Athlete of the Week: Ke'sha Blanton - Toledo News Now, News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Athlete of the Week: Ke'sha Blanton

(Source: WTOL) (Source: WTOL)
(WTOL) -

Ke'sha Blanton has been on the coaching staff for the last four years as an assistant women's basketball coach at Detroit Mercy. 

Before that, she spent as a graduate assistant coach for Florida State.

"“It was definitely a great experience to go to Florida State. To be able to play on and coach on the big stage, help them in that program," Blanton said.

She began her hoops career at Central Catholic. She began coaching elementary school, high school, and AAU teams while a student at the University of Toledo. 

Basketball has been a part of Ke'sha's dream for years.

"Coach [Bernard Scott] gave me the opportunity to coach after I graduated," Blanton said. "I was like this is something I can see myself doing in the future...I knew this is something I wanted to pursue beyond the high school levels. So I just took off and followed my dreams. And God placed me in the right spot at the right time."

Blanton uses the success of former teammate and WNBA star Natasha Howard, who plays for the Minnesota Lynx, as an inspiration to her players.

"She is the inspiration," Blanton said. "I got to work with her. I always tell our kids you can do anything. You have to put in this amount of work. That's what Tasha did. There's always a Tasha reference in practice."

Follow WTOL:  

Download our app here

Copyright 2016 WTOL. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Sylvania police find missing adult

    Sylvania police find missing adult

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-11-23 18:09:52 GMT

    Sylvania police are searching for a man who has been missing since Wednesday. Police say 82-year-old Charles Fackelman was last seen at the VFW Post 2898 on west Alexis Road in Toledo around 8 p.m. Fackelman is described as a white male standing at five feet five inches and weighing 158 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Police say he was seen leaving the VFW in a black and white cab. Police say Fackelman suffers from dementia.  Anyone with information should call 911.&nbs...

    More >>

    Sylvania police are searching for a man who has been missing since Wednesday. Police say 82-year-old Charles Fackelman was last seen at the VFW Post 2898 on west Alexis Road in Toledo around 8 p.m. Fackelman is described as a white male standing at five feet five inches and weighing 158 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Police say he was seen leaving the VFW in a black and white cab. Police say Fackelman suffers from dementia.  Anyone with information should call 911.&nbs...

    More >>
  • Toledo's third-annual Turkey Chase draws record-breaking crowd

    Toledo's third-annual Turkey Chase draws record-breaking crowd

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:22 PM EST2017-11-23 17:22:05 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A record-breaking 3,095 people joined in the race for a good cause. 

    More >>

    A record-breaking 3,095 people joined in the race for a good cause. 

    More >>
  • Cherry Street's mission is to serve the needy on Thanksgiving

    Cherry Street's mission is to serve the needy on Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:41 AM EST2017-11-23 16:41:08 GMT
    (Source: Cherry Street Mission Ministries)(Source: Cherry Street Mission Ministries)

    The mission is teaming with the Real Seafood Company and its owner Mike Gibbons for the eighth year in a row to not only hand out meals in house, but also deliver them to a thousand homes in the area. 

    More >>

    The mission is teaming with the Real Seafood Company and its owner Mike Gibbons for the eighth year in a row to not only hand out meals in house, but also deliver them to a thousand homes in the area. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly