Oct. 5, 2007
What an exciting time for Washington State Women's Basketball! Coach Daugherty asked all of us to write a blog so that you can get to know our staff. So here it goes...
I am originally from the state of Washington. I was born in Republic (I bet you don't know where that is), and have lived in Colfax, Lake Chelan and spent most of my years in Federal Way. My basketball journey has taken my wife and I to California for 6 years and then the last two years at Montana Tech. I must say we are both thrilled to be here in Pullman and excited about what is in store for the women's basketball program here.
Being able to work with June and our whole staff has been so much fun. Here at WSU I am first and foremost the recruiting coordinator. Of all the things I do, this is the most important and I love it! This past summer I traveled from Launceston, Australia to Memphis, Tennessee and many places in between. One thing I can tell you for sure is there is genuine excitement about the New Era in Championship Basketball here at Washington State.
Other duties for me include defensive coordinator and working specifically with our post players. I love defense! There is no better feeling to me than being able to see your team display toughness, intensity and the desire as a unit to stop the other team. When you talk about being a team, this is never more evident than on the defensive end. Working with the post players also gets me excited. Being an effective post player takes a lot of hard work and I love the opportunity to develop these young women into the players they want to become. We teach moves called the "Tim Duncan", the "Shaq", the "Melo", and the "Sikma". I know most people out there will not know who Jack Sikma is, but he could really play!
There is excitement in the air here at WSU and great things are ahead for this program. Recruiting has gone very well and the players here are working hard to learn a new, fast-paced system that is fun to play in. I look forward to meeting many of the die-hard Cougar fans out there. When people say Cougar Pride is special and can not be matched, they are not lying.
Recently I was in five different airports in three states. In every airport I had at least one person walk by me and say "GO COUGS"! Being new to this kind of enthusiasm, it shocked me to see how proud fans across the country are about their Cougars. I am thrilled and excited to be a part of this kind of unique and special environment.
I finally understand what people mean when they talk about COUGAR PRIDE!