A national ‘giant’ has fallen !
Former national women’s basketball player Simone Edwards has died after a long battle with cancer.
Edwards, who had been diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, lived in Florida and is the first Jamaican woman to sign with a WNBA team having played for the Seattle Storm with whom she won the title in 2004 before retiring in 2006.
The 49 year old upon transitioning into management coached the Jamaican women’s national basketball team to the 2014 Caribbean Women’s basketball championship title.
Edwards along with Althea Byfield and Oberon Pitterson, and the rest of the Jamaican aggregation finished 6th at the Central American and Caribbean games in Cartagena Colombia back in 2006 .
She was hired as an assistant coach at Radford University in 2007 and also served as an assistant at George Mason University from 2008 to 2011.