From the U: Q&A with Lobo women's basketball coach Don Flanagan
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/04/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 4, 2010

Get up close and personal with Women's Basketball head coach Don Flanagan. Find out about what he does to relax, summer camps, and the new Pit!

If anybody knows New Mexico Women's Basketball, they are sure to know the name Don Flanagan. He may not be new to the game, but each season brings excitement to him every year. With the new and improved Pit and five incoming freshmen, there are many things to look forward to in the upcoming months. I sat down with Coach Flanagan to ask about the 09-10 season, summer plans, and all these new excitements to look forward to in 2010-11.

How would you sum up the previous season in less than five words?
Up and down. We were inconsistent, we had some good moments. We played very well at times, and played inconsistently at times and it seemed to me that we didn't get the kind of consistent effort that it takes to be really, really successful. We weren't unsuccessful, but we weren't as successful as my expectations were and I hope the expectations of the team were.

What are some of the things you would like to take from last season and carry on for the future?
I think we need to pay a little bit more attention to details to the smaller things to make sure we're doing everything precisely. I thought we broke down a little bit last year just because we weren't as disciplined as we could've been and I'm going to insist on a little more discipline. Improve our defense and the little things like blocking out all the time. Improve the offense to the point where we run things through repetition that we're more efficient with the way we do it. That's my approach for next year.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Fishing. Fly-fishing somewhere in Colorado, Idaho or Wyoming. That's what I like to do for relaxation. I like to be out in the country and fly-fish. I don't eat them though. I just like to say hello to the fish then send them back.

What is your favorite part of running summer camps every year?
I like to see the little kids, their enthusiasm and their energy. Camp time is really a fun time. It's relaxed and it's an opportunity to see my players interact with the young kids. I start to hear a lot of things that I say; they regurgitate that back to the kids. That means that we made an impact by our teaching methods and then they're making an impact. So we're carrying things on, I think, that are making young people better basketball players, better athletes, a little more disciplined, hardworking and skilled.

What are you excited about most with regards to the incoming freshmen?
They're a good group, they add some quickness to our team. They're young, they're learning, so we're going to have two classes of freshmen and sophomores that are going to make up the majority of the team. So I'm looking forward to working with their adjustment and helping them make an adjustment to the college game. And just looking forward to coaching them, I think they're a really good group. But you never know how good they're going to be until they come here and how well they adjust to the college level, the effort, the strength, the skill that it takes to be a college player.

Is there a lot of excitement for moving into the new Pit? Yeah, I think we're going to go from being in an average facility with a great atmosphere to being a great facility with a great atmosphere, which is really exciting. All the details that we need are here to develop a great program. They're going to have a weight room for Men's and Women's Basketball that is going to be sports-specific so that we can develop and train athletes in basketball. It's going to be an entertainment facility now where you have a restaurant where they serve dinner; we'll have corporate boxes, it's also still going to be the facility that it was at one time where you have people close to the court and it's a great atmosphere to be in. Everything about it is going to be first class so that part is really, really exciting. It's always been a great place to play, but the comfort level is going to improve so much.

Next week From the U will feature a conversation with director of operations Jordan Adams.