Sept. 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After IUHOOSIERS.com caught up with Indiana women's basketball assistant coaches Cherie Hogg, Vera Jones, Marc Wilson and IU Director of Basketball Operations Jeana Finlinson, head coach Felisha Legette-Jack took her turn to talk about the direction of IU women's basketball, her coaching style and her hobbies.
What can you say about the direction of the Indiana women's basketball program?
"The program is going upward. It depends on our player's ability to stay open to the challenge."
As far as coaching, do you try and implement a particular style in your approach?
"Passionate - my coaching style revolves around passion. What you are going to get is all of me, 100 percent of the time. I might not be the best in every area, but if you have passion for what you are doing, that's what is important. Our team will always exemplify that in the way we play the game."
What do you feel is the best part about Indiana Athletics?
"The spirit and the support of the crowd are electric. It's an adrenaline rush for all the possibilities. We know that history has been made here, and the challenge is in making the future. That's why people come, to not only match the history, but to surpass it."
What is your favorite sports memory?
"My favorite memory is when you are in the locker room after exhausting yourself of all your talents, and you came out victorious. The emotion you feel when you are with your teammates and coaches. It's a celebration."
How did the move from New York to Bloomington affect your family?
"This move was really a tough challenge for my family. We were settled in New York and it was a great atmosphere. Then we picked up and moved half way across the country, it was just almost too much to bear. I'm not the type of person to just pick up and move, so my hope is that this is my last move. We survived it, for what I hope, once again, is the last time."
What have the first few months as a Bloomington resident been like for you?
"The people here are great and always willing to help. They really want you to succeed and will do anything to help make sure your steps are smooth. I love the trees. I came from the city, and its great to have so much space. The greenery makes it almost unfair that someone can live in a place so peaceful, so safe, and so comforting."
What has been the greatest accomplishment in your life?
"When a kid graduates and says 'Thank you, you pushed me and I flew.' We can sit here and talk about championships and USA Basketball, and those things are way up there, but the thing that really touches my spirit is when a kid actually exceeds their own expectations. When they graduate from their respective university and turn back to say, 'You made me better.' It's happened a few times now, but there will never be enough."
What is a something interesting that someone might not know about you?
"I'm an avid reader and I love to eat. I really like horses as well. I like law shows, 'The Practice' was one of my favorites. I really enjoy hearing and watching emotional success stories like 'Extreme Home Makeover.' I'm really just a simple person."
What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
"It's a process, the act of putting something together. It is great to see a successful game plan being executed on the court."
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
"I like to relax by hanging out with my family and friends. I enjoy going to church and really talking to people about their faith. Traveling is also something I find fun. And work, I find work fun."