WPI’s Ama Biney doubles down on athletic stardom

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WPI’s recruitment of Ama Biney was a classic double team.

Whitney Goldstein, the Engineers softball coach, knew Biney as a power-hitting, fleet-footed centerfielder, who would be a home run for her program.

In the early stages of recruiting Biney, though, Goldstein learned her target was an outstanding basketball player as well and may decide to pursue a college career on the hardwood rather than the diamond.

Upon hearing this, as well as a rumor that some schools may offer Biney the opportunity to play both sports, Goldstein met with Cherise Galasso, the women’s basketball coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Galasso had Biney on her radar, too, but the longtime coach was under the impression that one of the city’s brightest scholastic hoop stars was going to play softball in college.

Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI's record-setting softball team.

Courtesy WPI Athletics

Ama Biney hit .445 as a freshman center fielder for WPI’s record-setting softball team.

“During the recruiting process Ama told me she loved both sports,” recalled Goldstein, whose grandfather was former Red Sox manager Don Zimmer.

“So, one day, I just went to Cherise and said, ‘I think this kid is an exceptional athlete who has All-American potential in softball.’ I told Cherise, ‘She’s a game-changer. She is an immediate impact player for us. Is there a way that she can be a part of your program, too?’ We kind of went from there.”

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