Sheldon guard Pierzina embracing teaching role as senior leader

Sheldon senior guard Olivia Pierzina wants to be a teacher when she gets older. But her time as a big sister and Irish point guard has given her good training already.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 11:45 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- Sheldon senior Olivia Pierzina is a floor general. The Irish lead point guard.

In a position like that, you have to be a leader. But Pierzina is the point guard of her house. So she knows what the deal is.

"Out of my brothers, I feel girls are more responsible growing up," says Pierzina with a laugh. "I liked growing up with kids so it was fun being around them."

The second of six siblings, Pierzina put down in her senior night profile that she wants to be a teacher. Which didn't come as a surprise to her head coach.

"She's got that kind of heart and got that kind of drive to help make people better," her coach, Brian Brancato, says.

And after being mainly a distributor behind two All-State guards, Pierzina got to step into the leadership role this year and has thrived.

"It made me feel comfortable that that was my spot and where I should be," Pierzina explains. "I think this year I had to take over a little bit more because we had our two main roles gone."

And her play caught the eye of Greg Sheeley at Lane Community College which is where she'll be headed next season.

"She plays 30-32 minutes for us. She's just a kid where you want the ball in her hands at the end of a basketball game. I think she thrives in that. And I think any college coach, that's what they're looking for."

In layman's terms: It's maturity. Something that Pierzina can credit her siblings for and take with her wherever her basketball career goes next.

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