Women's Basketball

    Off the Court With Jeana Finlinson

    Go Hoosiers! Director of Basketball Operations Jeana Finlinson took her turn to talk about her background as a Hoosier, her love for IU and the upcoming season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Director of Basketball Operations Jeana Finlinson took her turn to talk about her background as a Hoosier, her love for IU and the upcoming season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 29, 2006

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After IUHOOSIERS.com caught up with Indiana women's basketball assistant coaches Cherie Hogg, Vera Jones and Marc Wilson, IU Director of Basketball Operations Jeana Finlinson took her turn to talk about background as a Hoosier, her love for IU and the upcoming season.

    What attracted you to this position?
    "Well, I knew that I'm extremely passionate about the university and I know that I would ultimately like to be in an administrative position. This was just a dream job. Once I met Coach Jack, the decision was easy. Within the first five seconds of meeting her, I knew that I wanted to work for her."

    What do you think is the best thing about Indiana?
    "The tradition. I grew up in Indiana, I went to school at IU, I have two degrees from Indiana and have also worked here. The tradition and the support of the fans is amazing. People just love this place. I just adore this campus. It was a no brainer for me. I think it's the most beautiful campus in the Big Ten and one of the most beautiful campuses in the country."

    What is your favorite sports memory?
    "I was a professional rodeo rider. There is an event in Columbus, Ohio called the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and it's one of the biggest horse shows in the world. I won that event three years in a row, and the third time that I won it was on a really special horse. My family was there to see it. That would probably be my No. 1 memory."

    What has kept you in Bloomington?
    "My family is close. I just love it here. I would never leave Bloomington if I didn't have to. Some people would maybe say that I need to get out and experience new things, but I am very happy and blessed to be in Bloomington and in this position. Life is too short. Why would I want to leave? I love everything about it. I love the community and the support that we have from the community."

    What has been your greatest accomplishment? "I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, and then to get my master's degree was an accomplishment that I'm really proud of. I just feel like having this job is a dream and to have the ability to help build this program with Coach Jack is probably my greatest accomplishment."

    What is something that most fans don't know about you? "The obvious first choice would be the fact that I've ridden crazy horses at 50 miles an hour as a professional. Also, in the first hole of golf that I ever played, I had a hole in one. I didn't start playing golf until I was 19, and then I came to IU to play golf."

    What is the best part about your job? "The best part is that I get paid to do the things that I love. The organization, the planning and the administrative stuff that I love. I get to see young women grow as people and players, and to be able to play a part in that is just great."

    What do you miss about coaching?
    "I miss that on-course/on-court interaction."

    What are some of your hobbies and interests? "I love sports. I'm a huge Colts fan and a huge Cubs fan. I am 100 percent dedicated to helping Coach Jack build a championship program here. My hobbies are IU basketball and everything else is on the back burner."

    What are you most looking forward to this season? "I am most looking forward to the progress. I'm excited to be able to look back in March at our success individually as athletes and academically."

     

     


       

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