Monica (Schwing) Weimar is one of only five women’s basketball players to score 1,000 career points (she finished with 1,098 points). A four-time Northwest Conference all-star from 2000-01 until 2003-04, she ranks third on Linfield’s all-time career scoring list and seventh on the career rebounding ladder. A 6-foot-1 center, she started all 99 games of her career.
Monica, what are you currently doing today in terms of your career and personal life?
My husband, Spencer Weimar, and I moved to Whitefish, Montana, in July of 2007. I started working at Whitefish Mountain Resort in November, 2007, and am currently a Human Resources Representative. I just recently earned my Professional HR Certificate and truly love my job.
What is your favorite part of Montana and working at Whitefish Mountain Resort?
Whitefish is an amazing town in NW Montana only half an hour from Glacier National Park, providing us an abundance of outdoor opportunities just miles from our house – rafting, hiking, camping, and of course skiing/snowboarding. We enjoy being able to do things we love in the summer and winter so close to home and Whitefish has the small-town character that I loved as a kid growing up in Bend, Oregon. But the best part has to be working at a place where lunch breaks include a couple ski runs!
What is your fondest memory of playing basketball at Linfield?
My fondest memory, which sounds like a cliché, is the four years of building friendships and having fun with all the girls. We had so many great times together – fall retreats, summer games at The Hoop in Salem, team dinners, and even morning conditioning classes. Two on-court moments stand out to me as well - one was when fellow post player Shae Wright came all the way from the key to to block a 3-point shot by a Puget Sound player in our win over them during my junior year. The second was my senior year when we beat arch-rival George Fox at home.
What elements of playing basketball have translated to your professional life?
The most important trait I learned playing basketball at Linfield, without a doubt, is a solid work ethic. College basketball also taught me to persevere when I didn’t think it was possible to continue on – physically or mentally. I learned how to better work with others towards an end goal. Balancing academics and basketball also taught me important lessons about time management and prioritization that translate directly to my professional life.
Pick one word that describes the Linfield athletic culture. Expand on your answer!
Passionate. From the alumni to the coaches to the athletes, all of us love being a Linfield Wildcat. It’s the passion that drives getting up at 6 a.m. to go to Speed, Agility and Quickness class, going to the gym everyday with the idea of getting better, and having team dinners to spend more time together.
How closely do you keep up with your former teammates?
Not closely enough! I love the girls from the team and need to work harder to get them up here to visit & see all the fun that Montana has to offer.
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