Sept. 4, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After IUHOOSIERS.com caught up with Indiana women's basketball assistant coaches Cherie Hogg and Vera Jones, fellow assistant Marc Wilson took his turn to talk about the upcoming season, himself and his transition to Indiana.
What are you most looking forward to this coming season?
"I am looking for an exciting season, a winning season and a competitive one. Being in the Big Ten, gives our staff a great opportunity to build and move forward with the program. I'm looking for a successful season. I hope that the young women learn and play hard and have some fun. Obviously, our ultimate goal is to win a Big Ten Championship."
What attracted you to the Indiana assistant coaching job?
"I came to Indiana because head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Being a colleague of hers for a couple of years, when she made the move, I did as well. We've known each other for more than ten years. We stayed in touch and always shared ideas and shared different ways to run a play or run a drill. We agreed that when one of us gets a head coaching job, we should work together. So that was the main attraction to Indiana. Coming to IU, with all of the tradition, winning and the wonderful atmosphere made this position that much more attractive. You always hear about Indiana basketball growing up."
What has stuck out to you in your move to Bloomington? What do you think about the community, the school and the environment?
"My transition here has been far better than I had expected. I played basketball in the Big Ten at the University of Minnesota and had the pleasure of coming down here as a player. We never got the chance to walk around the campus or see it. All of the support and passion that this community shows for basketball is remarkable. That love is just not here in Bloomington, it's all over the state. We have been received very well and everyone has welcomed us into this big basketball family. Everything has far exceeded my expectations."
What is something most fans do not know about you?
"I am the only national champion on the staff. When I was in high school, my senior year, I was a national champion. I'm from Baltimore, Md., and I went to Calvert Hall High School. We were national champions in high school in 1982. We went 34-0, played a national schedule and were ranked No.1 in the nation all the way through the season. I try to share that every now and then."
Outside of coaching basketball, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
"I love watching basketball and attending a lot of athletic events. My son and I, as well as my wife, go to different cities and try to go to events there. I bowl. I like to go to movies, and I like to go to bookstores and read books. That is just me in a nutshell, but most of my events and activities revolve around sports.
What aspect of the Big Ten are you looking forward to?
"The Big Ten, in my opinion, is the best conference in the country. I played in the Big Ten, and I continue to follow it. I am looking forward is that competition of playing the top-notch teams night in and night out and potentially becoming a Big Ten Champion. That is something that I missed as a player and I missed in my first go-round as a coach. I'm looking forward to the competition, the competitiveness, going to different arenas and competing against the other coaches."
What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
"The whole idea of giving them something and giving back. I've had the privilege of having a lot of different role models in my life that helped me with my successes on and off the court. I don't have any daughters, and I feel like they are ten to fifteen daughters of mine. I like to give back my experience with what I have captured in the past. Also, coaching is about having fun. I learn a lot from the teams I have coached. I hope to guide them in the right direction."
What can the fans expect from the Hoosiers this season?
"Fans can expect an exciting, fun, enthusiastic and passionate team. I think if we come out and do what we are supposed to, we execute, we play hard, we play smart, then we are going to have a lot of success. This team is hard working and is going to bring it every night, in terms of getting on the floor, scrambling and hustling and defending. Everything in a game that you call for, we expect that to show every night."