Stamford senior Megan Landsiedel was weighing her options for life after high school when an unexpected call came.
It was from the recently hired girls basketball coach at the Kent School, Jason Coulombe, asking Landsiedel if she would be interested in a post graduate year after graduating from Stamford.
Coulombe was the boys coach at Kent for 10 years, compiling the most victories in the large school classification of the NEPSAC, during that stretch.
Landsiedel, who is an honors student, had never considered going the PG route until Coulombe called, thinking PG years were only for students who had trouble making good grades.
“I had no clue what a post graduate year was,” Landsiedel said. “This gives me another year athletically and academically. Once the coach reached out and explained it, I really liked the idea.”
Landsiedel was further sold on the idea once she and her mother visited the bucolic campus on the banks of the Housatonic River in Kent.
Landsiedel was a GameTimeCT second team All-State player, and selected to the CHSCA Class LL All-State and All-FCIAC first teams this season.
She averaged 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.7 assists per game.
She can handle the ball, score from the outside or going to the hoop, and is a tenacious defender both on and off the ball.
Over her career, she has developed a knack for playing her best in the fourth quarter and hitting clutch shots under pressure.
Because of injuries to two other seniors and only one other senior getting playing time, Landsiedel was often the only senior on the court over the final part of the season for Stamford, many times out there with all sophomores.
That allowed defenses to focus all their attention on stopping the 6-foot guard.
At Kent, Landsiedel will join a roster of juniors, seniors and other PG players while taking on top competition in the NEPSAC.
The hope for her is that a year at Kent will increase her profile and help her get Division-1 college offers.
On Twitter, the Kent School Girls Basketball feed has welcomed five new recruits over the last couple of weeks, including Landsiedel.
“The new coach has brought in some other recruits with me and I am excited about joining the team,” Landsiedel said. “I was going to go to college but now I get an extra year to prepare. It kind of works out for basketball and school.”