Aug. 29, 2007
Throughout the 2007-08 season, IUHOOSIERS.com will sit down and get to know the Indiana women's basketball staff and team. Second year Hoosier assistant coach Cherie Hogg is next on the list.
How would you describe your first year at Indiana?
Excellent. I absolutely love my job. There is no doubt about that. It was an amazing experience.
What has been your biggest surprise since arriving in Bloomington?
I still think the support that basketball has, not even necessarily the university, but just the support that the sport of basketball has - I have never seen it any where in the world. It's crazy! And fantastic!
What was your best memory of last season?
I still get a kick out of getting on a little bus and then driving up to our IU plane, walking from the bus to the plane and then jet-setting off to where ever we're going. I think that is a phenomenal, unbelievable experience and it's just awesome. Also, I'm just very proud to wear Indiana across my chest. And beating Notre Dame in South Bend and then beating Kentucky on their court was just amazing. I rose about three inches in both of those games on the bench. I wasn't 5-7 anymore.
Describe your presence on the bench.
I'm pretty quiet. I don't do a lot of yelling and screaming, but I will certainly be the one behind them saying my comment in their ear. My demeanor on the bench is pretty calm. When I follow someone like Coach Jack, we have to compliment each other. She's pretty over the top at times, so I'm pretty much under the radar.
What aspects of coaching in the Big Ten do you like the best?
I like that it's big time. I love the crowds that we play in front of. It's just a different level.
What is the most exciting thing about college basketball?
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I love game day. To me, it overshadows everything. Being a player and then making the transition into coaching, game day just does it for me. It absolutely floats my boat.
I think sustaining all of this. Obviously, I'm a long way from home. I played basketball for a long time and never thought I would coach. Now, coaching at this level after coaching for five years, I think that is my biggest accomplishment.
What qualities do you look for in a student-athlete?
I look for character, solid academics, talent and heart.
What do you like to do when you're not coaching?
I love to travel, so when I have any free time I'm in Las Vegas. In Vegas, I'm watching shows. I like to go on hot air balloon rides. I jumped out of a plane once. I'm training for a triathlon right now. I love motorbike riding. Just whatever I can do.