Auburn Players Give Their Take On New Coach

A pair of women's basketball players give their takes on their initial impressions on their new head coach.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the first assignments for Terri Willliams-Flournoy in her new job as Auburn's women's basketball coach is to get the returning players enthused about the change in leadership.

A pair of returning players for the Tigers, guard Camille Glymph and forward Blanche Alverson, said Williams-Flournoy, the coach who was hired away from Georgetown University, made a good initial impression on the Auburn players.

After arriving on campus soon after being announced as the new head coach, Williams-Flournoy met the players for the first time, got a tour of Auburn's facilities and spent a good bit of time getting to know the players.

"I was definitely very impressed hearing her speak and listening to what she had to say as well as reading about her," Glymph told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I can definitely say we are fortunate to have her because of the competitor she is. That is what I was most impressed about and about how much she is capable of winning. Her record at Georgetown is very impressive."

Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.

Glymph said the players themselves were not consulted about who the replacement would be for Nell Fortner, who surprised many by deciding not to return at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

"Nobody asked us about that, but I definitely wanted a coach who was fired up about Auburn and fired up about winning and we got that," Glymph said.

The guard, who averaged 9.0 points per game as a sophomore, said a big part of the discussion with the players was about the coach's belief in an aggressive style of play. That is something that got the attention of Alverson, who averaged 9.1 points per game as a junior.

"She told us why she chose to come here and what she thought she could bring in," Alverson said. "She talked about her playing philosophy. She wants to play quick and play with defensive tenaciousness.

"Basically we got to know her and what she expects of us and what we could expect of her," the rising senior added. "I think it was good just to be able to sit down and talk and get to know each other right off the bat. She emphasized patience and how we are all going to need to get to know each other.

"She made a great first impression and we were all sold on what the future of this program is going to be," Alverson added.

Blanche Alverson is shown with former Auburn coach Nell Fortner.

It is not unusual for players to transfer when there is a coaching change, which in this case will include an entire new staff.

Asked if she expects all of her teammates to return, Alverson said, "We are hoping so. I think everybody got a good feeling in our meeting with her."

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