.
“I was contacted by Tim [about headlining the clinic],” Doty said. “Now that my playing career is over, I can take part in being associated with events like this. I love kids and I love basketball. I’ve never done of these before, so I don’t really know what to expect from it or what may be coming next.”
But because their playing careers are not over, it’s unlikely any of Doty’s former UConn teammates can be there working with her on Sunday. Essentially, the NCAA prohibits active student-athletes from participating in such clinics not owned or operated by a member institution or an employee of its athletic department.
Once her degree is completed, Doty said she will return home to Pennsylvania to reconnect with her family, one which spent a lot of time traveling the world to watch her play for the last five years.
“I am going to spend significant time with them this summer,” Doty said. “I want to catch up because it’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to spend any quality time with them other than a week here and there.”
And then she will look for a job, one preferably that ties in with her master’s degree in Sports Management.
“I have been trying to get my resume out and meet as many people as I can,” Doty said. “I’m hoping there might be a possibility to work for Nike in some capacity. There are so many different components in that company. I do know that I love networking with people who share the same interests.”
And if that dream comes true, she can file it next to the one that ended in New Orleans with UConn’s win over Louisville in the national championship game. Doty was a part of five Final Four teams in his five years and won three national championships.
“It was an unbelievable way to finish a career,” Doty said. “It was all very special.”
To register for Doty’s camp. you can call Tim Leahy at 860-292-6311 or check out the webpage of www.allprosports.us.