Women's Basketball reaches out to fans in preseason
Oct. 25, 2010
Katrina Hall heard about the Texas Women's Basketball Fantasy Clinic, signed up and then showed up with a pad and pencil. Hall was ready to learn x's and o's.
"Then when I got here, it was a little different," Hall says.
That's because Hall and the other women were doing more than learning -- they were participating. Gail Goestenkors and her assistant coaches invited these fans in for one afternoon to have a special glimpse inside the program.
Participants went through on-court drills -- with Special Assistant Shaeeta Williams offering microphoned encouragement, like "I am a rock," and "Desire to dominate," -- and received small-group teaching at specialized stations.
Gale Valley took care of shooting, LaKale Malone handled dribbling and Ron Hughey worked on passing. Goestenkors then welcomed campers into the locker room and simulated a pregame meeting, and even drew up plays.
"Our staff actually really loves the fantasy clinic. It's a chance to be up-close and personal with fans," Goestenkors said. "We can teach them a little bit about what's going on behind the scenes with our team, and help them understand the gameday preparation. We want them to feel like they're even more a part of the program than they already were."
In addition to the fantasy camp, the Longhorns hosted two preseason open practices, and Goestenkors will kick off the second season of "The Coach G Show," her hour-long radio program, on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
"It's nice that these coaches are so open, and giving of their knowledge," Hall says.
Lauri Luther came all the way from Columbus, Ohio for the fantasy experience.
"I've never been to Austin before, so this was a great reason for my first trip," Luther says.
Luther has been a "Coach G fan" since Goestenkors was at Duke, but when Goestenkors came to the Longhorns four seasons ago, so did Luther's loyalty.
"Now I'm a Texas fan," Luther says. "This is a great way to learn about everybody, and just spend some time getting to know them."