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Getting to Know: CofC’s Natasha Adair

Aug 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

It’s August and we now continue our “Getting to Know” blog segment for the summer. There are plenty of people who are preparing for the upcoming basketball season, from coaches, players, and even the media. The CAA Basketball season is just around the corner and the CAA is not just welcoming a new team to the league this year in women’s hoops, we are welcoming three new coaches to the league. We wanted to take some time during the summer to introduce the CAA fans to the new face that will be coaching on the sidelines this coming season.

In our second “Getting to Know” blog segment, we sat down with College of Charleston’s Natasha Adair. We talked about the upcoming women’s hoops season and learn a little about the fun side of coach!

Now introducing… College of Charleston’s Natasha Adair.source:

CAA:   Welcome to the CAA!  What is the most exciting thing about coaching in the new league?

Coach Adair:  Thank you!  Our entire program is thrilled to be joining the CAA.  For me personally, I’m excited to coach alongside some of the best in the business.

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CAA:   In 2012-13, during your first year at the helm of the Cougars, you guided CofC to 16 wins, the most in the last 23 years.  With the first year behind you, what are some of the goals for the team this season?

Coach Adair:   Last year was a step in the right direction, but our goals are to remain consistent, outwork everyone and grind out ways to win – all the while having fun and creating positive memories.

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CAA:   What WNBA team do you cheer for and why?

Coach Adair:  I cheer for the WNBA Minnesota Lnyx because my former player and two time WNBA champion Rebekkah (Bekky) Brunson plays there. I take pride in following her continued success.

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CAA:   The Cougars advanced to postseason play a year ago with a trip to the Women’s Basketball and    you were an assistant on teams that played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). What are some of the important characteristics to a team, besides a record, that make them postseason worthy?

Coach Adair:  First off, postseason worthy teams usually have good RPI wins. They’re also typically playing well and winning down the stretch towards March. However, no one really knows the formula, so we just tell our players that every game is important – so go out there and try to win them all.

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source:  CAA:   Outside of basketball, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

Coach Adair:  Outside of basketball, I enjoy shopping and spending quality time with my family.

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CAA:   We are also did a Q&A session with Towson’s new head coach Niki Geckeler, a name that should sound familiar to you! What is it going to be like to be playing in the same league as a long-time colleague, as the two of you coached together at Georgetown for five years?

Coach Adair:  I’m excited to step back out on to the court with Niki again. It will feel like old times…… until the jump ball. We’re friends, but we’re also competitors. Niki has always been an influential leader and role model. I know Towson is proud to have her at the helm.

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source:  CAA:   A native of Washington, D.C., have you ever been to The Show Place Arena?  What are your thoughts about the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship being held at a neutral location, such as The Show Place Arena?

Coach Adair:  I’m very familiar with Show Place arena!  Its only two miles from my brother’s house. The location is great and the arena is fan friendly, which makes it fun for everyone on game night. I’m also excited to coach in my hometown. This will be a great homecoming.

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CAA:   What is your favorite pregame meal?

Coach Adair:  My favorite pregame meal is grilled chicken and steamed veggies.

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CAA:   The CAA has some great fans and arena atmosphere. Over the next few years, what CAA opponent’s crowd are you most excited to see?

Coach Adair:  I’m not sure I can say that I’m excited or looking forward to seeing JMU, Delaware or Drexel fans {laughs}…… but I will say that I respect all CAA opponents and expect that home court advantage – as always –  will play an important role in the outcome of games.

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source:  CAA:   What do you think the biggest challenge is going to be competing in the CAA?

Coach Adair:  Probably the biggest change for us will be the travel. Planes versus buses and northeast travel verses southeast travel. I will definitely earn more sky miles and will probably have to dust off my heavy coat more than once. The good thing is the court is still 94′ ft and the ball still has to go in the basket. For us, it’s a change for the better, not a challenge.

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