Transferred athletes move to new home

Emily Moore, Sports Editor

Pitt-Johnstown coaches have drawn athletes from across the nation.

Women’s Senior basketball forward Agnese Aramina attended Ilguciema Secondary School (Cloud, Kan.) Community College for three years before she transferred to Pitt-Johnstown.

During her time at Ilguciema, Aramina red-shirted her first season, then finished the following two years playing.

As an international athlete, Aramina said that she attended that college because it was one of the few colleges where she had been recruited.

“The coach I had at the junior college recruited me, so I accepted his offer,” said Aramina, a former Riga, Latvia, resident.

“I wanted to go to a two-year school to begin my education so I could improve my English, and I knew it was a community college, so I knew I needed to go to a bigger campus after that.”

Without knowing where she wanted to go to school after finishing at Ilguciema, Aramina said she had talked to head coach Mike Drahos.

“I needed a place to transfer after junior college, and I ended up finding coach Drahos and he offered me to come play at Pitt-Johnstown,” said Aramina.

Due to the transfer, Aramina is allowed only two more years at Pitt-Johnstown.

She said she does not regret the decision to transfer.

“I really am glad that I came to Pitt-Johnstown,” said Aramina.

“I wish that I was here for all four years instead of just my final two college years.”

Senior outfielder/infielder Sean Sleigh also was a transfer athlete moving down a division from Division I St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, N.Y.).

According to Sleigh, he was on the St. Bonaventure baseball roster for two years there before transferring to Pitt-Johnstown.

“I attended St. Bonaventure because it was a good academic school, and I wanted to achieve my childhood goal of playing Division I baseball,” said Sleigh.

“I wanted to be closer to my hometown (DuBois, Clearfield County,) though.

“That is one reason why I transferred.”

Another reason for transferring was to continue his education while still being able to play baseball, according to Sleigh.

“A few of my teammates at Pitt-Johnstown suggested I talk to coach (Todd) Williams,” said Sleigh.

“I knew Williams ran a great program here, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Even though he moved down a division, Sleigh said he stands by his decision to transfer.

“Pitt-Johnstown itself is a great place.

My teammates are great guys, and our coaches are not only great coaches, but are remarkable individuals with a lot of respect shown toward them,” said Sleigh.

“I love the environment here and being able to play all home games at Point Stadium is an experience in itself; I regret nothing about the transfer.”