Caledonia Pride are delighted to announce that Scottish international forward Erin McGarrachan will be joining the team. McGarrachan, who was Scotland captain during their bid to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as representing GB at senior level, brings a wealth of experience, having played in the NCAA and won multiple honours as a professional in the WBBL and in Europe.
Erin began her basketball journey with Lady Rocks in Cumbernauld before embarking on a successful career in America’s NCAA Division 1, where she starred under Scottish coach Donna Finnie at Houston Baptist University, reaching the Southland Conference Final in 2015 and gaining a spot in the Conference All-Star 5 in the process.
Erin returned to the UK to continue her education at Loughborough University alongside beginning her professional career at Leicester Riders for the 2016/17 season, and success followed, as her university team won the BUCS Championship and Riders reached the WBBL Trophy Final in 2017, before going one better in 2018 by winning the WBBL Trophy as well as reaching the finals in the WBBL Playoffs.
A brief return to Lady Rocks was followed by a season in Austria’s professional league in 2018/19, with Erin once again starring, as her BK Duchess team won the Austrian Cup, with Erin the MVP of the final, and also reached the Playoff Final.
Having spent the past 2 years gaining her accreditation as an accountant, Erin returned to the floor once again for Lady Rocks in the Scottish Basketball Championship this season, helping her team to an undefeated record so far.
On joining Pride, Erin commented: “I am delighted with the opportunity to join Pride and can’t wait to hit the floor with the girls. We have a fantastic group and I am excited to be part of the programme!”
Coach Bart Sengers reacted to McGarrachan’s arrival, saying: “Erin is a great addition to the team. It is like having a coach on the floor. Her experience helps everyone and she is still a really good player. She knows the league well and brings leadership to the team. I believe she can make a big difference for our team. I am excited.”
Erin’s first game for Pride is due to be the away tie versus Shefffield Hatters on Sunday 21st November in the WBBL Championship.
Profile photograph courtesy of Lady Rocks.