Aug. 15, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana women's basketball assistant coach Cherie (pronounced Sha-REE) Hogg sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to talk about the upcoming season, about herself and her transition to Indiana.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
"I am most looking forward to playing in the Big Ten. I can't wait to get on the court with the team. We have been here three months and haven't seen the team on the court. Once we can get on the court, it's time to see what we've got to work with and start working with what we've got. I think everything the Big Ten adds to basketball is the most exciting."
What attracted you to coming to Indiana to coach the women's basketball team?
"Obviously, Coach (Felisha Legette) Jack got the head coaching job at IU and wherever she goes, I will follow. Big Ten, Indiana, IU basketball...it's all about basketball here, and I am excited to be apart of that."
Now that you have been on campus for several months, has anything surprised you about the Indiana community?
"Definitely the following Indiana basketball has. I've been lucky to go to a few events with Coach Jack and Coach (Kelvin) Sampson and the following and the support Indiana basketball has is amazing, and I love it."
How has the move to Bloomington been and how has the community responded you the staff?
"I love Bloomington. Everyone speaks to one another and says hello. Coming from New York, which was a culture shock for me when I went there, and back to a smaller college town where people know who you are and want to be apart of what you are doing has been great."
What is something most fans don't know about you?
"I was a police officer. I was back in Australia after playing a couple of years oversees professionally. I was there for about six months, and I knew I had to get a real job so I joined the police academy. The academy was awesome and being a police officer was very cool. I didn't quit because I didn't like it, I left the force to return to playing, which was what I loved. I always think I will go back to it, but I just haven't been able to yet."
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
"Becoming the person that I am has been my greatest accomplishment. I think I am very honest. What you see is what you get, and I am very proud of that."
What do you like to do when not coaching basketball?
"I love anything outdoors and anything in the water. I love the beach, but I will take Lake Lemon for now. I also like to paint."
What aspect of coaching in the Big Ten are you most looking forward to?
"Hopefully winning. I am most looking forward to playing in front of a crowd when it really counts. I want to say the game against Purdue is going to be awesome. Being able to experience that in-state rivalry is something I have never really had."
What can fans expect from the Hoosiers next season?
"It's hard to say because we haven't really seen our personnel. I will say that we will be up-tempo, exciting and no one will out work us. Hopefully, our signature will be our defense. We are going to be fun to watch."