… Resources would address it right away. If you have a small staff of (academic support) people who are responsible for helping the student-athlete, the expectation can't be 8 a.m. in the morning until 11 o'clock at night, or midnight. That's unrealistic. But just to have the ample staffing and the facility to provide a quality learning space … I think it would be ideal to have a living learning situation for athletes. A lot of people will pause and say well you can't just have a whole building for them, but there are some campuses, BCS schools, that have those types of places. That would definitely be ideal, to be able to accommodate the student-athletes' schedules.
Does the historical significance of your being Hampton's first female HU ever cross your mind?
What has been the most notable thing about your new post?
Giving up my free time, the weekends. The past couple of years in Dallas, I had the flexibility of my weekends. I knew this was coming, but it's just kind of pounced on me. It's been fun, though, because I'm actually watching student-athletes compete — especially now with basketball, and that being my sport of choice as a student-athlete and a coach. I've been really enjoying it.
Do you think you could still suit up?
Oh, my gosh. I probably wouldn't make the cut out there with those girls.
Do you ever get some shots up in the gym?
I think it was when the guys were getting ready to play William and Mary. I stepped out there with my boots on. We had a football game that day, so I came from the football stadium with my boots on. I was checking to make sure I wasn't scuffing the floor. But yes, I did get some shots in. I was telling the guys, there was a time when the women's ball was this size, when I was in high school. It didn't get small until I went to college, and you know there wasn't a 3-point line when I was in high school. If there was a 3-point line when I was in high school, my point average would have gone up. I kind of gave them a little history lesson.
So how did you shoot?
I had to take my glasses off, and when I do, the depth perception gets a little mixed up. I did OK. I made a couple of shots. They gave me a couple of misses back.
What is the most important part of your job?
The most important part of my job is making certain that our student-athletes and our coaches can compete at high levels, and be provided the types of resources that are comparable to the schools which they are competing against. … Our teams do not have to go out and get guarantee games like a lot of institutions of our size do. With that being said, I feel that my role is to make certain that our teams are able to compete at an even or a better playing field than their opponents.
I also want to make certain that all of our student-athletes who enter Hampton University leave here with a Hampton University degree. That is very important. I was able to see a few former student-athletes in New York at the Big Apple Classic, men's basketball players who are doing very well right now. We actually invited them to come back and speak to our student-athletes so they can see that everybody is not going pro — as the NCAA commercial says, going pro in something other than sports. This one guy's working for Nike and is doing very well in New York. There's another student, he's not an athlete but he works for Madison Square Garden. They were very excited about Hampton being there. But just making sure that the student-athletes are graduating and they're thinking career and developing professionally. We want to make certain that we give them all of the tools necessary and all of the opportunities necessary to advance in their careers after they leave the university.