Women's basketball preseason notebook - Edition 4 (10.26.12)
Each Friday the Charlotte women's basketball team will be featured in a
notebook detailing news and notes surrounding the program leading into the
2012-13 season. Each notebook will feature a series of highlights, a short
Q&A with a member of the coaching staff and videos with the 49ers players.
In-depth information on the program can also be found on the Charlotte women's
basketball program's official twitter feed @CharlotteWBB. Be sure to watch this
week's videos with Amanda Dowe
) and Shequana Harris
Preseason A-10 listings
The Atlantic 10 released its preseason coaches poll and all-conference teams
Wednesday morning and the Niners were highly regarded across the board. The
49ers were picked to place third, including one first-place vote, by the
coaches in the expanded 16-team race. The ranking comes on the heels of a
sixth-place conference finish a year ago.
Senior Jennifer Hailey
was tabbed to the league's first team and all-defensive
team. She was the only Charlotte representative among the honors but the
selections fall in line with what many national organizations have predicted
for the Marshville, N.C., native.
A trio of 49ers were voted to serve as team captains this year. Taking on
the leadership role for 2012-13 will be seniors Jai Forney
and Jennifer Hailey
along with junior Ny Hammonds
Another Hailey honor
In addition to her All-Atlantic 10 First Team selections by the coaches and
College Sports Madness recently, Jennifer Hailey
also collected a Preseason
All-High Major All-American Second Team nod from College Sports Madness. Hailey
was one of three players from the conference to garner a spot among the four
teams (20 players) chosen by the website.
Head coach Cara Consuegra
participated in the annual Atlantic 10 Media
Teleconference Wednesday morning. Her time on the call was limited to eight
minutes but she fielded seven questions via various sources, including Twitter,
newspapers and radio stations throughout the conference footprint and
Q&A with Director of Operations Eric
1. What is the favorite part of
I'd say the best part of my job is knowing what's going on
behind-the-scenes in the program. I always know where we're traveling, what
hotels we're staying at, what kind of equipment we're ordering. I know where
we're eating at. I enjoy doing all the behind-the-scenes stuff and knowing what's
going on with all of that.
I love traveling and going to different places. That would probably be my
favorite part of my job.
2. What is the most challenging part of
Juggling it all. I'm in charge of traveling, game scheduling, some parts of
academics, all of our equipment (from the things we wear to the things we use,
like ball racks and practice items). I also handle some of the official visit
paperwork and the Fast Break Club. There's a lot of things I do but the
challenging part is staying on top of it. It makes for a long day, a long week
and a long season. But I enjoy it very much so.
3. Do you ever want to coach or do you
enjoy the director of operations position?
I really enjoy this job a lot. I enjoy being here at Charlotte but I have
always told myself, and I told Cara this too, the only reason I would ever
leave and take another job is if Cara and I both said it would be foolish for
me not to take one of those jobs. Yes, I do want to be an assistant coach one
day. I'm not going to be an assistant coach just to be an assistant coach. It
has to be the right position and at the right place. But, right now, I like
what I do and love Charlotte. This is home and it will continue to be that
until an even better opportunity comes along.
4. As an alum from Charlotte, how have
you seen this campus grow since you first became a student?
It has changed a lot. There was no Student Union. There was no football
field. There was no EPIC. There was no Alumni House. The Chick-Fil-A was in its
old location and the post office was small.
But, I love seeing the changes around here. The buildings are so nice. If I was
a student, I would love to be here at this time. I enjoyed my four years that I
was here but I can't imagine how much more I would have enjoyed it now. It's
almost a brand new campus. I know (assistant coach) Sabrina (Gregory) love
watching it change and the transition in which it has gone through. It's cool
to be a part of it and watch it unfold before your eyes. It's incredible.
5. What excites you about this season?
We're dog-gone good. We have a lot of talent. We are returning nine
letterwinners and all five starters, all of whom had significant minutes last
year. I'm excited about our home games. We have some winnable home games for
our seniors and others that can really put us on the map. If we take care of
business in some big games, and with the start of conference play, we can have
a really good record. I'm so excited for the seniors because they can do
something that hasn't happened in a few years and that's win an Atlantic 10
Championship. They have that kind of talent. We just have to stay healthy and
they have to be good leaders. They sky is the limit for our team. For us, it's
NCAA or bust.
Charlotte women's basketball will open the 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition
against Johnson C. Smith November 3 at 7 p.m. in Halton Arena. A week later,
November 10, the 49ers begin the regular season with a 6 p.m. tip against North
Season tickets are on-sale now starting at $30 and
are available by calling 704-687-4949 or visiting the "Tickets" menu
option at Charlotte49ers.com.