Catching Up With Coach J
June 11, 2008
Hello Husky Fans-
SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMERTIME...so much to share before we unwind. Let's get to it.
In the words of Alice Cooper, 'School's out for summer...school's out for ever!' Well maybe it's not quite out, but it's just around the corner and that's something that seven Huskies are anxiously anticipating!
Just as seasons change, we are preparing for a few changes ourselves.
First, our video coordinator Betsy Butterick took a job at Occidental College where she'll be an assistant coach to former Seattle Storm assistant, Heidi VanDerveer. We wish Betsy our very best. We also send well wishes to Katie Abrahamson-Henderson as she takes on the associate head coach title for the Indiana Hoosiers. Although Betsy and Katie will be missed, we know they will do fantastic and will always be a part of the Husky family.
Get the fireworks out and celebrate with us the return of a homegrown Washingtonian, Judy Spoelstra. We are very excited to have her join our basketball family as our new assistant coach. She is no stranger to longtime Husky fans, as she was the head coach at Oregon State for 10 years. Judy joins our existing staff, making it one of the most experienced and accomplished coaching staffs in the nation. We have nothing but the deepest respect for her ability as a coach. She is a trusted and loyal colleague who brings many years of experience. Her willingness to work hard, with the intent of helping us reach the next level, is special to this program. We're glad to have Judy back home and welcome her and her adorable five-year old son Evan to our Husky family!
The 'Lucky Seven' as they call themselves have been working hard this offseason to become better basketball players. We have been allowed eight hours to work with them (two of those hours used for individual court work). Each individual court work was just that--INDIVIDUALIZED, making it suitable to what each player needed to work on most. The other six hours were used to lift weights and condition either by running, agility work, biking, attending self-defense classes, and even playing ultimate frisbee!
For some additional fun, the team went out on Lake Washington on a 40-foot yacht for nearly three hours. They capped it off with some sunbathing, beach volleyball, fishing, jet skiing & even some BBQ'ing. To cool off, they enjoyed a team bonding moment by jumping in to 60-degree water.
All in all, it has been a tremendous spring. It's been so tremendous that we NOW have a 'New Seven' joining our 'Lucky Seven'.
In the April Blog, you were all notified of the signing of Australian standout, Nicole Romeo. At that time, Nicole joined Kristi Kingma, Mollie Williams and Liz Lay. Well we are happy to report three more new Huskies will be joining our team for the coming season-- Charmaine Barlow, a 5-10 forward out of Chief Sealth High School, Christina Rozier, a 5-8 guard from Miami, Fla., and Lydia Young, a 5-11 forward from Detroit, Mich. Both Lydia and Christina bring a wealth of experience from Southeastern Illinois Junior College.
As the summer approaches I'm excited about us coming together. We're setting the table for a new era and preparing places for some new faces at our next Husky cook out.
I'm already day dreaming about future pick-up games, the preseason and fall workouts. We're thrilled to have the 'New Seven' join our 'Lucky Seven.' INTRODUCING . . . the 'FANTASTIC FOURTEEN'!
The ladies are preparing for exams and looking forward to the summer break.
Due to the NCAA rules, we are not allowed to work with any of our athletes during the summer months but have provided them with optional workouts to keep them in shape and get them prepared for what will be an exciting 2008-2009 Season.
Most of the players will take a few weeks off to enjoy the summer--spending time with family and hanging out with friends-- before summer school, internships and actual jobs get underway.
We are all looking forward to having all our Huskies in Seattle! Basketball season is only four months away.
Until next time, remember: EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A HUSKY!
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