Catching Up With Coach J
July 21, 2008
Hello Dawg Fans-
Summer has finally arrived and for the most part, it's all quiet on the Husky front.
With the recruiting season finally upon us, the staff is heading out all over the world to find future Huskies. Places like Oregon City, San Diego, Memphis, Atlanta, and Buenos Aires are just a sample of the places our staff will be this summer on the recruiting trail. Although it is a very long and tiresome process, our coaches are the best in the land and look to be on top of their game as they watch young ladies ranging from gems in the rough to nationally ranked players.
We also added one new member to our coaching family, Sarah Pfeifer, who has joined us this month as our video coordinator. Sarah comes to us from the University of Arkansas where she spent 6 seasons as an exceptional player who unfortunately had more surgeries--five-- than full playing seasons. Sarah played a key role for the Razorbacks women's basketball team in a variety of ways--assisting with video responsibilities (off the court) and leading a very young team (on and off the court as their team captain). During her six years in Fayetteville, she earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Education in Recreation, Sports Management. She will oversee all of our Husky video needs. We are excited to have her as a member of our Husky family and we know she will be vital for our future success.
For starters, June brought the graduation of a trio of Huskies: Dominique Banks, Emily Florence, and Andrea Plouffe. The threesome made substantial contributions to the program over the past four years, leading the Huskies to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005-06 and 2006-07, and were valuable leaders to such a young group of ladies this past season. Although we are sad to see such a wonderful class leave Seattle, we know they will be very successful in whatever life brings them and no matter where they go, they'll always be a part of our Husky family.
Even though it is summer time, our 'Lucky Seven' are still continuing their hard work. At the end of our Spring quarter, our ladies took a two-week break to visit with family and friends. They are now back in Seattle attending summer school, amongst other things.
They are taking classes ranging from Independent Studies to Pilates and have also found time to work various Coach J Hoop camps and Lorenzo Romar Basketball camps. These camps are incredible opportunities for the ladies to teach some aspiring Huskies the ins and outs of the game--mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Somewhere between camps and school, our Huskies are also making time to attend voluntarily weightlifting and condition sessions with our new exciting and driven Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Ludwig.
We've been getting reports from our 'New Seven' that they are anxiously awaiting the start of college life and moving to Seattle. Kristi Kingma, Liz Lay, Charmaine Barlow, and Mollie Williams will be starting school in the University of Washington's Bridge Program, which is a chance for freshmen to come onto campus and get an early start on college.
Although not attending the Bridge Program, Nicole Romeo, Christina Rozier and Lydia Young have been working out extremely hard, preparing themselves for their transition in to the Husky Program.
The future of the Huskies is bright. And to all of you eager Husky fans, continue to be on the edge of your seat because the BUZZ is just around the corner.And now...
Weights, open gyms, class are mainly what our young ladies will be up to over the next month.
Somewhere in between all the work, they will also enjoy their days on the lake and hanging out with friends. Those players who are in the Seattle celebrated Independence Day at rising sophomore Sarah Morton's lake house.
Also, rising junior Sara Mosiman and a few other members of the team took some time recently to shoot a feature for GoHuskies.com which should be up and running soon. Sara gives a tour of our locker and film rooms to give people who are on our website an inside look at where our team spends a vast majority of their time. The feature is modeled after MTV's Cribs which gives audiences and inside look at the various amenities and homes of some of their favorite celebrities. So be sure to keep a look out for this feature coming to a computer near you!
While I'm jetting around the world looking for future Huskies, I hope you all have a wonderful July.
Until next time, remember it is always a GREAT day to be a Husky!