By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
Terri Williams-Flournoy is a little more than two months into the job as the head women’s basketball coach at Auburn. She spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at Georgetown, where she led the team to its most successful run in program history the last three years that included three NCAA Tournament berths and a Sweet 16 showing in 2011.
The SEC Digital Network caught up with Williams-Flournoy at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin last week for this Q&A.
SEC Digital Network: What went in to your decision to take the head coaching job at Auburn?
“When I thought about Auburn, I thought about the tradition that they’ve had under Joe Ciampi. When [athletics director] Jay Jacobs and [senior woman administrator] Meredith Jenkins began talking about the Auburn family and what a great part it would be to be in that family and the Auburn tradition. I really just wanted to get back into the SEC.”
SEC Digital Network: How have things been going for you so far at Auburn?
“I think all I have done is try to hire my assistants and put my staff together. Just when I thought I had everything situated, Keith Brown got the head coaching job at Georgetown, so then I had to start over again. I feel like all I’ve been doing is trying to hire assistants. I’ve learned over the years that your staff is most important. As much as we want to get into recruiting and get our recruits set, I just feel that, right now, the most important thing to do is to get my staff situated, although we’ve done some recruiting along the way also.”
SEC Digital Network: What have you learned about your team since you’ve been at Auburn?
“We only got about two weeks of postseason workouts in, so I see we’ve got some long, lanky athletes, we’ve got a few big post players to work with and we’ve got some pretty good shooters. We’ve got a mixture of everything, we just have to put it all together.”
SEC Digital Network: Where do you think the Auburn program can go in terms of success?
“Of course, I want the program to be very successful. I know that I’m in a stage right now where I have to build it up a little bit, but that’s okay. I did the same thing when I was at Georgetown. Hopefully it won’t take as long as it did at Georgetown, but you just never know. As long as we’re headed in the right direction. We have everything in place and Jay Jacobs has given our program everything that we need to be successful.”
SEC Digital Network:
What do you like about the challenge of the SEC?
“It’s a great challenge, day in and day out. You have some really tough teams that you’re competing against and some of the best coaches in the country that you’re facing each and every night. But, to me, it’s not that much different than what I faced in the BIG EAST for the last eight years.”