We met with WKU women’s coach Michelle Clark-Heard today to discuss a variety of subjects, including coaching jobs, recruiting, scheduling and Pat Summit.
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A few things not necessarily in the quotes:
Heard said she’d like to have her third assistant coaching position filled in about a week, but that she’s not going to rush it.
She actually did mention figuring out what to do with both the last coaching job and the director of ops spot, and if changes were needed within either of those.
It had previously been reported that Curtis Turley would be retained as director of ops, so it’s certainly possible that he’s being considered for that final assistant coaching spot.
Heard also said that no more current players have decided to transfer, although she wouldn’t rule it out down the road. She also said she’s open to adding to the 2012 class, but won’t sign players just for the sake of signing them.
On new assistant coach Greg Collins:
“Greg and I have known each other for a long time. We’ve built a very good relationship. … He’s a very good basketball mind, great X and O guy, but on top of that, a great recruiter. To coach in the SEC for the last five years, I feel very fortunate to be able to bring him here.”
On the final assistant spot:
“We’re in the process of evaluating everything. Here soon, you see as I go, I’m adding pieces, but hopefully in the next week. I’m not putting a rush on it because I want the good fit. This is very important to this program and the young ladies. I’ve talked to some people and have some in mind, and I’m just finding out which way I’m going to go with director of ops and the third assistant spot – if I’m going to do any changes in those.”
On signing JUCO guard Bianca McGee:
“We’re ecstatic to get her. What we need is some guards with the ability to put it on the floor and get to the basket and score, and she brings that to the table. She has a scorer’s mentality. She knows what it takes to win. When you add people into the situation we’re coming into, we have to have some winners.”
On signing Manual guard LeAsia Wright:
“We needed a point guard. When I got the job, she was my first target. I watched LeAsia since she was in the ninth grade. … She’s a point guard and can do a lot of things.”
More on Wright:
“She was a target that we had to make sure didn’t get out. Those are the type of players that, if we need that position and have scholarships, we have to go out after them and not let other people come in the state and get them.”
On the possibility of more signees:
“We’ll continue to recruit until I feel that we’ve filled the holes we need, but we’re not just going to sign players to sign players.”
On renewing series with Louisville and Kentucky down the road:
“(Louisville) coach (Jeff) Walz is trying to get me to play already, but I told him we’re not playing yet. We’re definitely going to do that. That’s something I definitely look forward to. The competition’s what it’s all about, and those are always great games. … We have to put ourselves i na position to be able to compete, but were definitely going to get them back on our schedule.”
On the news of Pat Summitt stepping down at Tennessee:
“I was fortunate to have that opportunity to be recruited by her. Her legacy has been unbelievable. Every time I would see her and her staff on the road, she just means so much to the game. When you think of women’s basketball, you definitely think of Pat Summitt.”