Feb. 2, 2012
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - During the 2011-12 season, UCF women's basketball head coach Joi Williams shares her insights on UCF's recent performances and upcoming games in a weekly Q&A. This week, she talks about her decision to start coaching and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the job.
Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a coach?
When I entered college, I always had this dream that I wanted to work in sports marketing for the NBA or one of the professional teams. I was a point guard by position, and as I got deeper into my collegiate playing career, I really became fascinated with studying the game, reading defenses and trying to figure out why/how coaches would come up with certain strategies. By the time I graduated, I knew that I wanted to coach young women because I had great love for the game and also wanted to be in a position to positively impact others.
Q: What is the three-day process like after a game to prepare for the next one?
After the game, we watch the game film to evaluate several different areas -- overall execution of game plan, offensive possessions, defensive breakdowns, etc. If it's a Sunday game, we typically use Monday as our mandatory off day. Tuesday and Wednesday, we watch film and go over the written scouting report to prepare for Thursday's game. After a Thursday game, we evaluate the game film, and on Friday we watch film first and then go on the court to do some shooting and walk through our defensive game plan for Sunday's game. On Saturday, we'll watch some more film and then go on the court for a full practice. Coach Greg Brown and Coach Bob Starkey alternate the scouting reports and do a great job of making sure we cover everything that we might see in the game.
The thing we stress in practice is really focusing in on the next opponent and carrying out the game plan for that specific team. Our pre-game talks are mostly geared around things that they hear us say/emphasize during practice.
Q: Part of your job is to motivate the team, but who or what are your sources of motivation? Why?
A big part of my motivation is just knowing that we have the opportunity to compete and continue to earn respect for UCF women's basketball; and probably even bigger than that is the fact that I absolutely hate to lose!
Q: What is your favorite part about your job? What is the least favorite?
The least favorite part of my job is sometimes having to make very tough decisions that affect our program and a player's future. My favorite part of this job is watching our players come into college as girls and leave as women and knowing that my staff and I were able to play a small part in helping them grow in all areas of their lives.