Coaches Corner: Steve Curtis, Ladies Basketball
Monday, October 29, 2007

Hello everyone.


I’m Steve Curtis, Head Coach of the Centenary Ladies basketball team.  This is the first in a series of columns that I’ll be posting regularly throughout the season.  It will cover  a combination of things – our student athletes, our coaches, our families.  There will be some joyful stories of victory and some sad stories of defeat.  Primarily, I would like to give you a little insight into what life is like as a collegiate athlete and coach.  I hope you enjoy it.


I am fortunate to have two terrific people coaching with me here at Centenary.  Bojan Jankovic is an excellent coach who has international experience as well as playing and coaching here in America.  KC Cowgill was a terrific player in college for our Nebraska teams and has everything you are looking for in a coach.  Each is the type of person that will be excellent for my children to grow up around.


Speaking of my children expect to read a lot about them in the coming months.  John is learning the joys of football at the ripe old age of seven.  As I write this, he is getting ready for his playoff game tonight.  Seven year old playoff football, what could be better than that?  I also have two daughters – Mattie, five, is in kindergarten and Katie, four, is in preschool.  Nothing makes the missed layups seem tolerable like their shouts of “Daddy’s home” when I open the door and walk in.  I have also been blessed with the perfect wife in Claire.  Can it really be __ years since she “accidentally” left her purse in my car?  Time flies when you’re having fun. 


Our players come from all over the globe.  They are a terrific group that has been working hard to bring Centenary Basketball to a different level.  September went something like this:  Conditioning Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at six a.m.  Weights Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30, and individual workouts mixed in between classes for a couple of hours each week.  On October 12th we started having official practices and those have gone pretty well for the most part.  There is still a lot to do, but I like the way we are progressing.


Our roster includes two seniors (Brittany Barbee and Ricquel Crockrom), two juniors (Cierra Bush and Karolina Zaloga), four sophomores (Monique Jefferson, Jasmine Bothwell, Leslie Forest, and Bethany Joseph), and four freshmen (Ashley Jackson, Anne Farrell, Sarah Weiler, and Michelle Hale).  Each has a unique story and perspective.  There are experiences ranging from All State athletic careers to nights as Prom Queen.  They share a common goal – to bring championship caliber basketball to the Ark-La-Tex. 


Shreveport – Bossier City is a great place to live, and Centenary is an outstanding academic institution.  With a bit of luck we can work together to develop a basketball program to make our community proud. 


See you again soon.


Go Centenary!